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Today's News

  • Christmas and Lenten roses brighten winter landscapes

    Christmas roses, as well as Lenten roses, can bring blooms to our winter landscape. These perennials are hellebores, an old-fashioned plant enjoying renewed interest. They are not roses at all, but belong to the buttercup family. They thrive in alkaline soil but tolerate acidic soils as well. They should be planted in partly shaded to shady sites.

    There are several types of hellebores, but the two most common are H. niger and H. orientalis.

  • Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

    Professor Higgins of “My Fair Lady” fame posed the question: “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”

    He did so because he was confused and confounded by the perceived vagaries of his female pupil, a young woman whose differences were becoming more intriguing and attractive than he wished to admit.

    The query was rhetorical. He scarcely wished his colleague Pickering to respond logically, or even to respond at all. He asked Mrs. Pearce the same question, with the same motivation. Poor Higgins!

  • Spooky events for the entire family this Halloween season

    Looking for something scary to do this Halloween season? Whether you’re a child who wants to dress up and seek out candy, or you’re an adult looking for something to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, this region has plenty of things to do during the creepiest month of the year.

  • ‘The Catch’ resonates years later

    What will be the defining moment in the 2008 World Series?

    What play will be written about this month and rewritten about in the following years?

    What video clip will be included in the history of World Series highlights?

    Baseball fans have their favorite moments from the World Series, and one fan gave me two books that include his highlight from the 1955 World Series.

  • OIB runner among winners in Oyster Festival races

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— In the rain Saturday morning, Ocean Isle Beach resident Margaret Coleman won the women’s 5-kilometer run in the Oyster Festival Road Race.

    Coleman, 19, finished in 22 minutes, 52 seconds and was 17th overall. Brooke Penegar, 12, of Lancaster, S.C., was the second-fastest woman (18th in 22:59) and Randi Sheppard, 19, of Wilmington, was the third fastest (22nd in 24:10).

    Dwight Jacobs won the 10-kilometer Oyster Festival Road Race. Jacobs, a 47-year-old Greensboro resident, finished the 6.2-mile race in 36 minutes, 7 seconds.

  • South beats North 21-20, stays unbeaten

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The atmosphere was electrifying, the excitement and anticipation were high. These are what rivalries are all about. North vs. South. The Scorpions of North Brunswick High School vs. the Cougars of South Brunswick High School.

    Games in the past few years have been decided by a couple of points. Friday night’s game was no exception, with South Brunswick winning by one point, 21-20, to remain undefeated (7-0).

  • Bowlers compete in Special Olympics

    The Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department ran a Special Olympics adult bowling tournament Oct. 10 at the Brunswick County Bowling Center.

    Highest score for the men was Leon Benton with a 162; for the women, Kim Rivers, 138.

    Pizza Hut of Shallotte donated pizzas for lunch. The West Brunswick High School JROTC helped as volunteers.

  • Cougars open playoffs with victory

    South Brunswick High School opened the Class 2-A state volleyball playoffs by beating South Lenoir 25-17, 25-10, 26-24 Saturday at South.

    Caitlin Bevill had 41 assists in the victory, which improved the Cougars to 13-7.

    South played a second-round game Tuesday (too late for this edition).

  • Victory keeps playoff hopes alive

    West Brunswick held off a strong finish by Whiteville to beat the Wolfpack 2-1 Monday night in a nonconference soccer game.

    “We were playing on our heels a little bit in the last 10 minutes,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “You can tell it’s been a month since we won a ballgame.”

    The Trojans’ last victory was Sept. 12 against Waccamaw Academy. Since then, West had lost 11 straight games in the Mideastern 4-A/3-A Conference and dropped to 7-11 overall.

  • Some fishermen buzzing about spot fishing and the electric chicken

    As is usual for inshore fishing this time of the year, a majority of anglers are camped out at the piers and inlets waiting for the spot to run. So far the results have been mixed. We were having a great fishing year, despite the high gas prices, right up until the fall, which has been a bit of a disappointment.