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Today's News

  • Don't blame the days; hot nights make burgundy-hued trees ‘go green’

    Summertime in southeastern North Carolina is a time for beach trips, popping the top on a cool one and shuffling your feet to some cool tunes from the likes of the Tams, the Drifters or one of my favorite one-hit-wonders—Cannonball.

  • Mole crickets: The pests are here and damaging turf

    There are several pest species of mole crickets. We have a native mole cricket in this area, but it is rarely a pest. It’s the introduced, or exotic, species that causes all the trouble. They were accidentally introduced to the southeastern United States in the early 1900s, almost certainly hitchhiking in ship’s ballast.

  • Bagworms, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and woolly planthoppers

    The following information on bagworm treatment, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and wooly planthoppers is based on information from N.C. State University and updated for southeastern North Carolina.

    A good time for bagworm treatment

    Bagworms are now large enough to notice and small enough they have not eaten much, yet! Bagworms have a wide host range; however, in landscapes they are usually associated with arborvitae, cedars, or junipers. Heavy populations can do considerable defoliation.

  • Lauster-Swaim

    Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Stanley-Sisk

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dana M. Stanley of Shallotte and David A. Sisk of Smithfield. The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary D. Stanley of Shallotte. The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield. A July 18 wedding is planned at Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Graf

    Suzann and Jim Graf of Winnabow are the parents of a son, Samuel Joseph Graf, born at 11:54 a.m. June 19 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 22 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Bill and Linda Graf and Kathy Graf of Wisconsin.

  • Things hidden: looking at scripture as spirituality

    Bible study groups abound in Brunswick County. They give witness to an innate human need and desire to know more about the word of God.

    Each major religion has its scriptures, written descriptions of God’s way. No matter how we name God, whether our approach is literal or not, it is apparent human beings are interested in discovering more about divinity, more about the Creator in whose image and likeness we are created.

  • Behind 5-0, Post 68 rallies for 11-9 victory

    LELAND—The Brunswick County American Legion Post 68 baseball team scored five runs with two outs in the second inning en route to an 11-9 victory June 24 over Morehead City.

    Post 68 trailed 5-0 after one inning but scored six runs in the second. Post 68 fell behind 8-6, but a home run by Mikhail Wheeler in the fourth and Josh Powell’s two-run single in the seventh tied the score. Two errors enabled Post 68 to score its next two runs in taking a lead it never lost.

  • Shallotte hosts Dixie Youth district tournament

    Shallotte and Town Creek parks are hosting the Dixie Youth AAA (10 and under) and the Majors (12 and under) district baseball tournaments Friday through Sunday.

    The leagues are from Brunswick and New Hanover counties. The leagues are Wilmington Cape Fear Optimist, Leland, Town Creek, Lockwood Folly, Southport, Waccamaw and Shallotte.

    The AAA winner advances to the state tournament, which will be in Clarkton, with the opening ceremony July 17 and the games July 18-25.

  • West beats Hampstead

    Trey Brown threw a two-hitter as the West Trojans beat Hampstead Post 157 8-2 in a Junior American Legion baseball game Saturday.

    West (9-7) made five errors in the victory, but Hampstead—which made six errors—was unable to take advantage against Brown, who struck out five, walked three and gave up no earned runs in the seven-inning game.

    Hamptead scored in the second off three errors and a groundout. But West batted around in the bottom of the inning in taking a 5-1 lead.