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Today's News

  • Choose fruit tree varieties with care

    Late fall through winter in southeastern North Carolina is a great time for planting fruit trees. There are several kinds that work well in backyard landscapes; however, not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce in our area.

  • Can salvation be extended to include others? It is its own reward

    It was an icy cold, snowy day in the village of Valatie, N.Y. My youngest sister was returning home after long, somewhat unproductive, hours spent working in her studio/store.

    Her dream of creating pieces of art and offering them for sale in a combination workplace and salesroom was not meeting her expectations. Some saw her productions as costume jewelry, perused, commented, and left without purchase.

  • The other side of the argument: N.C. Rate Bureau justifies rate setting

    For months, county commissioners, state legislators and local officials have been hammering the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the North Carolina Rate Bureau over increases approved for homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties.

    In December 2008, former insurance commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent increase to homeowners’ insurance rates in Territory 42, which includes Brunswick County. While Long ordered the 29.8 percent increase, the rate bureau requested a 69.8 percent increase for Territory 42. The rates take effect May 1.

  • Short stay but great work by Walters

    The news last week in high school football was Gordon Walters’ resignation at South Brunswick to become the football coach at White Knoll in South Carolina.

    The bigger news for Walters came a day later, Feb. 19, when wife Stephanie gave birth to daughter Avery Sloane Walters.

    “Eight pounds, 12 ounces,” Walters said. “21 inches long.”

    It’s hardly surprising for a football coach to remember measurements, but at South, Walters succeeded because he blended football strategy with a family atmosphere.

  • Pit strategy gives McCumbee a third-place finish

    Chad McCumbee credited strategy by crew chief Bobby Dotter that allowed McCumbee to pick up numerous positions over a long green-flag run and eventually finish third in a NASCAR truck series race Saturday.

    McCumbee drove the The GPSstore.com No. 07 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino 200 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. GPS Store.com is based in Ocean Isle Beach. He won $27,339.

  • Simmons now with the Kings

    Maybe now Cedric Simmons will get more time on the court.

    Simmons was involved in a six-player trade Feb. 18 between the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings.

    The Bulls sent Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin and Simmons to the Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons. As part of the deal, the Kings traded Ruffin to the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Ike Diogu and cash.

    The trade apparently was a fast-breaking one. According to ESPN.com, Bulls players were pulled off the team bus that afternoon and told they had been traded.

  • South wins conference tournament in overtime

    LAKE WACCAMAW—The South Brunswick boys’ basketball team completed a sweep of conference championships by winning the conference tournament Friday.

    The top-seeded Cougars (22-5) beat second-seeded Pender 48-43 in overtime. Ervin Hall clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 12.1 seconds left.

  • Hall's 3-pointer wins Cougar's playoff thriller

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—Announcer and scorekeeper John Walls hit the buzzer to start this first-round game Monday night in the Class AA state basketball playoffs between South Brunswick and Jacksonville Northside, and Northside controlled the tip-off and the game for all but 2.8 seconds. Ervin Hall drained a 3-pointer with 2.8 seconds left to help push South past the Monarchs 55-54 and into the second round.

    South coach Dan McGougan had drawn up the play with 12 seconds left as he took his last timeout.

  • North second in conference tournament

    LAKE WACCAMAW—Top-seeded East Columbus beat third-seeded North Brunswick 64-56 Friday night to win the Waccamaw Conference championship girls’ basketball tournament.

    The Gators led 58-52 with 2 minutes, 29 seconds left, but a basket by Tyera Fisher cut the lead to 58-54 with two minutes left.

    North missed a free throw with 69 seconds left, and East Columbus hit one with 42.6 seconds left for a 59-4 lead.

    With 29.5 seconds left, North’s LaTesha Harrison made two free throws.

  • Roundtree second at state wrestling tournament

    WINSTON-SALEM—Six other Brunswick County wrestlers competed in the state wrestling tournament over the weekend, and the top finisher was South Brunswick junior Jeromy Roundtree.

    Roundtree reached the title match at 119 pounds before losing 7-2 to Cardinal Gibbons freshman Matt Williams 7-2.

    Roundtree began the tourney by beating Bandys sophomore Thomas Lunsford 3-2. Roundtree then beat defending state champion Dakota Holt 12-10. Roundtree advanced to the title match by beating Brevard senior Eric Evanger 8-1.

    Roundtree ends the season 36-3.