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Today's News

  • Using small, short trees to enhance garden landscaping, water features and garden art

    You can tie the landscape together with short, squat trees. Another problem commonly encountered when designing small spots is finding a way to provide low, space-conscious structure with trees that carry the bulk of their mass below eye level.

    These trees are often important in tying together the landscape and connecting it to water features, garden art, and hardscaping. Their low visual center of gravity—typically from squat or weeping shapes­—makes this possible.

  • Danford

    Richie and Carrie Danford of Shallotte announce the birth of sons Thomas Abram and William Edward Danford. They were born on Aug. 6 at Grand Strand Medical Center.

    Thomas, born at 9:32 a.m., weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. William, born at 9:34 a.m., weighed 5 pounds and was 18 inches long.

    They are joined at home by a sister, 3-year-old Rachel Danielle.

  • Camellias--another old southern favorite blooming in a garden near you

    Early October marks the beginning of the season for an old southern garden favorite—camellia.

    It blooms in shades of red, pink and white open on large, evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark-green foliage. The flowers you’re seeing now are what the locals call “sasanquas” or just the “fall camellias.”

    Throughout the winter and into early spring, the common camellia (Camellia japonica) provides a show with blooms that are so perfect they could be computer-generated.

  • Walking life's path is a journey of togetherness

    Years ago, my husband was given a piece of advice that was comforting and challenging. When he spoke of a family dilemma, a friend told him to pray for someone to cross his relative’s path. Pray for the emergence of a person who would effect a change that was beyond the family’s ability. He did. The person appeared. Change began.

  • Hall of fame career inspiration for a novel

    This is a continuation of the story about Paul Swartz, a Shallotte resident recently inducted into the Musselman High School (Inwood, W.Va.) Hall of Fame. The story in the Oct. 1 edition highlighted his athletics career. This story is about his coaching career, political career and new career as a novelist.

    COACH SWARTZ

    From 1960-95, Swartz was a teacher, a coach and an administrator. He began his teaching career at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) High School in 1960. He coached basketball, baseball and football, often working out with his players.

  • Lady Trojans sweep rivals

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick volleyball team gained a tie for first in the Waccamaw Conference by beating league leader South Brunswick 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 Sept. 29.

    The victory avenged West’s only defeat as it improved to 6-1 in the conference.

    South, which played the third game without injured hitter Rheanna Lawson, is 8-5 overall.

  • Valerio paces West to another victory

    LELAND—The West Brunswick boys’ cross-country team won its third meet of the season Sept. 29 at North Brunswick.

    Roberto Valerio paced the Trojans to victory with a first-place finish in a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds.

    Valerio beat North’s Nic Merritt by three seconds.

    West finished with 28 points, South 53, North 56 and West Bladen 113.

    West had four other runners in the top 10: Ronnie Dellinger was fourth in 20:17, Juan Gonzalez fifth in 20:20, Jason Huff eighth in 20:43 and John Frink 10th in 21:03.

  • South tennis team beats West

    Summer Phillips and the South Brunswick girls’ tennis team stayed perfect by winning three duals last week. The Cougars beat West Brunswick 8-1 Sept. 29, Cape Fear’s B team 8-1 Sept. 30 and West Bladen 9-0 Oct. 1.

    South is 7-0 in the conference, 10-0 overall.

  • West Brunswick Trojans upset North in JV game

    All week long, West Brunswick junior varsity football coach Mark Jones challenged his sophomores to step up and assume more active leadership roles. The sophomores did just that Oct. 1 against North Brunswick, but it was a freshman that stole the show at M.H. Rourk Stadium. Running back Phillip Gause carried the ball 19 times for 191 yards in leading the Trojans to a 33-20 victory for their first win since Sept. 3 against another country rival, South Brunswick.

  • BCC volleyball defeats Louisburg, Surry

    In their fourth home match since the volleyball season began in August, Brunswick Community College beat Louisburg College 25-14, 25-23, 25-6 Saturday afternoon at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center gym.

    Against Louisburg, Jordan Clear was the server in a 5-0 run that put the Dolphins ahead 8-2. Louisburg closed to 14-9, but a kill by Clear began a 4-1 run for a 19-10 lead.

    Emily Craven hit two service winners that increased the lead to 24-13 in closing out the victory.