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Today's News

  • It's not the triumph that counts but the struggle

    I love the Olympics. It’s not an addiction, but it is a seriousI love to listen to the stories that accompany each entrant.

    I love to watch and admire the athletic ability. I cry with each defeat as much as I scream with delight when victory is claimed.

    I even thrill with the repeated message that comes in an ad via the deep basso of Morgan Freeman’s voice.

  • Church briefs

    Girls Night Out set at Calvary

    Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte will present Girls’ Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring Marian Jordan, author, speaker and founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries in Houston, Texas.

    Admission is free. No registration needed. All women and girls welcome.

    Call 575-3878 for more information.

    Youth gospel concert set

    New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, 88 Snowfield Road in Leland, will host a youth gospel concert featuring the New Hope Freewill Baptist Junior Choir at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • Army veteran wins medal at wheelchair games

    The one sport Kevin Coleman played when he was in high school in the late 1970s in Washington, D.C., was basketball. He returned to Washington last month to catch a flight for a basketball tournament in Omaha, Neb. This time, he played in a wheelchair.

    Coleman was one of hundreds of veterans participating July 25-29 in the National Veterans Wheelchair Games. The games are the largest annual wheelchair sports event in the world, and they were presented by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Paralyzed Veterans of America.

  • Floyd deserves explanation

    Never assume anything.

    About the only thing I remember from my high school geometry class was my teacher, Mr. Luzzi, saying in response to questions about cosines and cotangents, “Never assume anything.”

    I have no idea why I remember that advice. But it was advice I should have followed last week.

  • Birdies for Jon Paul Hayes

    Dalton Gore is preparing to travel to Pebble Beach and participate in the Wal-Mart First Tee Open at Pebble Beach, presented by Nature Valley, as a representative for The First Tee of Brunswick County.

    He is taking with him his own dreams and the hopes and dreams of the hundreds of volunteers who have made a positive impact in his life. We are all wishing him well.

  • Black drum providing good fishing action; getting fisherman ready for fall

    The period of time between the summer doldrums and the quick-action fishing of the fall can be a confusing one for anglers. Uncertainty dominates, as both the weather and the annual migrations of fish are notoriously unpredictable.

    Everyone knows a variety of factors—including water temperatures, fall storms and the inevitable movement of large schools of fish—mean great fishing is just around the corner. But what do you do in the meantime?

  • Golf action

    Vince Brown scored a hole-in-one Aug. 12 on the 163-yard 12th hole of the Sea Trail Byrd course using a 5-wood.

    BEACHCOMBERS

    The Beachcombers played a three low-nets tournament Aug. 15 at Carolina Shores. Winning the gold medal with a score of 192 (minus 24) was the team of Bill Cameron, Jim Beairsto, Ed Hennessey and Dennis Davidson. Low gross with a score of 83 was the team of Bob Byrne, Stu Cleveland and Randy Cogdill. Low net was Dennis Davidson (63). Davidson was also voted golfer of the week.

    BRICK LANDING

  • Tripp Isenhour revisited

    A saying goes like this: “You know it’s a bad day when you get to work and there’s a ‘60-Minutes’ news team sitting in your office.”

    You don’t want that to happen unless you just won the Mega-Millions Lottery.

    When the media train their searching spotlight on someone, the results can be brutal. If you’re a PGA pro with a wife and three small children, your life can be made into a living hell.

  • County teams scrimmage

    The three county high school football teams get a final warm-up this evening for the 2008 season when they play in the ATMC Wireless County Clash. The scrimmages begin 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 20, at North Brunswick High School. This is a change in the schedule.

    The first games of the season are next Friday. For schedules, rosters and previews, see pages 8–9B.

  • Trojans play soccer home opener

    As the early morning sun rose over the bleachers on the east side of Rourk Stadium, the West Brunswick soccer players found themselves not asleep in the comfort of their beds but instead amid exhausted fellow teammates circling the track. The first part of a two-a-day tryout schedule was merely half of the workouts these players had to endure to make the men’s soccer team.