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Today's News

  • Lures have come a long way in saltwater fishing

    It’s a season for boat shows and wandering the isles of the tackle shop. There is a lot to see out there now. Saltwater lures have come of age, and advancements in technology and wide distribution have created a huge market for artificial baits among inshore anglers. Every year lures seem to get more and more effective and the innovations of tackle manufactures get more diverse.

  • Golf action

    During the Ocean Ridge Ladies Golf Association Groundhog’s Cry event Monday, Diana Gruver made a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Lion’s Paw. It was her first hole-in-one.

    In the Groundhog Cry event, players counted one net from each foursome but threw away the three highest net scores at the end of the round. And if a golfer’s shadow touched any part of the cup when he or she addressed the putt, the putt may be conceded.

    First: Karen McCloskey, Peggy Jones, Diana Gruver, Jan Cameron.

  • State legislators begin new session

    Members of Brunswick County’s delegation in the N.C. General Assembly say the budget is the biggest issue they will face during the new session, which started this week.

    Both Rep. Bonner Stiller (R-Brunswick) and Sen. R.C. Soles say some cuts will be needed.

    The legislature is facing a $2 billion shortfall, and it’s going to affect programs in Brunswick County as well as the other counties in the state.

    “I am not prepared to raise taxes,” Stiller said this week. “That’s not the appropriate way to go.

  • What’s growing at the county government complex?

    “Garden” may not come to mind when you think of the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, but the areas around buildings N and F are currently evolving into a great place to learn about plants that work well in our area.

    One of the wonderful things about having a local garden is I get to plant things and see how they perform. That’s what we’re doing with the collection of crape myrtles that’s up to about 40 or so now, and you’ll find all 23 of the Encore azalea selections plus lots of other trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.

  • Plant feature: Hellebores, Christmas rose and Lenten rose

    Driving around and visiting various gardens, I treasure the times I am able to find Hellebores tucked away in gardens. They are quite interesting and have a unique flower display.

    One of the best things about the plant is it is deer resistant. That is probably due to the toxins contained in its leaves.

    Tony Avent from Plant Delights Nursery has provided some interesting information about hellebores. I have included some excerpts from Tony, which has been edited for this column.

  • Pre-spring lawn care: Part II of a two-part series on lawns

    First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener hotline has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.

  • The differences: Don’t confuse a flank or skirt steak with a London broil

    Lean and boneless flank steak is one of only two steaks cut from the underside of a steer, the other being a skirt steak. It’s a thin, oblong cut mingled with tough meat fibers and loaded with great flavors.

    A thin steak, it responds well to marinades and to high heat cooking, if only for a brief amount of time.

  • Be attuned to the presence of God in life, see simple things

    People usually react negatively to the label: simple. It evokes a sense of naiveté and oversimplification that borders on avoidance and denial. We know the agony of being considered a simpleton. Somehow simple and simplistic have become identified, but there is a significant difference. To be simple is to model divinity. God is simple. Union with God is simple. Yet, neither is simplistic.

  • Another honor for Mendoza, Ryan Hill

    West Brunswick High School quarterback Ryan Hill and West soccer forward John Mendoza will cap their high school sports careers by playing in July in the North Carolina Coaches Association East-West All-Star games.

    Mendoza is believed to be the first soccer player from West Brunswick to be selected to play in the all-star game, which features graduated seniors.

    West Brunswick coach Tripp Smith recommended Mendoza to Chip Stone, the East coach.

  • Trojans’ first conference win a thriller

    JACKSONVILLE—Pat Kamfolt hit a jump shot with 0.8 seconds left as West beat White Oak 64-63 in the conference basketball game Jan. 27.

    This victory was the first in the conference this season for the Trojans.

    West trailed 63-62 when coach Brad Lewis called time with seven seconds left to set up the play.