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Today's News

  • Screening plants add privacy and beauty to your landscape

    You won’t have a chance at an Oscar, but screening plants are important for privacy, windbreaks and just forming property boundaries.

    For a long time now, if anyone asked, “What should I plant for a screen?” the answer was often, “Leyland cypress.”

  • Did you miss Arbor Day?

    Arbor Day observances can be tricky. There is the date set aside for the national Arbor Day celebration, in addition to many other observances across the country occurring at different times. Here is a brief history of how Arbor Day got started:

    J. Sterling Morton and his wife moved into the Nebraska Territory in 1854 from Detroit. He and his wife were lovers of nature and the home they established in Nebraska was quickly planted with trees, shrubs and flowers.

  • It's always a good thing to believe in life

    “O, my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the Lord. I have promised and I will do it, says the Lord.”

    When I read these words from the prophet Ezekiel, I am consoled beyond belief. At first blush any of us might say this message is for the house of Israel, the chosen people of the Hebrew Scriptures. What has this to do with us? What has it to do with Lent?

  • Rayfield's homer wins South Brunswick's conference opener

    Garrett Rayfield hit a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give South Brunswick a 10-9 victory over East Columbus in the Cougars’ first game of the conference baseball season March 24.

    South led 7-6 run entering the top of the seventh, but East Columbus took advantage of an error to tie the score. In the top of the eighth, East Columbus scored two runs on errors in taking a 9-7 lead.

    In the bottom of the eighth, Robert Jones led off with a hit. Justin Pauley followed with a walk. Rayfield then hit the game-winning home run.

  • West soccer team loses to 3-A Cardinals

    The West Brunswick varsity soccer team lost 4-0 March 24 to Class 3-A rival Jacksonville.

    The loss dropped West’s conference record to 0-5.

    The West junior varsity lost 4-0.

    “It was our most consistent game of the season,” JV coach Steve Nagy said. “We came out and played well. It was 2-0 at half but the girls didn’t give up. There was no letdown in the second half even after the goals.”

    Taylor Harris had nine saves.

    In a nonconference varsity game Saturday against Rocky Mount, West lost 4-2.

  • McCumbee finishes 28th at Martinsville

    Chad McCumbee and the SS Green Light Racing team finished 28th Monday at the rain–delayed Kroger 250 at Martinsville Speedway.

    After the drop of the green flag, McCumbee moved steadily forward in the running order, reaching the 13th position on lap 70. During the races next caution, the race would take a dramatic turn for the SS Green Light team, as a huge cloud of steam erupted from underneath McCumbee’s Black’s Tire & Auto Service Silverado.

  • Shallotte officials seek transportation plans

    SHALLOTTE—Aldermen are mulling possible road improvements and additions to help solve downtown traffic problems and meet requirements of the town’s vision plan.

    On Tuesday, the town heard possible alternatives from traffic engineers from Ramey Kemp, the firm the board hired to help with road and traffic issues.

    Engineers presented several “Main Street alternatives” including widening Main Street to a five-lane section, which would be the least expensive option but would also be the least pedestrian friendly and have the lowest vehicle capacity.

  • Coastal Envirothon contest winners named

    On March 24, Weyherhauser’s Cool Springs Environmental Center was host to the Coastal Envirothon on the banks of Swift Creek.

    The Envirothon is a hands-on environmental education program for teams of high school and middle school students.

    The Area 5 and 6 Soil and Water Conservation Districts, the N.C. Association of Soil & Water Conservation Districts, Weyerhaeuser, NUCOR, Georgia Pacific, Pepsi, Coke, Natur Chem and local farm bureaus sponsored the program.

  • New directors join CIS board

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) has announced four additions to its board of directors.

    Donna Williams owns and operates Fitwize 4 Kids in Leland, where she resides with her husband and two children, and brings expertise in leadership development, community resources and fundraising.

  • April means it's tuna time in Brunswick

    It is finally spring and starting to feel like it. If you are a Brunswick County fisherman, you can now come out of hiding.

    March is a great month, but it has a tendency to show all the signs of spring and then leave you hanging with water temperatures that are typically still too cool to promote much good fishing. However, April is here and the water is warming up.

    Ocean Isle Fishing Center inshore guide, Capt. Kyle, has been reporting good catches of redfish and speckled trout. He is optimistic about the inshore fishing over the next couple of months.