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Today's News

  • Honor those who help children during Child Abuse Prevention Month

    The Brunswick County Community Child Protection Team will sponsor its third annual flower launch from 4-5 p.m. Wednesday, April 8, at Waterfront Park in Southport to kick off Child Abuse Prevention Month.

    In the past, the event had a solemn tone, focusing on children who died as a result of abuse in North Carolina the previous year.

  • Go native with your landscape; tips for growing plants in Brunswick County

    I’ve never been one of those people who got overly excited about native plants. We do have some wonderful natives, but some of our southern favorites like evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and crape myrtle have all been introduced from other parts of the world.

  • Getting ready for spring; know what to plant and when

    Survival techniques for certain plants provide that they be dormant during harsh weather and they grow and thrive during good weather. Problems arise when the weather becomes similar to springtime conditions and the plants respond by initiating new shoots, buds, leaves, flowers, etc.

  • Landscaping for wildlife: Part II inviting birds into living screens

    Continuing with the discussion of how to invite birds to your home, the first thing to examine is the concept of living screens.

    Living Screens

    Hedges and rows of trees screen off unpleasant views and reduce noise from highways. In crowded neighborhoods, they offer privacy for your backyard activities and they attract birds to your place year after year. Juniper, autumn-olive, dogwood, cotoneaster, or a combination of these, make good living screens.

    Open Areas

  • Cheap doesn’t mean unhealthy; nutrient-rich value for your produce dollar

    As food budgets tighten, you often hear people claim, “it’s more expensive to eat healthy.” Smart shoppers know to look for fresh fruits and vegetables in season and on sale. They also know there are some super healthy produce items that are as expensive as they are tasty.

    Eat Right Montana suggests the following tips for stretching the produce dollar:

    Dried Beans, Peas and Lentils

  • DeHarts celebrate 60 years

    Pauline and Elvin DeHart of Supply celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married March 25, 1949, in High Point. The couple moved to Supply more than 25 years ago when Elvin retired from Western Electric.

  • Solitude is not a lonely place; stillness is a remarkable gift

    Contrary to our usual pattern, my husband received a book and I began to read it. A tiny bit of literature written by Henri J.M. Nouwen, it’s title drew my attention: “Out of Solitude: Three Meditations on the Christian Life.” These meditations were first given as sermons at the United Church of Christ at Yale University.

    I had just returned from undergoing an outpatient procedure with the lovely command to spend the remainder of the day resting. Resting! What a nice message and delightful gift, a treat that I would otherwise guiltily embrace.

  • NASCAR is an economic indicator

    If there is one sport I thought was strong financially, it was NASCAR. It has a loyal following and television ratings are consistently strong.

    But even NASCAR has been hit by this recession, and it may have an impact on local driver Chad McCumbee.

    This season he is racing for SS Green Light Racing in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, and through three races he is fifth in points.

  • Brunswick County dips to 28th among the country's fastest growing counties

    Brunswick County has once again made the U.S. Census Bureau’s list of the 100 fastest growing counties in the country.

    But this time, Brunswick County, which once enjoyed the 14th and 17th spots on the Census Bureau list, has fallen to 28. With its population estimated at 103,160 people, Brunswick County’s population increase last year now ranks 28th in the country and third in the state.

  • West's girls' team wins three; improves to 8-0

    A delay of the game for 50 minutes did not hamper the Trojan softball team March 18, as it easily handled White Oak 11-2.

    Carly White struck out 10 batters as West opened its conference season with a victory against a Class 3-A foe. She gave up three hits and one earned run. She walked two.

    The game was a reschedule of a rainout from the previous day. The umpires had a starting time of 6 p.m. instead of the scheduled 5 p.m. start time.

    The first inning for the visitors showed visions of things to come in the game, as West scored six runs.