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Today's News

  • Surviving horticultural purgatory with plants that will stay and thrive

    People who thrive with a little sand in their shoes know nothing beats a perfectly steamed oyster, a low tide, an evening stroll with someone special and a simple, six-count shuffle where you can hit the dance floor and still hold on to your adult beverage.

    Whether native or transplant, we love the laid-back lifestyle that goes with living close to the shore. But, beach life is considerably tougher for those organisms that are low on melanin but high on chlorophyll.

  • Beautiful plants are in bloom for the spring season

    One of the most beautiful seasons of the year is upon us now and is wrapping its beauty all around us. We are experiencing one of the most spectacular spring seasons with all the flowers and foliage coming out to greet us.

  • Put out the welcome mat for springtime hummingbirds

    Hummingbirds will soon make their way back to North Carolina after wintering in Central America. Welcome them to your house by providing their favorite plants and the right food in the right places.

    Think like a hummingbird. They spend a great deal of their life in the tropics living in the tree canopies. Providing them a similar habitat will increase the chances of them setting up housekeeping in your backyard. They usually return in March.

  • Lemley-Watkins

    Mary Elizabeth Lemley of Boiling Spring Lakes and Frederick B. Watkins were married at 2:34 p.m. March 21 at Snowfield Landing in Town Creek. The Rev. Hoyt King officiated.

    The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father, George J. Lemley of Morgantown, W.Va., and Elizabeth M. Lemley of Concord.

    The groom is the son of John and Cathy Watkins of Winnabow.

  • Miracles are not enough unless they become permanent marks

    In our small faith community, we enjoy sharing our thoughts on the Scripture readings. Each of us brings to the table a unique insight and understanding that delights and often disturbs the group.

  • Titles at stake for Lady Trojans, baseball team

    The Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational marked the ending of one season and the start of another for the West Brunswick High School baseball and softball teams.

  • West wins Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Baseball Invitational

    West Brunswick rallied from a 4-0 deficit to beat Southern Alamance 7-6 in a thrilling championship game of the Touchstone Energy Diamond Beach Invitational April 15 at West.

    Jay Gause, who pitched the final four and one-third innings, ended the game with a strikeout when the tying run was on third base.

    Three Trojans—Logan Tripp, Pat Kamfolt and Josh Powell—made the all-tournament team. (Hunter Allen, playing on the junior varsity, also was an all-tournament selection). West is now 14-3.

  • Victor Central ousts West Brunswick for softball crown

    Victor Central High School defeated West Brunswick High School 8-1 for the softball championship in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational April 15.

    A slight consolation is that Victor, southeast of Rochester, was the second-best team last year in the state of New York.

    Kacie Strong, a converted right fielder, pitched a complete game, allowing four hits striking out 10.

  • North finishes third in tourney

    North Brunswick scored three runs in the top of the seventh and then held off a bases-loaded Southern Wayne rally to beat the Saints 8-6 and finish third in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

  • West beats South, avenges defeat

    On her birthday, Emily Gore hit a home run as the Lady Trojans avenged their only season defeat by beating South 6-2 April 14 in the Touchstone Energy Beach Diamond Invitational.

    Carly White gave up four hits, and three of them were to Ashley Edge, who drove in both of South’s runs.

    White struck out eight and hit two batters in pitching all seven innings.