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Today's News

  • Johnson-Smith

    Mitchell and Cheryo Johnson Sr. of Waxhaw announce the forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Maya Donnell Johnson, to Lamonte' Devon Smith of Athens, Ga. The prospective groom is the son of Darnell and Linda Smith of Charlotte and the grandson of the Rev. Vertis and Joyce Gause and Ola Jane Smith of Thomasboro. An Oct. 18 wedding is planned at Marvin AME Zion Church in Waxhaw. The couple will make their home in Athens.

  • Spirituality is not a one-size-fits-all reality

    Two weeks ago, I was graced with an abundance of spiritual opportunities. I eagerly accepted the gift, despite the fact both invitations demanded an early departure from my somewhat leisurely Friday and Saturday schedules.

    At the time, I doubt I considered the offerings to be a call from God. I was simply responding to the graciousness of others. Upon reflection, the response was clearly not the whole story.

  • Church briefs

    Jennies Branch plans fall festival

    The fall festival at Jennies Branch Baptist Church will take place on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 3 and 4.

    On Friday, there will be a yard sale and many craft items will be available.

    On Saturday, there will be traditional foods of mullet baked on a cedar stick, coleslaw, baked beans, sweet potatoes, bread and barbecue.

  • Hoggard slips past Trojans

    WILMINGTON—Coach Jimmy Fletcher sighed.

    “It hurts,” he said after the Hoggard Vikings rallied in the fourth quarter to beat Fletcher’s West Brunswick football team 20-10 on a rainy Friday night.

    “I’m going to tell you,” he said, “it hurts.”

    West led 10-3 early in the fourth quarter and faced third down at its 10. That’s when quarterback Ryan Hill sprinted 90 yards for an apparent touchdown and a 16-10 lead over the defending state champion Vikings.

  • Hoggard rallies to beat Trojans

    West Brunswick’s chances for a conference title dimmed after a five-game loss to league leader Hoggard Sept. 23 at West.

    The Vikings beat the Trojans 19-25, 17-25, 25-20, 25-13, 15-8.

    Hoggard remained perfect in the conference. West lost for only the second time in the conference, with both losses to Hoggard.

    West trailed 9-6 in the first game but went on a 4-0 run behind the serving of Miriah Milliken. She hit two service winners and Anna Hart had two blocks as West took a 10-9 lead.

  • Athletic trainers are vital

    So who first treats your daughter or son when she or he is injured in a game?

    That was the implied question in an e-mail I received from the National Athletic Trainers’ Association.

    The NATA wants everyone to understand the term “athletic trainer” is to be used as properly as you would use “doctor” or “nurse.”

  • Ready, set, wait—for fall fishing

    I am really starting to annoy myself with my own writing. Week after week I’ve reported how the fishing is “just about to crank up,” “almost here.” Yet here we are, still waiting. However, I can’t take the blame as Mother Nature has been throwing curveballs at us fishermen for the past several weeks.

  • Autumn is a great time of year for fishermen

    We have had storms and yellow butterflies, now all local anglers are waiting on are the fish.

    September gave us a blustery start to the fall fishing season, and while fish were caught, we haven’t seen the best of autumn yet. Inshore anglers will be out in force this month looking for an exclamation point on what has so far been a good year for recreational fishermen.

  • The First Tee Walmart Invitational deemed a success

    The first major fundraiser for The First Tee of Brunswick County raised more than $50,000 for the local chapter.

    Played Sept. 23 at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash, The First Tee Walmart Invitational Golf Tournament pulled teams and individual golfers from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach, S.C. All three Brunswick County Walmart stores sponsored the event, with Brent Guice of the Shallotte store acting as liaison. Walmart is a major national sponsor of The First Tee.

  • My Dad and the game of golf: Interview with Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

    Last week I had the opportunity to chat with Joe Louis Barrow Jr. in the clubhouse of The First Tee of Brunswick County at Cinghiale Creek. For 45 minutes we traded stories of boxing, kids and golf. I know a little bit about boxing since my father had been an amateur boxer in his youth and often enjoyed sparring with me when I was a kid, teaching me the difference between a right uppercut and a left jab.

    Joe Louis was his hero, and now I was talking to his son, Joe Louis Barrow Jr.

    It doesn’t get any better than that.