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Today's News

  • Pumpkins everywhere

     I walk with a great group of women in the early morning. Not only do we get an hour of exercise, we keep each other up to date on news and events. Last week’s discussion was pumpkin. It seems the flavor of pumpkin is popping up everywhere at restaurants, coffee shops and grocery stores. My friends are specifically fond of pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts and pumpkin coffee creamer.

  • Giving Excellent Praise

     We seem to be having a national discussion on when and how we should praise children. We have “Tiger Moms” who praise rarely to never and parents who praise for accomplishing the simplest tasks. Fortunately, there is a treasure trove of youth development research to help all of us find a place on the spectrum of praise that will support the development of a healthy self-concept in the youth with whom we work. This is the first column of a two-part series on giving praise.

     

  • Crepes can add a dramatic ‘flare’ to most any meal

     For longer than I can remember, I’ve been making dessert crepes stuffed with lemon soufflé and other types of fruit fillings and then dusted with powdered sugar. I’ve also had good success with the classic Crepe Suzette, which is nothing more than dessert crepes bathed in an orange-flavored sauce and then, for dramatic flair, flamed with a little Grand Marnier or Cointreau.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  • Bullying breathes and breeds disaster
  • Shirah completes basic training

     Air Force Airman John F. Shirah, son of Denise and Marty Shirah of Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Shirah completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate’s degree in applied science through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Smith reunion

     The Dunbar and Elisa Smith reunion Oct. 11 will be at Waccamaw Park instead of the Shallotte Senior Building.

  • South completes sweep of West in volleyball

     South Brunswick beat West Brunswick 25-17, 25-22, 23-25, 16-25, 15-10 in a conference volleyball match Sept. 30.

    The victory completed a season sweep by the Cougars.

    For South, Rexi-Lee Harris had 25 assists. Kelsi Kazmierczak had 10 kills.

    Cali Watson had 13 kills and four aces. Georgianna Watson had 15 digs.

    South is 5-4 and third in the conference, 12-4 overall.

    On Thursday, Oct. 2, West won at Topsail 26-24, 20-25, 19-25, 25-19, 15-11.

  • Cameryn Smith: Dreams do come true

     Cameryn Smith is a senior at West Brunswick High School. She plays on the West Brunswick girls’ golf team and belongs to The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    In the past month, Smith has become a superstar.

    In August, Cameryn won a $15,000 scholarship from Royal Bank of Scotland through its Achievers of the Year awards. Last week, she played in the Nature Valley First Tee Open at Pebble Beach. Her Champions Tour partner was Rocco Mediate, and her caddie was PGA professional Terry Mauney, the program director of The First Tee of Brunswick County.

  • Stable weather creates excellent fishing

     Have you seen the weather forecast? We are expected to have the most stable weather we have had all year: light northerly winds at night switching to light southerly winds during the day. That should create a calm and predictable ocean, allowing all sizes of boats to target Spanish mackerel, king mackerel and bull redfish along our beach.