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Today's News

  • Boiling Spring Lakes man charged with 30 counts of sexual exploitation of a minor

    A Boiling Spring Lakes man has been arrested and charged with 30 counts of third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.

    At press time, Wilbert Robert Schmidt, 62, of 1000 Beaufort Road, Southport, was in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $1 million bond.

    Detective Sgt. Donna Simpson, with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Crimes Unit, said the third-degree sexual exploitation charges are for possessing child pornography—thousands of photos he allegedly took.

  • Liens filed against Calabash Lakes developer

    CAROLINA SHORES—A Calabash Lakes resident was surprised recently when she started to refinance her home and learned from the bank a lien had been placed against property in the two-year-old community.

    Since the homeowner had title insurance, she was exempt from the lien, said Bob Litz, a property owner in the Portrait Homes community off Thomasboro Road where construction has halted and the developer has been unreachable in the wake of a faltering economy.

  • Second season to begin for wrestlers

    All sports are challenges for athletes, but wrestling is unique because wrestlers battle challengers and themselves.

    High school wrestlers have to monitor their weight during the season to stay eligible in their weight class. Like the general population, for some that is easier done than others. And a few pounds do make a difference. For example, a freshman in the 103-pound weight class most likely will be at a disadvantage against a senior in the 112-pound weight class.

  • West Brunswick loses back-to-back MEC games

    The West Brunswick High School varsity basketball teams lost conference games on back-to-back nights last week. West’s boys lost 65-32 Jan. 22 at Jacksonville and 66-35 on Friday at home to Hoggard.

    West’s girls lost 61-37 to Jacksonville and 61-43 to Hoggard.

    The Trojans and Lady Trojans remain winless in the Mideastern Conference. Game summaries are below.

    HOGGARD BOYS 66

    WEST 35

    Hoggard outscored West 17-5 in the second quarter in beating the Trojans 66-35 Friday.

    West dropped to 2-14 for the season.

  • South Brunswick’s boys defeat East Columbus

    LAKE WACCAMAW—Joey Hines scored 10 points and had 10 rebounds as South Brunswick won 47-39 Friday at East Columbus in a conference basketball game.

    Hines and A.J. Ferguson played stay-away-from-my-basket and stopped the Gators on two consecutive drives, allowing Ervin Hall to shoot and hit a 3-pointer to start the game. Hall finished with nine points.

    Hines, showing no effects from an ACL tear suffered last year, appeared to be jumping higher on some tap-ins and rebounds than in previous games.

  • If you’re thinking about making stew, try some beef goulash instead

    When the temperature dips into the 20s and 30s this time of year, sometimes even the teens, maybe it’s time to start thinking about making some good, slow-simmered stew on the stove.

    Using a combination of small cuts of meat (beef, pork, veal or lamb) along with bunches of carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, onions and any other vegetable of your liking, and then placing them in a large covered pot and simmering them in a seasoned liquid for a long period of time would probably constitute being called a stew or a “burgoo.”

  • Cold weather update: What has it done to our gardens?

    We had a bit of excitement last week as “Old Man Winter” dusted us with snow, temperatures in the teens and lots of wind. As a southern boy born and raised in the heat and humidity, that’s pretty miserable for me, but more importantly, what has the cold weather done to our gardens?

    The short answer is not much, but our Taiwan cherry tree and camellias have suffered.

  • Pre-spring lawn care: Part I of a two-part series on spring lawn care

    Now is a great time for planning weed control in your lawn. There are two kinds of weeds to consider. Winter weeds will be discussed first.

    The majority of winter weeds are annual weeds. They grow during the winter, flower and produce seeds, and die during the first hot spell in the spring.

  • Survivor reality show for landscape plants: Why don’t plants survive?

    What kills plants? As a time of reflection of last year and for many of the years I have been involved with diagnosing plant disorders, I find plants dying mostly from being planted too deep, from under- and over-watering, and from fertilizing too much. Someone once told our class to look in the mirror to find your plant’s number one enemy. We are often the ones to kill our plants with kindness. Too much of a good thing can be bad especially when it comes to watering practices.

  • ‘Gran Torino’ is a story of redemption found in relationships

    Typically, I avoid Clint Eastwood movies. The violence disturbs me, but I was advised to see “Gran Torino” and to report my thoughts and feelings about the film. So I did. And, I was amazed at what I saw.

    The first surprise was there was a nearly full house on a Wednesday afternoon. Gray and graying heads bobbed in conversation, since we all arrived many minutes before show time. I caught bits and pieces of the varied dialogue, mostly about golf, taxes, and maladies—speech that seniors find interesting and informative.