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Today's News

  • Bruce birth

    Curtis and Ashley Bruce are the parents of a son, Curtis-Dean Eric Bruce, born at 12:41 p.m. March 28 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20 inches long.

    He joins sisters, Megan 6, and Hedan, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Angela Beavers of Kings Mountain and John Eric Beavers of Charlotte.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Curtis D. Bruce Sr. and the late Carolyn A. Bruce.

    Great-grandparents are Cathy and Kenneth Ross of Bessemer City and Betty ad Jack Beavers of Kings Mountain.

  • Medlin-Edwards

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Savannah Dawn Medlin of Riegelwood and Matthew Ray Edwards of Leland. The bride-elect is the daughter of Arden and Kimberly Medlin of Riegelwood. The prospective groom is the son of Bonnie Edwards of Leland and Ray and Debra Edwards of Leland. A June 7 wedding is planned on Town Creek in Winnabow with a reception to follow.

  • Colquitt-Varnam

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Genva Elizabeth Colquitt of Buies Creek and the Rev. Samuel Devon Varnam of Kernersville. The bride-elect is the daughter of Douglas and Libby Colquitt of Creedmoor. The prospective groom is the son of Gayla Varnam of Supply and Terry and Paulette Varnam of Supply. A May 17 wedding is planned at Edgewood Baptist Church in Winston-Salem, where the Rev. Varnam is the minister of music and youth.

  • Homecoming mixed with challenges as raccoons find residence in house

    The long weeks of preparation for an annual board meeting in Florida were over. We were eagerly on our way, as much in response to a yearning for a break in our routine as in anticipation of catching up with old friends. I was almost relaxed as Jean tested his newly “uncataracted” eyes with the long stint of driving. Nice weather, an interesting CD for our listening pleasure, lots of chatter—and all was well with the world.

  • Church briefs

    Women’s ministry conference planned

    The First Women’s Fellowship Ministry Conference, “Ministering to the Whole Woman”, will be from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 31 at Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church on N.C. 904 East.

    Speakers will be Victoria Smith, R.N., OBGYN; attorney Pauline Hankins; and Evangelist Ola Samuels.

    Breakfast and lunch will be served. Donations are $20.

    For more information, call 579-6296 or 579-6388.

    Holy Covenant

    plans program

  • N.C. Boys Choir to perform at Shallotte Presbyterian Church

    The North Carolina Boys Choir will present a concert at 4 p.m. Sunday, May 11 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church, 5070 Main St., Shallotte.

    The North Carolina Boys Choir is one of the relatively few existing boy choirs in the country, perpetuating a centuries-old art form, according to a news release.

    The 75-plus members of the organization have a strenuous rehearsal and performance schedule. They sing every thing from classical music by Bach and Mozart to simple ballads and polkas, and their music is sung in several languages.

  • West comes from behind to post 15-8 triumph in dream Senior Night

    SHALLOTTE—Seth Roberts had done everything but score.

    So, in the decisive sixth inning, when Roberts stole third and watched teammate Ryan Hill burn the New Hanover left fielder for a double, Roberts didn’t have to race home. He trotted.

    He stopped just before his mission was accomplished, jumped joyously and came down with both feet on the plate.

    It was the human exclamation point in a 15-8 victory that clinched the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference championship Thursday night.

  • Know your NASCAR; it's better than a blowout in your brain

    It is an awful feeling, and in the manner of grim surprises since the beginning of time, you never see it coming.

    I was having a casual conversation over lunch the other day about fairly nebulous NASCAR topics—what I would consider general-knowledge questions. We discussed the NASCAR Sprint Cup season so far, the next few races, the Chase, what in the world Tony Stewart will ultimately decide to do, anything and everything about Dale Earnhardt Jr.—in other words, the usual.

  • Bowyer takes victory after Junior wrecks

    RICHMOND, Va.—Bizarre might be a good description of Saturday night’s Cup race at Richmond International Raceway.

    Polesitter Denny Hamlin led a race-record number of 381 laps.

    Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Kyle Busch provided a few laps of great racing for the lead, a battle that ended with Earnhardt being spun out by Busch on Lap 398.

    And that led to Clint Bowyer getting by both Earnhardt and Busch, en route to his second career win in Cup competition.

  • McCumbee sixth at The Rock

    Brunswick County’s Chad McCumbee finished sixth in the Carolina 500 last Sunday in the return to racing at Rockingham Speedway after a four-year hiatus.

    “That was okay for us,” said McCumbee, who grew up in Varnamtown. “We didn’t have the car as good as we’d like to. It kind of made it a struggle all day. The caution never fell the way we needed it to.

    “They started 50 cars. So we’ll take a sixth place—that was a good, solid finish for us.”