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Today's News

  • Whodunit? Let's have tea and crumpets, first

    What is it about English murder mysteries that make them so attractive to American audiences?

    Is it the accents? The lack of actual boring police work that goes into finding who killed Lord Upper Crust during a tea party at a Mr. and Mrs. Scone’s lake house? The fact that Lord Upper Crust probably deserved what he got?

  • Stargazing at baseball diamonds

    October is a great month for stargazing. The summer heat has died down, there are fewer bugs, and there is a big baseball diamond in the sky. Because we are finishing baseball season with the World Series, it seems as if the stars want to get in on the action.

    The authentic name for the baseball diamond in the sky is the “Great Square” although you could consider the full name and call it the “Great Square of Pegasus.” Strangely, only three of the four stars belong to the winged horse, Pegasus. One of the four stars belongs to Andromeda.

  • Fall is finally here; it is time to start planting

    I’ve been telling you for years the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that’s true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants—crape myrtle—that are better planted in late winter and early spring.

  • Brunswick 4-H students celebrate 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina

    Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on Oct. 5 with an evening packed full of activities, including a favorite foods fair, a 4-H themed cake decorating contest, entertainment, a movie and a time capsule dedication.

    The evening began as Brunswick County 4-H Council President Justin Simmons opened festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H pledge led by Brunswick County 4-H Council Secretary/Treasurer Perry Grosch.

  • Crape myrtles Part 1: The appeal of Crape myrtle

    One of North Carolina’s most popular, yet mistreated, landscape plants is the beautiful crape myrtle. Selected and prized for their long summer bloom period (often called the “plant of the 100-day bloom), cultivars have a range of flower colors, with an interesting seed head following the flower.

    Crape myrtles also have lustrous green leaves that change to bright fall colors, subtle to stunning multicolored bark, and unique winter architecture that makes this plant exceed most landscape choices for four-season interest and appeal.

  • Roberts-Baroody

    Charlotte Ashley Roberts of Holden Beach and Benjamin Albert Baroody of Murrells Inlet, S.C., were married Oct. 3 at Holden Beach Chapel in Holden Beach. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Albert J. Baroody, cousin of the groom.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Virgil Roberts of Holden Beach and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roosevelt Roberts and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Hayes Ransom. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and is now an English major at Coastal Carolina University.

  • The power of the question: Is God's grace a resented banquet?

    If I took a survey of Brunswick County residents and asked, “Is God’s grace a resented banquet?” I would guess the response would either be a shocked stare, a quizzical look, an angry glare or an astonished negative.

    How could we possibly resent God’s grace? How could we turn our backs on a generous God who presents us with a banquet feast of life that is overflowing with goodness?

  • Things starting to go bump in spooky season of politics

    It’s that scary time of year again—pre-election dues.

    A cauldron of political stew is stirring like a wicked brew, especially in Brunswick County towns where there’s a challenger or few.

    Beware the ghosts of elections past, political barbs as sharp as witches’ nails, phantom statements being made to the news.

    Watch for creatures drifting in and out of town, digging up graveyard dirt and making the rounds.

    Will it get ugly? It already has. That’s the way the season of politics sometimes comes to pass.

  • Scorpions sting Stallions on homecoming

    LELAND—You could see and feel the happiness and relief on coach Garry Bishop’s face. He was shaking hands with everyone. He hugged his assistant coaches.

    “The kids never gave up,” he said after his North Brunswick football team upset perennial power South Columbus 27-21 in overtime Friday night.

    “This is one of our better wins for the program. We played with confidence. They are one of the elite programs in our conference, and it does a lot for our program.”

  • Bland's rushing leads Trojans over Whiteville

    Sophomore running back Justin Bland scored on a 47-yard touchdown run a minute into West Brunswick’s junior varsity football game Oct. 15 against Whiteville. This was a sign of things to come from Bland and the Trojans, who held off a late rally to preserve the 27-14 victory.