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Today's News

  • Senior project helps autistic child through therapeutic riding

    What began as a senior project for West Brunswick High School seniors Ainsley Wood and Meredith Cox turned into a life-changing experience for an autistic 9-year-old boy and his family.

    Wood and Cox each began their projects with a different subject area of research—Wood focused on autism and Cox on the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

    “I thought it’d be interesting to know about [autism],” Wood said.

  • Local children have made big contributions to community

    They may be small in stature, but Brunswick County schoolchildren have proven they have big hearts and can make significant contributions to this community.

    During the last few months, students at schools throughout Brunswick County have been doing good deeds by taking part in selfless acts of giving to others.

    There are too many school-wide projects to mention them all, but among some of the many, many projects completed by students just before and during the holiday season are:

  • Wards win trip to New York City

    Al and Kathy Ward of Sunset Beach recently spent a weekend touring New York City as winners of the Big Apple Holiday Getaway presented by ATMC.

    The couple’s entry was submitted to www.atmconline.com, and they were selected via random drawing to win the four-day, three night trip, including accommodations at the Four Diamond Muse Hotel in New York’s famed theater district, airfare, tickets to NBC Studio Tour, dinner at the Rainbow Room and tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.

  • Local players named to All-Conference teams

    Four West Brunswick High School football players are on the Mideastern All-Conference team. Three others are honorable mention.

    Ryan Hill, Alfy Hill, Isiah Williams and Charles Brown made first team all-conference. James Johnson, Maverick Pate and Dylan Bowman are honorable mention.

    Below are highlights of their season and comments by coach Jimmy Fletcher.

    ALL CONFERENCE FIRST TEAM

    Charles Brown

  • Make use of fishing gear you got for Christmas now

    If you are looking to celebrate the New Year by breaking in that fishing gear you got for Christmas, there are still opportunities out there. Water temperatures are a little lower than what they were last year, but that is still warm enough for the area to hold some fish. Quite a few species are still active, with speckled trout topping the list for most winter anglers.

  • Baby, it’s cold outside: How to stay warm while playing golf this winter

    It’s warm outside as I write this. The temperature is supposed to go higher than 70 degrees today, so my visiting family and I will be out on the course this afternoon wearing light clothing.

    That’s great, and one of the reasons we chose to live here on the Carolina coast.

    However, we do get cold weather here during the winter months. The temperature can dip way below freezing for several weeks at a time. Plus, because we’re next to the ocean, wind is a constant chill factor.

  • Insurance rates to increase on the coast

    Homeowners’ insurance rates are expected to increase nearly 30 percent in coastal counties, according to the rate schedule recently approved by the N.C. Insurance Commissioner.

    The rates are set to increase 17.5 percent in beach towns and 28.9 percent on the mainland.

    That’s not as much as the 70 percent and 50 percent hike in those areas the N.C. Rate Bureau had requested, but it will affect homeowners, according to local officials.

  • Christmas shoppers on the lookout for deals in tough economy

    SUPPLY—At the Dollar General store near Holden Beach just a few days before Christmas, Eloise Wright looks for bargain-priced toys for her grandchildren’s presents.

    She also plans to visit the food section to get enough dry goods to make their favorite cookies, still with her eye on saving money.

    “They’ve got 25 percent off on a lot of toys right now,” Wright said, scanning the aisle.

    “Things are tighter right now. I really need to be more frugal.”

  • Best and worst of 2008: Trends

    I promised I’d be back with more “best and worst” of the year. This time, I’ve decided to take on the trends of 2008.

    From “going green” to vampire books and movies, and from presidential slogans to penny-pinching, it was definitely a memorable year—for both good and bad trends.

    Best: I’m all for the trend of making good movies for kids and adults. “WALL-E” was one of the best movies I’ve seen in years, and it was highly entertaining for my daughter as well.

  • North wins over Trask

    LELAND—North Brunswick held Trask scoreless for the first quarter en route to a 69-21 victory over Trask Dec. 18 in a high school girls basketball game. North coach Travis Fortune used all 10 of his players and all scored at least two points.

    Sophomore forward Barbara Graham and sophomore guard Tyera Fisher each had 13 points. Fisher, who is leading the team with a 14-point scoring average, also had four assists.