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Today's News

  • Live bait will snare sluggish fish even during summer heat

    It is a strange year for fishing when you can’t seem to talk about fish without talking about gasoline. Gas prices have become like the prices for a pack of live bloodworms: up and down, different in different places, but always outrageously high. If one day the price of a gallon of gas surpasses that of a bag of bloodworms, then nobody is going to be able to leave the house.

  • Guest days are great days for friendly competition on the golf course

    Besides being a wonderful sport that nearly everyone can play at any age, golf is a great social venue.

    You might invite a friend to bowl or to play tennis with you, but you probably would not invite a friend to participate in your senior men’s ice hockey league. You might invite a friend to your club or neighborhood pool for the afternoon, but that visit would not involve swimming competitive laps. Imagine a basketball, football or baseball invitational tournament in which folks of all ages and abilities compete?

    I think not.

  • Golf action

    CAROLINA SHORES LGA

    The Carolina Shores President’s Cup was played July 10 and July 17. The Cup winner, by a match of cards, was Dawn Rubin with a net of 138. She also had the fewest putts (26) and low gross (79). She birdied No. 9 and No. 12. Runner up was Marlene Cleary (138). She had the low net (70).

    Chip-ins: Barb Juergens at No. 18, Sue Greiner at No. 6 and No. 13 and Carol Szarka at No. 2. She also birdied No. 2.

    CAROLINA SHORES NINERS

  • Hard work enables Cox to fulfill dream

    Pitchers often are evaluated by numbers: by their earned-run average or by the speed of their fastball or by their ratio of strikeouts to walks.

    But those decimals and ratios fail to measure something just as important: the sweat, how hard a pitcher will work to have the best ERA or the best control.

    Such hard work is what enabled Ethan Cox to be an all-conference pitcher last season for West Brunswick High School, and that hard work will allow him to continue his baseball career at Appalachian State University.

  • Trojans split first two games in Eastern qualifier

    CARY—The Southwest Trojans began the Eastern qualifier for the Junior American Legion state championship series with two games Saturday morning. The Trojans lost 6-5 to Rocky Mount but beat Wayne County South 5-4 in a loser-out game Saturday afternoon.

    Below are summaries of the games:

    ROCKY MOUNT 6

    TROJANS 5

    The Southwest Trojans scored three runs with two outs in the seventh but fell one run short of Rocky Mount in a 6-5 loss in the first game of the Eastern qualifier Saturday.

  • Keeping clutter to a minimum harder than

    I stayed out of work last Friday to de-clutter my house.

    After going through my closet, I ended up taking two trash bags and a large box full of clothes to a local thrift store and taking out three or four bags of trash—mostly in the form of old gift bags and bows that at one point I must’ve thought were re-usable.

    It was a very cathartic experience, and I now have a much better view of my shoes. (I see several pairs that need to be donated, as well).

    After taking all the bags and boxes to the thrift store, I treated myself to lunch at an outdoor eatery.

  • Many Southern dishes were created with frugal ingenuity

    Southern food is home cooking, comfort food, Creole, Cajun, Carolina low country, soul food and Tex-Mex. It includes an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice or corn, inexpensive cuts of meat (usually pork or chicken) and fresh seafood.

    Popular Southern dishes include barbeque, country fried steak, catfish, smothered pork chops, black-eyed peas, grits, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, okra and sweet potatoes. And no Southern meal is complete without libations, especially sweet iced tea and mint juleps.

  • Brunswick County Farm Bureau supports 4-H education, hatching chicks program

    Brunswick County Farm Bureau has now jumped on board to become the top supporter of the Embryology in the Classroom 4-H school enrichment program, donating $550 to the Brunswick County 4-H Embryology in the Classroom program to help purchase 90 curriculum books and eggs.

    The growing 4-H program, called Embryology in the Classroom, allows students in Brunswick County to observe chicks hatching in their schools.

  • Holden Beach couple gives $1.1 million to Clemson

    The College of Engineering and Science at Clemson University has received a $1.1 million gift from Samuel and Patricia Deal of Holden Beach. The money is earmarked for research on alternative energy sources.

    The announcement came at the 2008 Major Donors Breakfast recently at the Madren Center.

  • The first inhabitants of Ocean Isle Beach (10,000 B.C. to 1521 A.D.)

    The first people to live on and near Ocean Isle Beach were Native Americans who arrived here about 10,000 B.C.

    There are many Native-American arrowheads and pottery pieces in farmers’ fields around Ocean Isle. The primary tribe in the Ocean Isle Beach area was the Cape Fear Indians, but there were also a few settlements of Waccamaw, Iroquois, Catawba, Lumbee and Choctaw. All of these tribes spoke the Siouan language.