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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Such a friendly plant and so easy to please, but once you’ve got it in your backyard, it may never want to leave.

    This is one of those plants from far away, an introduced species that has actually been popular in Southeastern gardens for a good while now. It is a native of southern Asia, mostly India and China. If you start looking into it, you’ll discover that many of our favorite garden plants (in fact most of them) have their original homes somewhere else.

  • It’s time to enjoy oysters, shrimp, crab and clams at local festivals

     October is one of my favorite times of the year, as oysters, shrimp, crab and clams are featured at the many seafood festivals in our area. Shrimp, because they are so rich in food value, are the most popular of seafood products, but you can’t beat the oyster stew and clam chowder that is prevalent this time of the year.

  • Enter the world of a whispering God

     I am not a whisperer. Nothing about me is silent. I am a loud Italian with laughter as my trademark. In fact, someone once commented upon a dress I wore while on duty at the hospital, saying, “You won’t blend while you’re wearing that dress.” Not knowing whether that was to be taken as a compliment or not, I responded, quite accurately I think, “I have never blended ... not once in my whole life.”

  • Mary Farawell celebrates 100th birthday
  • Sellers reunion Oct. 18

     The descendants of Elisha Sellers (1867-1935) will have their annual family reunion beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, in the fellowship hall of Supply Baptist Church on U.S. 17 in Supply. All family members are invited and encouraged to attend. Each family is asked to bring a basket of food to share, and any family updates since the last reunion.

  • Burnett wins state pageant

     Grayson Dodd Burnett, daughter of Ed and Carolyn Burnett of Southport, was crowned Grand Supreme Miss North Carolina Tarheel at the state pageant in Winston-Salem. Featuring contestants of all ages, Burnett won the pageant’s top honor after competing against 22 other contestants in beauty, poise, personality and modeling. She was also named top model after her five modeling presentations.

  • Cameryn Smith wins final MEC golf tourney of season

    Cameryn Smith shot a 75 and won the final Mideastern 3A/4A Conference golf tournament of the season Oct. 13 on the Nicklaus Pines Course at the Country Club of Landfall. 

    Smith, a senior, was the only golfer to break 80 on the 5,628-yard course in winning the championship. Caroline Cahill, a Laney High School sophomore, shot an 81 and finished second.

    On the front nine, Smith shot a 38 and Cahill a 39. On the back nine, Smith shot a 37 and Cahill a 42.

  • Fishing for king mackerel at its best in fall

     The king mackerel fishing has been on fire this past week. Therefore, for those of you fishermen carving pumpkins, go ahead and slowly put down the knife and get the boat ready — the fish are biting. The kings have made their presence known by moving into the shallower waters of the Cape Fear shipping channel. In addition to being closer to the beach, this area is well known for producing big fish this time of year. Fishermen that fish the right time, tide and place can have one of their best king mackerel days of the year.

  • Fishing brings family together
  • Napolitano named SAC Defensive Player of Week

     Wingate University senior defensive end Nick Napolitano (West Brunswick) is the South Atlantic Conference Defensive Player of the Week. Napolitano receives this honor for the second time this season and in his career.

    Napolitano had 10 tackles, 3.5 tackles for loss and one quarterback sack as the Bulldogs defeated Catawba 30-19 Saturday, Oct. 11.

    Napolitano also had four quarterback hurries and broke up one pass.

    He forced a fumble and leads the NCAA and the SAC in forced fumbles (four).