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Today's News

  • Ward birth

    Aaron S. and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Joseph Liam Ward, born at 10:21 a.m. Feb. 26 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain, Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; Daniel and Mattie Ward, Herbert and May Ward, all of Whiteville.

  • Evans-Frink

    Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply, were married Feb. 14 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor J.T. Johnson officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Douglas K. Evans of Shallotte and Violet Andrews of Leland.

    The groom is the son of Lee Vance and Marjoire Lynn Frink of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Maid of honor was Brittany Reeves, the bride’s cousin. Bridesmaid was Kristy B. Marshburn, the bride’s cousin.

  • Keep the inner eye focused on goodness

    Those who know me well also know I love to tease, especially to tease those who are near and dear to me.

    Obviously, my husband is the most frequent recipient of my jesting comments. I exaggerate the effects of his contemplative nature, describing in great detail his many prayer chairs and their many accompanying books. I wonder aloud at the procrastination that emerges from hours spent in pondering rather than in practicality, but all the while, part of me is watching the power of that prayerfulness. I am being impelled to a similar lifestyle, even if I express it differently.

  • Church briefs

    7 Up's service planned at Big Macedonia Baptist

    Members of the Big Macedonia Baptist Church are planning a 7 Up’s service for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

    The theme will be “Standing for Jesus in any Situation.”

    Speakers for the afternoon will be: Stand Up-Minister Edna Lewis; Speak Up-Sister Yolonda Hewett; Grow Up-Brother Kendrick Morgan; Look Up-Minister Norma Frink; Pray Up-Deacon Jimmy Hankins; Wake Up-Deacon Gregory Williams; Shut Up-Sister Shelia Washington; and Sister Stephanie Marlow will wrap it up.

  • Hamlin posts first triumph in home state of Virginia

    MARTINSVILLE, Va.—Denny Hamlin, driver of the No. 11 Fed-Ex Toyota, took the lead in Sunday’s Goody’s Cool Orange 500 from Jeff Burton on lap 424 and led the remaining 76 laps. It was Hamlin’s first win of the season and the second for Toyota.

    “This was the first Virginia win for me,” said Hamlin of Chesterfield, Va. “Hopefully, the curse of winning in my home state is over.

    “We’ve had a lot of bad luck these past few weeks, and it feels good to come here and get a win in front of the hometown fans.”

  • Sounds a lot like NASCAR fans

    The following is the completely falsified transcript of a conversation, which never took place between Mike and Maggie, two people who do not exist. I did not overhear this conversation, nor one remotely like it, and probably never will. The made-up names have not been changed.

    Mike: “Hey, did you watch 'Lost Idol Survivor Apprentice' last weekend?”

    Maggie: “Of course, I did. I never miss one. What did you think about that ending?”

    Mike: “Fantastic. I never saw it coming—definitely a wild finish.”

  • Comment uncalled for in local tennis match

    I’m sure no one in the stands heard this comment—not the parents nor the fans nor even the coaches.

    The only reason I heard it is because I was taking pictures and sitting between the nets of two matches.

    A visiting high school tennis player asked a West Brunswick player, “How’s the marching band here?”

    I thought it was a bizarre question to ask someone between points and became curious about why he asked it. Little did I realize it was a set-up.

    “Well, I guess they’re not so good,” the West Brunswick player said.

  • Pleasant View wins men's church league championship

    A trio scored in double figures as Pleasant View beat Mount Calvary 69-55 to win the Brunswick County Men’s Church Basketball Tournament Monday night.

    Jermaine Morris poured in 14 points, Josh Brown 13 and Jarrett Wallace 12 for the victors. McReese Vereen scored 14 and Larry Dailey 12 for Mount Calvary.

    In the first game Monday night, Pleasant View topped Mount Calvary 79-54 behind 26 points from Morris, 14 from Brown and 10 from Jason Thompson. Mount Calvary was led by Travis Cox with 24 and Vereen and Maurich Finch with eight apiece.

  • Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams win S.C. state crown 14 years in a row

    Gymnastics & More’s Ocean Flippers gymnastics teams came home with two team titles at the state championships in Newberry and Rock Hill, S.C., last weekend.

    The Level 9 team brought home the South Carolina state team gold with a final score of 110.125—more than three points ahead of the second-place team.

    With an all-around champion in Level 7 (Ana Smith), Level 8 (Faith Burns) and Level 9 (Gilly Hogue), as well as the Level 9 team title, the Ocean Flippers have successfully been S.C. state champions 14 years in a row.

  • Tandem rig increases your chances, helps identify size of your prey

    Spring anglers often have to contend with instability, from the weather, to which fish will bite on a given day. That is one reason people talk about “runs” of fish, though in all my years I have never seen a fish run. The fish are like the changing weather: here one day, gone the next.