Today's News

  • Gardening activities to check off your October list

    Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder. I offer these suggestions for things to do this month:

    Gardening tips for October

  • Rain gardens offer way to clean polluted storm water

    From motor oil to bird droppings to pesticides, pollutants have to go somewhere when it rains. Usually it’s a quick trip to a nearby stream, river or lake. But it doesn’t have to be.

    As the population increases, and there’s more growth, there are more rooftops and driveways. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases, it goes directly into a stream really fast with whatever is in it.

  • Balkcum-Woolard

    Sherri Leigh Balkcum of Sunset Beach and Michael Dean Woolard of Sunset Beach were married Aug. 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, with magistrate Doug Todd officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Sandra Boseman of Rocky Mount and the late William Boseman and Earle and Jewel Balkcum of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Anna Oglesby of Rocky Mount and the late James Woolard.

    Christy Scott of Ash served as matron of honor, and Carl Scott of Ash served as best man.

  • Hewett-McCumbee

    Stacey Hewett of Shallotte and Jordan Scott McCumbee of Ash were married Sept. 5 at Premier Resorts, Barefoot Landing, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Minister Jeffrey Britton officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Lemon of Shallotte and Jimmy and Pam Hewett of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Dewayne and Marian McCumbee of Ash.

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

  • Townsend

    Tabitha and Brian Townsend of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Riley-Grace Caroline Townsend, born at 9:48 a.m. Sept. 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She joins sisters Brooke Leigh, 6, and Hailee, 4.

    Maternal grandfather is Rex Inman of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Brenda Yovanoich of Polkton and the late Bobby Stewart Townsend.

  • It's not easy to live single-handedly, but it brings goodness

    Weeks have now elapsed since my unfortunate fall. And all is not yet well.

    My first response to the dilemma was quite positive, I believe. Adjustment to being joined at the hip to an obliging mate came with a fair degree of ease. I convinced myself the persistent presence would be both beneficial and reassuring. I could do this. It might take some effort, but it was not beyond my reach... or stretch.

  • For Surigao brothers, football is family affair

    If you’ve been to a West Brunswick Trojan football game this year, you’ve probably seen five children playing a little football game in front of the fence of the home bleachers. Those are the Surigao children, and when they aren’t busy conducting their version of “Friday Night Lights,” they are watching their fathers help orchestrate the best start to a season for West Brunswick in nearly a decade.

    The Trojan coaching staff is composed of several veteran coaches as well as fresh new faces, including brothers Chris and John Surigao.

  • South clinches third-straight conference title

    The South Brunswick girls’ tennis team beat South Columbus 8-1 Oct. 6 to clinch their third straight Waccamaw Conference championship.

    The victory improved South’s conference record to 8-0.

    The Cougars then beat Pender 7-2 and Ashley 8-1 in nonconference duals to remain unbeaten this season (13-0).

    South Columbus had given the Cougars tough competition earlier this year, losing at No. 2 and No. 3 singles.

  • Trojans' JV fall to East Bladen in high-scoring game

    ELIZABETHTOWN—The West Brunswick junior varsity football team scored a season-high 42 points against East Bladen, returned a kickoff for touchdown and got a career-high 275 rushing yards on 23 carries from sophomore running back Justin Bland. But all of that was insufficient to overcome 455 yards of total offense from East Bladen in a 60-42 loss Oct. 8.

  • Scorpions beat West Bladen for first conference victory

    Jirese Thomas’ 90-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter helped clinch a 27-21 victory by North Brunswick over West Bladen in a Waccamaw Conference football game Friday night.

    The victory was the first in the conference for the Scorpions (1-2, 3-5 overall).