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Today's News

  • DSS appointments draw confusion

    RALEIGH—Members of the N.C. Social Services Commission have appointed two members to the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, and not the two members endorsed by county commissioners.

    At their Sept. 6 meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners endorsed two candidates—Dean Walters and Sue Carroll—for the two vacant positions on the board.

    The vote was four votes to one, as Charles Warren, county commissioner who also serves as chairman of the DSS board, opposed the measure.

  • BCC’s Montgomery NJCAA Division II Volleyball Player of the Week

     STAFF REPORT

    BCC freshman middle blocker Samantha Montgomery is the NJCAA DII National Volleyball Player of the Week for Aug 28-Sept. 4.

     “That is an outstanding award for our team,” BCC coach Melissa Everitt said.

    Montgomery, a Laney High School graduate, led the Dolphins to a 4-2 record with 14 kills and 15 kills in the first two collegiate matches of her career. In six matches, Montgomery had 9.3 kills per set and connected on 10 aces. She showcased her defensive grit with 6.8 digs per set and 14 blocks.

  • Down a player, West ties Ashley 2-2

     Playing one man down because of a red-card penalty, the West Brunswick High School soccer team scored two goals—both by junior forward Scottie Melvin—and went on to tie Ashley 2-2 in a non-conference game Sept. 7.

     “We got down early tonight and we got after it and we got after it,” West coach Tripp Smith said. “They want to win and they want to do what it takes to win.”

    Melvin scored the tying goal off a corner kick from junior midfielder Jonathan Newhouse with about 26 minutes left in the game.

  • Religion Briefs

    lpha Course set at Trinity UMC
    The Alpha Course, a practical introduction to the Christian faith, is being offered free to the public at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport beginning Wednesday, Sept. 14, through Nov. 23.
    The class begins at 6:15 p.m. and is preceded by an open church buffet dinner at 5:30 p.m. Cost is $5; free for first-timers.

  • Help is wanted, needed and must be honored

    When I spoke with one of my daughters about the treat in store for me, she got a case of the giggles. I told her that my friend Rita, who is a registered nurse, asked if I’d like to join her and her daughter plus another pal in viewing “The Help.” She felt that it would be a great venture to offset my increasing cabin fever. My daughter’s comment had me laughing. She said, “Isn’t that your first name these days, Help?”

  • Tips on how to harvest rainwater

    Rainwater harvesting is the idea of capturing stormwater runoff, often from rooftops, and storing the water for later use. When we have heavy rains such as with Hurricane Irene, most of that water is diverted into stormwater drains or ditches and is carried away before it penetrates the ground. Rain barrels or more complex cisterns can be installed to capture runoff and provide water for plants during drier periods. Increasing development along with the drought has increased the demand on municipal water supplies.

  • Sept. 11 events

    FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again conduct its annual Sept. 11 ceremony on Sunday, Sept. 11, in Brunswick County.

    The day will begin with traditional Sept. 11 services at 8 a.m. at St. Brendan’s Catholic Church on U.S. 17 near Shallotte. A 10:30 a.m. ceremony will follow in the Victory Garden at Brunswick Community College.

    Once again, local Lions Club, American Legion and VFW members will be on the Whiteville Road/N.C. 130 overpass from 8 a.m.-11 a.m., waving flags at traffic passing below on U.S. 17.

  • Ground pearls are not buried treasure

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Thanks to Charlotte Glen, horticulture agent, Pender County Cooperative Extension
    The most lethal pest of lawn grasses in our area is also one of the least well known. Called ground pearl or pearl bugs, these insects can be found damaging lawns throughout southeastern North Carolina. In yards infested with ground pearl, it is often impossible to maintain a healthy lawn since there are no effective treatments for this pest.

  • Osteoporosis: Can it happen to you?

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center
    I like quizzes. I think most people do. I’m not talking about the “pop quizzes” given by Jr. High teachers when you weren’t prepared, but self-evaluation quizzes that can be used to help you decide how you score on a specific topic.

  • Traditional bruschetta topped with fresh tomatos, basil and garlic

    Italian bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) traditionally serves to test the new harvest of olive oil each year, but it’s also a great way to capture the flavors of those ripe summer tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.