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Today's News

  • 'Holidays' theme of photo contest

    The December meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club combined a potluck dinner with a juried competition of members’ photographs representing “December Holidays.” Winners were chosen in three divisions: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

    Beginners Division

    First place: Bob Boal–‘4th Advent before Christmas.’

    Second place: Mary Wayne–‘Mother Nature’s Ornaments.’

    Third place: Fran Sheehan–‘Old St. Nick.’

    Intermediate Division

  • Reasons to look toward the sky in the New Year

    The world hailed 2009 as the “International Year of Astronomy,” and across the globe, special events honored the occasion.

    Even the stars and planets seemed to join in the yearlong tribute: Jupiter took a hit from some space junk; Saturn’s rings disappeared for a few days as they faced us edge-on. Our moon gave up a deep secret; there is water on its surface.

  • Rattlesnake weed will rear its ugly head in February

    Rattlesnakes may be hanging out waiting for warmer temperatures, but now is the time to deal with rattlesnake weed. Also known as Florida artichoke and Florida betony, this member of the mint family rears its ugly head in February when a few warm days get it growing.

    Atrazine, which is sold as Purge, does a pretty good job of controlling Florida betony in centipede and St. Augustine lawns. The only material that has any activity on this aggressive weed in shrub beds is diclobenil, sold as Casoron or Barrier.

  • Bluebirds need help to survive here in our winter climate

    Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nesting sites.

  • Edwards-Todd

    Jessica Lynn Edwards of Ash and William Allen Todd of Shallotte were married Dec. 5 at Camp Branch Baptist Church in Ash, with The Rev. Leroy Long officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Thea Barefoot of Ash and the late Wayne Edwards.

    The groom is the son of William Earl Todd and Wanda Todd of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her mother.

    Amy Fulford, the groom’s sister, served as matron of honor. She wore a black knee-length dress.

  • Aging is not always easy: The fight to live until you die

    I watched as she squirmed in her chair. With a sigh that mingled desperation with frustration and anger with despair, she let her head drop to her chest. Then a sudden burst of energy and feisty combativeness grasped her and she shouted out, “I feel trapped. Don’t any of you understand? I feel trapped. I am being treated like a baby. I have lost control of my life. I am in a hole and I can’t get out!”

  • After long layoff, BCC men resume season with conference games

    Two cancellations gave the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team a layoff of nearly three weeks before it resumed its season Jan. 5 at Johnston Community College (too late for this edition).

    BCC, 10-4, was playing its best basketball of the season before the layoff. It had won three straight games, averaging at least 93 points in each of those games. It beat the Guilford College junior varsity 93-60, College of Coastal Georgia 98-97 and Sandhills Community College 95-79.

  • Pate had MVP year for Trojans

    Sometimes a team’s most valuable player is evident by his absence. And I think that is the case this season for the West Brunswick football team.

    Senior running back Maverick Pate did not make first-team or second team all-conference, but that is not a reflection of his ability: an injured ankle sidelined him for most of the conference season.

    “He would have definitely been all-conference,” West coach Jimmy Fletcher said. “He could have been player of the year if he had been able to stay healthy.”

  • Otis Nixon, Oakland's Powell to be at annual Leland Hot Stove banquet

    Otis Nixon and Landon Powell will be the guest speakers Jan. 15 at the Leland Hot Stove League annual banquet at North Brunswick High School.

    Admission is $20, and the banquet raises money for baseball scholarships. This year, organizer Gary Rabon said, money will be used for one $1,500 scholarship and three $500 scholarships.

    The autograph session will begin at 5:30 p.m. and the banquet will begin at 6:30 p.m. In addition, the winner of the Brunswick County Baseball Player of the Year will be announced.

  • Politicians, party officials reflect on Soles' senate tenure

    As State Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.’s 42-year political career comes to a close, state politicians and local party officials reflected on his career in Raleigh.

    On Wednesday, Dec. 30, the state’s longest serving lawmaker announced he would not seek re-election to the North Carolina Senate in 2010.

    Marc Basnight, the Democratic President Pro Tem of the senate, said Soles “has represented in the senate the very best of what a senator should be.”