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Today's News

  • Trojans oust defending state champs in first-round playoff game

    Alfred Hitchcock would have loved this.

    The setting had everything “the master of suspense” ever wanted.

    Two outs. Bottom of the last inning. Defending state champs in the field. Game tied. Runner on second. Last guy in the lineup steps to the plate.

    Seth Roberts hit the ball into no-man’s land between the first baseman and right fielder to drive home Blain Turner and lift West Brunswick to a 9-8 win over C.B. Aycock in the second round of the 3A state baseball tournament.

  • Lady Trojans perform well during first round of state playoffs

    It was a nearly flawless performance for the West Brunswick Lady Trojans in the first round of the Class 3A state softball playoffs May 13.

    Heather Carter threw a one-hitter and Carly White hit a three-run home run as the Trojans routed the Havelock Rams 8-0.

    “Can’t say enough about how they performed,” West Brunswick coach Joe Noble said.

    Carter gave up one hit, and that was an infield hit on a close play at first base in the sixth inning. She walked the first batter she faced and only one more the rest of the game. She struck out six.

  • Trojans finish 12th at state track meet

    Four West Brunswick track athletes left the Class 3A state meet with no medals but with plenty of confidence for next season.

    The only individual Trojan competitor was Josh Johnson, who finished 12th in the 100-meter dash in 11.44 seconds.

    “While Josh did not have his best time at the state meet,” coach Yogi Hickman said, “he has really accomplished a great deal this year. I never thought it would be possible for him to qualify for this meet back in March, when he couldn’t even run without a significant limp.”

  • UPDATETwo suspects charged with Calabash drive-by shooting

    Two men have been arrested and charged with the murder of a 28-year-old Calabash man.

    Matthew Lee Baber, 25, of 7143 Channel I, Sunset Beach, and Norman Elliot Simmons, 23, of 6501 Kingtown Road, Ash, have been charged with the murder of James Allen Murdock.

    Police found Murdock in a car on Pineclair Drive near Calabash just before 10 p.m. May 8—dead from an apparent drive-by shooting.

    Although investigators believed it was a drive-by shooting, sheriff’s office Lt. Sam Davis said it was not a random shooting—Murdock was the apparent target.

  • Vacations are not always relaxing

    I have taken many types of vacations in my life, from an extended family two-van convoy to Yellowstone Park in Wyoming to a honeymoon in Hawaii.

    All my vacations since becoming a mother have involved at least one trip to a zoo, and they’ve all been entertaining.

    But the kind of vacation I’m taking as you read this is not the typical one, even for me.

    In fact, it’s kind of a “working” vacation, as it were, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • The blend of basil and tomatoes is a marriage made in heaven

    Basil, like many foods throughout the ages, has had a multitude of identities.

    Basil is derived from the Greek word basiliskos, which literally translates as “Little King.”

    It is alleged basil was a constituent in various regal potions and medicines; however, if you were to hop in your time machine and visit various eras and places around the globe, you would encounter many different associations with basil.

    Legend of basil

    Legend has it basil grew around Christ’s tomb, as well as on the spot where the Holy Cross was found.

  • An Antarctic adventure

    I left Ocean Ridge for an adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica’s White Wilderness at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 27. My wife Carol opted not to join me (as did many other saner Ocean Ridge residents) as she had a healthy fear of the ship ride from Argentina through the Drake Passage (the roughest body of water in the world as the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the turbulent waters of the Antarctic converge).

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Ongoing through June 15

  • Do we really want a new Earth?

    I am neither a rabid fan nor a resolute enemy of Oprah Winfrey.

    The reality is I watch her program when I am preparing dinner or walking on my treadmill. Oprah becomes background music for my activities. That may seem a diminishment of her worth, but actually I appreciate what she does for humanity.

    Granted the iconic stature she has achieved over the years, Oprah still seems to want to do good and empower others in the same direction.

  • Church briefs

    Summer worship services set

    Blessings on the Beach, non-denominational worship services, are set for 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. They are sponsored by Barefoot Beach Chapel at the cabana on East Beach Drive at SE 46 Street on Oak Island.

    Please bring your own lawn chairs or beach blankets.