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Today's News

  • Sloup finishes tied for sixth in Carolinas Amateur

     Southport’s Ashley Sloup produced yet another strong showing at the 91st Carolinas Women’s Amateur Championship, but she wasn’t able to defend her 2016 crown as she finished in sixth-place tie in the tournament that concluded June 4.

    Sloup, who recently finished her junior season on the women’s golf team at Winthrop University, captured the 2016 tournament, but fell two shots shy of a repeat crown at this year’s Carolinas Amateur, which was held at Porters Neck Country Club in Wilmington.

  • Prognostication station: Predicting the 2017 MLB playoffs

     We’re more than a third of the way through the 2017 MLB season and there have been countless surprises in professional baseball through the season’s first three months.

  • State: Chemours has contained GenX wastewater

    North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality secretary Michael Regan said The Chemours Co.’s Fayetteville facility has contained wastewater from the byproduct GenX following a DEQ inspection Tuesday.

    The unregulated chemical GenX was discovered in the Cape Fear River, the source of drinking water for Brunswick County Public Utilities, June 8.

    The state’s water quality agency verified the company is preventing the unregulated chemical compound from discharging into the Cape Fear River.

  • Zaxby's ribbon cutting set for Monday, July 3, in Shallotte

    A ribbon-cutting ceremony and grand opening for Shallotte's new Zaxby's restaurant is set for 10 a.m. Monday, July 3, according to an announcement issued Wednesday by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    The newly built 90-seat franchise chicken-menu restaurant is at 4736 Main St., former site of The Grille restaurant where scenes from the movie “Tammy” starring Melissa McCarthy were shot in May and June 2013, and was a Hardee’s before that. Restaurant operators have recently been interviewing and hiring new employees.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North House of Representatives, we passed the long-awaited state budget, we passed a bill involving domestic violence and murder, and we got an idea of our adjournment date for this year.

    The negotiated state budget for 2017-19 was released last Monday and scheduled for votes in the House and Senate. The House has a rule it has to be out two days before a vote, so we voted on it Wednesday and Thursday, while the Senate voted Tuesday and Wednesday.

  • You decide: Can pro sports spur economic development?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Anyone visiting my home office immediately knows something obvious about me. The multitude of red baseball hats shows I’m a big Cincinnati Reds fan. Born in that city along the Ohio River, I followed “Big Klu” (Ted Kluszewski) in the 1950s, Frank Robinson in the 1960s and then I basked in the glory days of the Big Red Machine in the 1970s. I still try to make it to at least one game a year, and on other days I avidly follow the box scores of completed games.

  • A little bit of bother, with a lot of fun and frolic

    First off this week, let me get the not-so-fun stuff out of the way with a reminder about submitting letters to the editor for publication.

    Just the other week, I was raving about how great it was to be so inundated with them they left no room for my column. The volume has since tapered off a bit, in part because I’d received some we’re not going to publish under any circumstance.

  • Respect for flag should extend to people

    As we prepare to celebrate our nation’s independence, we expect to see red, white and blue, starred and striped decorations throughout our community.

    The sight of the U.S. flag inspires passionate feelings about the freedoms we enjoy and emotions tend to run high where its proper display is concerned.

    The U.S. Flag Code is the ultimate reference for presenting our nation’s colors with reverence.

    Among its highlights:

  • Jumping to conclusions: Is it all in your head?

    By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    "Just look at her — not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money.”

    Go ahead, admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you, or those on television or online.

    Looks can be deceiving

    In these challenging times it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think they lead a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • Pledging allegiance to our flag

    The Fourth of July is around the corner. Celebrations galore will mark the day. Interestingly, a recent TIME magazine featured an article about the birth of America’s flag obsession.