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Today's News

  • Ash’s Japanese Maple Nursery ignites ‘Maple Mania’

    Those of you who keep up with my ramblings via this great newspaper, radio or television, know I have a bit of Japanese maple mania. With more than 500 selections, it is easy to go a little Acer palmatum nutty.

    Even though my garden is pretty small, I’ve figured out a way to work in seven different Japanese maples—Bloodgood, Emperor I, Crimson Queen, Tamukeyama, Orangeola, Seiryu and Sango Kaku. If my Emerald Pagoda Japanese Snowbell continues to disappoint, there may be some extra space opening up.

  • Shoreline vegetation protects property and beaches from erosion

    There has always been a concern for runoff into our waterways. Water runoff may carry pollutants that can wreak havoc in our sensitive environmental estuaries and marshes.

    Dislodged particles of soil and water soluble materials, whether they are nutrients or other chemicals, can move across the surface of even gentle slopes and be deposited into ditches or canals ultimately ending up in our water ways. Buffer strips help to filter out most pollutants and can trap sediment or other particles from entering our streams.

  • Purchase daffodils now if you plan to include them in next year’s garden

    If you haven’t purchased your daffodil bulbs for next year, you better hurry right now to the garden center to pick out some beauties for next year’s landscape.

    Daffodils are among the easiest, most affordable and pest-free perennials available. One requirement is daffodils need to be vernalized; that is, they need both the cold and the warmth to bloom. Daffodils require a short chill period as opposed to tulips, which require a longer chill period. Our winters are cool enough for daffodils, as we can see as they continue to come back year after year.

  • Business briefs

    Terhune buys design firm

    Doug Terhune of Carolina Plantations Real Estate has purchased the custom home design firm of Plan View Design of N.C. LLC.

    Plan View Design has been designing custom homes at local communities such as Ocean Ridge, Rivers Edge, Sea Trail and Brunswick Forest for years.

    The home are viewable in 3D, which gives clients the ability to tour inside and outside of the home prior to construction.

  • And all the votes are counted

    Some highlights and lowlights from events I have covered as the fall sports season winds down:

    Best individual performance: Logan Tripp, West Brunswick goalkeeper, against C.B. Aycock in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state playoffs. Credited with 12 saves—and just about all of them spectacular. See stories about him and West’s upset in this section.

  • BCC teams open basketball season

    The BCC men’s basketball team opened its season with two victories over the weekend.

    On Sunday afternoon at West Brunswick High School, the Dolphins routed the Mount Olive College junior varsity team 116-88. On Saturday afternoon, the Dolphins beat Mount Zion Academy Prep 89-84.

    “I’m proud of them,” coach Walter Shaw said. “The goal was to be 2-0 at this point, and we’re 2-0.”

    Of course, Shaw saw some things the team needs to improve.

  • West falters on Senior Night

    New Hanover scored on four of its first five possessions in the third quarter in beating West Brunswick 38-7 in the Trojans’ last home football game of the regular season.

    West, the 3-A champions in the Mideastern Conference, ends the conference season 2-3.

    New Hanover scored on its first possession, a drive that covered 66 yards in six running plays. The point-after kick was no good, leaving New Hanover ahead 6-0 with 9:02 left in the half.

  • White, Cougars get big win on Senior Night; score 43 points in game

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—It might have been Halloween in Brunswick County, but it also was Senior Night for South Brunswick High School.

    Thirty-nine seniors involved in football, band, cross country, dance and cheerleading were introduced and walked to the center of Jack Campbell Stadium. They were escorted by either parents, friends or coaches.

  • Three seniors special for West soccer coach

    Coaches may not always say it, but some senior classes are more special than others.

    For West Brunswick High School soccer coach Tripp Smith, the three seniors on his 2008 team provided a memorable moment Oct. 29 in the first round of the NCHSAA Class 3-A state playoffs.

    The Trojans—winless in their conference—beat heavily favored C.B. Aycock—which entered the game 19-1 and ranked in the top 10 Class 3-A—2-1. And all three of West’s seniors had key roles in the victory.

  • McCumbee struggles with disappointing finish in Texas

    In the NASCAR Silverado 350K Saturday at Texas Motor Speedway, Chad McCumbee started 16th and finished 23rd. He earned $9,160. For the season, McCumbee has earned $317,520 in the Craftsman Truck Series.

    McCumbee dropped to 11th in points, 56 behind Terry Cook.

    The next race is Friday at Phoenix International Raceway.

    McCumbee failed to qualify for the Sprint Cup race. It was a disappointment because he raced well last year at Texas in a truck race.