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Today's News

  • December gardening tips: Maintaining your Christmas tree

    If a lovely North Carolina Christmas tree is part of your home’s decorations this season, we have some tips to keep it looking its best:

    1) Keep the Christmas tree and all holiday plants watered and protected from hot or cold drafts. Christmas trees may take up lots of water the first day or two so keep a close eye on them. Christmas trees are not dangerous as long as they are green and pliable. If they dry out, they become dangerous.

  • How to maintain and keep indoor plants healthy: Part II

    As a continuation of last week’s column, following are other factors to consider in caring for indoor plants:

    Humidity

    In a moderate humidity range of 20-40 percent, it is possible to grow a variety of plants; however, cacti and other succulents do well in a humidity range of 5-15 percent.

  • Are Americans experiencing a spiritual crisis?

    All that one hears these days is a doom and gloom tale of woe, from Wall Street to Main Street and back again.

    The market is dropping, sales are down, money is scarce, foreclosures are rampant, and retirement funds are racing downward. Crisis is the word of the day and the power that fuels nightmares. Henny Penny is having a field day.

    As a result, some choose the path of avoidance and denial. They sit before a television set watching football games or soap operas, or “reality shows” that have little to do with the reality around them.

  • Sportsmanship award is meaningful

    One of my co-workers at another paper was a West Virginia native and loyal fan of the Mountaineers’ football team. One time, when we were discussing football, he mentioned no matter what happens each season, West Virginia must beat the University of Pittsburgh. He couldn’t explain it, but, he said, he hated Pittsburgh.

    He was like millions of other college football fans who have intense loyalties to their alma mater and wish a slow death upon their fiercest opponents. With college football rivalries, nothing is sacred. Sportsmanship is a forgotten virtue.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South Brunswick

    West Brunswick held off a fourth-quarter rally by South Brunswick to beat the Cougars 35-31 in a nonconference girls basketball game Friday.

    West led 32-24 with 1:29 left, but South rallied on a basket by Brittany Spivey with 46.2 seconds left, a free throw by Christina Deveney with 42.5 seconds left and another free throw by Shatiqua Smith with 41.5 seconds left. Those scores cut the West lead to 32-28.

  • West’s boys split with South, North

    The West Brunswick High School boys basketball team ended a three-game season-opening losing streak by winning two last week.

    After a loss on Friday to South, the Eagles are 4-2 as they enter the conference season this week at Hoggard. West’s first home conference game will be Tuesday against White Oak.

    Below are summaries of West last three games:

    SOUTH 60

    WEST 38

    South Brunswick got its first victory of the season and ended West’s two-game winning streak Friday.

  • West Brunswick loses conference-opening dual

    West Brunswick High School had three winners in a 58-18 loss to Laney in the first conference dual of the season Dec. 3.

    Two of the Trojans’ victories were by pin. Ted King won his heavyweight match in 22 seconds.

    Deven Raune won his 152-pound match by pin in 2:15.

    West’s other victory was by Joey Moreno at 171. In a match in which both wrestlers were on their feet for most of the time and constantly warned about stalling, Moreno won by disqualification with the score tied 5-5 in the third period.

  • Coastal Horizons’ Brunswick facility to open in 2009

    Early next year, Coastal Horizons Center will open its new, 7,000-plus square-foot facility on U.S. 17 South in Shallotte behind Jones Ford to provide mental health, substance abuse and rape crisis services in Brunswick County.

    Coastal Horizons Center is a private nonprofit agency headquartered in Wilmington and has been in operation for more than 38 years. In 2007, the agency broke ground on its new office, with help from a donation from the Odell and Virginia Williamson family.

  • Grant renewal sought for Preventing Adolescence Pregnancies program

    Girls Incorporated, an organization that inspires girls to be strong, smart and bold, aims to help reduce and eliminate adolescent pregnancies through interactive programs that combine comprehensive sex education with activities that help teach assertiveness and values.

    To help continue its mission, Girls Incorporated is seeking a renewal to continue a grant administered by Teen Pregnancy Prevention Initiatives (TPPI).

  • Shallotte loses forefather

    To the editor: Shallotte lost another of our town forefathers last month.

    Those of you who have been here for a long time remember Dykes Tires as Shady Park Esso, which opened around 1940.

    You remember Dykes checking your tires, looking under the hood, chit-chatting while he filled up your tank, never seeming to be in a hurry for you to leave.