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Today's News

  • Marathon game sprinkled with excitement

    In a Junior American Legion baseball game that ran so late into the night on July 2 the automatic sprinklers came on at 11 p.m., the Southwest Trojans blew a 9-6 lead in the seventh inning before beating Leland Post 68 18-13 in 10 innings.

  • Scorpions reach semifinals of tourney

    LELAND—North Brunswick beat top seed Jacksonville but lost to eventual champion New Hanover in the fifth annual Scorpion Shootout high school basketball tournament.

    Twelve teams played in the three-day tournament June 26-28 at North Brunswick High School.

    The Scorpions finished 2-3 in pool play. On the first day, they beat Union 83-59, lost to Laney 66-55 and lost to New Hanover 75-50. On the second day, they lost to Hoggard 88-66 but beat East Duplin 50-45.

    Entering the tournament as the No. 4 seed, the Scorpions routed Trask 73-48.

  • Everybody needs a cheering section

    At the annual N.C. Fourth of July Parade in Southport last Friday, a cheering section of sorts formed in front of Southport Baptist Church, where a master of ceremonies was stationed to describe each parade entry.

    Every time a car, band or float passed by the church, the M.C. would describe the person or the organization represented, and, every time, a group of people behind me would let out “whoops” and “whoos” for them—whether they knew who the people were or not.

    M.C.: “The mayor of Anytown, U.S.A.!”

  • Fresh peaches are now available at local fruit markets

    When selecting fresh peaches, look for ones that are soft to the touch, blemish free and have a fragrant smell. Peaches that are mildly fragrant ripen into sweet and delicious flavors. Choose fruit that has a background color of yellow or cream and has a fresh looking appearance. Peaches may have some red “blush” depending on the variety, but this isn’t a sign of how the fruit will taste after it’s ripened.

  • Students graduate, get honors at UNCG

    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has announced 2,148 students received degrees, including 1,471 undergraduates and 677 graduate degrees, at its May 16 commencement ceremonies.

  • Local couple participates in Rotary exchange program

    They walked through ornate gardens, saw rolling pastures where sheep and horses roamed and visited centuries-old churches. Every day, they dined on tea with scones, jam and heavy cream with the locals and learned about their traditions.

    Their recent trip to Taunton in Somerset County, England, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for George Wong-Chong and Mari-Lou Wong-Chong of Holden Beach, mainly because it wasn’t a typical sightseeing excursion.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Sea Pals allow children to create a virtual aquarium

    Kids ran through Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach trying to get a fish or a lobster or even a shark. But these sea creatures weren’t real—they were plush. They were being raffled off every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the national launch of Sea Pals, a new product by Applause from Russ.

    More than 1,000 children and their parents participated in the launch Sea Pals are sea-themed finger puppets that have an online code that allows the consumer to access a Web site and create a virtual aquarium for their sea creature.

  • Photo contest focuses on aquatic life

    Grab your camera and dive into the North Carolina Aquariums’ photo contest. The annual competition for amateur and non-professional photographers puts the focus on the state’s diverse aquatic life.

    Images from the waters off North Carolina’s coast or within the state’s freshwater system can be entered in “Underwater Open” or “Underwater Close-ups,” depending on the scene depicted. Don’t do the deep sea? Stay high and dry while snapping shots for the “Aquatic Life in the Aquariums” category.

  • Insects and diseases, part II: Disease can catch up with tomatoes

    Tomatoes are a favorite of America’s home gardeners. They taste great and also are good for you. What a perfect food. No fat and lots of vitamins C and A. Tomatoes were once known as “love apples” because they were thought to be an aphrodisiac, but at my age, that would be a terrible waste of a juicy, red tomato fresh-picked from the garden.