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Today's News

  • Common insect and mite pests in the landscape

    Azalea Lace Bug

    These true bugs have lace-like wings and backs. They are found on the undersides of leaves, but cause a blotched or spotted appearance on the upper leaf surface. Black varnish excrement spots appear on the underside of leaves and are characteristic even when adults are absent.

    Severely infested leaves may yellow and drop prematurely.

  • Prevatte birth

    Robert and Donna Prevatte of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Braydon Avery Prevatte, born at 1:05 a.m. June 6 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Blake, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Harry and Faye Wilkes of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Steve and Debbie Prevatte of Sunset Beach.

    Great-grandparents are Lillian Oliver of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mildred Thompson of Tabor City.

  • Do we really want freedom for all?

    It was Independence Day and I was sitting in my office gazing at the serenity of Sasspan Creek. The sea creatures seem to be living peaceably with each other. They give space and place to one another without squawking, fighting or jealously guarding their spot in the water or on our dock. I watched them and wonder why we humans cannot seem to share our earth in such an equitable manner.

  • Church briefs

    Pleasant View to host family fun day

    Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, N.C. 904 E. in Sunset Beach, will host a Family Fun Day and Health Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

    There will be games, door prizes and free food and clothing.

    The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Brunswick County Minority Infant Mortality Task Force and the Pleasant View Mission.

  • Herring to celebrate 50 years of ministry and 44 years at Mount Zion Church

    Pastor Moses C. Herring, son of the late James Clyde and Lucille Williams Herring, will celebrate 50 years of preaching the gospel this month.

    The Mount Zion Church family will celebrate his 44th anniversary at the church in Longwood with a banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The Rev. Jimmy Brockington, pastor of the Marion Baptist Church from Salter, S.C., will be the guest speaker for the morning service, culminating Herring’s 44th anniversary on Aug. 10.

  • In short time, barrel racer making long strides

    When Kristen Smith, then 12, took a coffee table and set it up in an open space, her dad, Wayne, proudly anticipated what was about to happen. Kristen hauled another coffee table to the same area and set it across from the first table. Needing one more object to complete a make-believe pattern of barrels for a barrel race, Kristen grabbed a lawn chair and set it in a spot to complete the triangular pattern.

    “I thought it was great,” Wayne said.

  • Poole wins for eighth time at Myrtle Beach

    MYRTLE BEACH, S.C.—Points leader Tommy Poole of Brunswick County won for the eighth time in Street Stock racing July 12 at Myrtle Beach Speedway.

    Poole finished ahead of Dean Cumbee (second in points), Clay Gosssett, David Hatchell and Kent Bellamy.

    In Mini-Stock, Terry Evans won for the second time. Mark Evans was second, Lucas Williams third, Dub Fulford fourth and Harry Floyd fifth.

    Dub Fulford leads in points and Adam Fulford is second, 52 points behind.

  • BCC tryouts a success for 10 players

    When Robbie Allen held tryouts last month for his Brunswick Community College baseball team, he was hoping to find some help at certain positions, but he was uncertain which positions would be filled.

    “I didn’t know what to expect,” he said.

    The tryouts turned out better than expected. Of the 35 who tried out at West Brunswick High School, Allen decided to invite 10—two catchers, two outfielders, two infielders and four pitchers—to play for the fall team.

    “I was surprised we got 10 altogether,” he said.

  • My mighty, majestic home run

    A popular prelude to the Major League Baseball All-Star game is the home-run contest. Several players get their chance to swat grooved pitches as far they can, and it is a treat for the fans at the All-Star site and television viewers to see how many home runs these players can hit.

  • Sometimes it is better to be lucky than good when fishing

    There’s a common saying among tournament fishermen, “I’d rather be lucky than good.” If you are a fisherman you understand exactly what this means. So much of fishing is about circumstance. Right place, right time and then having the fish bite your line instead of someone’s beside you. Also the factors that lead up to catching a particular fish can be a tangled web of fortune and misfortune, but somehow you end up where you are and then the fish bites. As such, let me tell you the story of one of the most unbelievable days of fishing in my life.