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Today's News

  • Severe weather anticipated Thursday evening through Friday morning

    The National Weather Service has indicated potentially strong storms could move through the area Thursday night and Friday morning.

    According to NWS, severe thunderstorms are possible that may produce damaging winds and tornadoes.

    The window for the greatest potential of severe weather is from around 8 p.m. Thursday through 1 a.m. Friday.

    Throughout the day Friday, wind gusts could reach about 30 mph.

  • Plan ahead for severe weather; you don’t know when it might strike

    Flashlight? Check.

    Weather radio? Check.

    Cell phone complete with up-to-the-minute weather text alerts? Check.

    Twenty-four-hour-weather station tuned in so I can absorb the three-hour Doppler loop while I sleep? Check.

    Last Friday and Saturday, I huddled on the couch, watching the storms swirl through the southeastern United States heading for the North Carolina coast. No, it wasn’t a hurricane I was worried about—it was the possibility of tornadoes and lightning.

  • Sunset Harbor senior site stays busy, provides a place for locals

    SUNSET HARBOR—Harriet Benton greets everybody at the Sunset Harbor senior nutrition site by name, flashing a bright smile and asking if they are having a good day.

    The site, in the fellowship hall of Faith Community Chapel on Sunset Harbor Road, is open every day from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and offers more than a meal to local seniors looking for socialization.

  • Please, do not feed the alligator

    Residents at Cardinal Pointe Apartments in Shallotte had their first alligator sighting of the season this past weekend, when an alligator was spotted swimming in a retention pond behind several apartment buildings.

    The alligator was then seen sunbathing on Monday and swimming on Tuesday. N.C. Wildlife Enforcement officer Matt Criscoe said for now, the alligator is going to be left in the pond.

  • Fitness and Aquatics Center debuts during open house

    The Brunswick Community College Fitness and Aquatics Center is now open.

    The center opened last week and had its grand opening Saturday, offering tours of the building. There was also a drawing for free memberships. Staff members were on hand to show visitors all the amenities the 55,000-square-foot building has to offer.

    A 9,000-square-foot gymnasium with an NCAA-regulated floor and seating for 1,500 spectators will serve as the new home of BCC’s basketball and volleyball teams. While practices and games are not going on, the gym is open to all members.

  • Outdoor grilling isn’t just for steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs

    Once again, it’s time to fire up those outdoor grills and enjoy some great home-grilled cuisine.

    Grilling has become unbelievably popular, but I have found, though, there is a misconception concerning outdoor cooking. Most everyone assumes if you’re cooking outside, then you’re barbecuing. Not so.

    When barbecuing, one must utilize an indirect heat source that produces smoke or heat to cook the meat. This process usually takes more time than other types of cooking, depending upon the type and size of meat.

  • 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.