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Today's News

  • Can the superdelegates be trusted in this year's election?

    Based on the opinions of several political pundits, it appears the Democratic presidential race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama will go to the fall convention and will be decided by party insiders called superdelegates.

    This could potentially be a disaster given the differences of race and gender. There has never been a presidential race like the one we have between Obama and Clinton.

  • It's time to get off the bench, get into the game

    It’s easy to be vocal about things you don’t like. Whether you’re discussing a current event that has you hot under the collar or complaining about happenings in the world, people, by nature, more easily complain than take charge of things and promote change.

  • Births

    Smith

    Ray and Crystal Smith of Ash are the parents of a son, Ethan Ray Smith, born at 4:25 p.m. Jan. 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He measured 7 pounds, 15 ounces and was 21 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah Zachary Smith, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Atkinson of Ash and Terry Atkinson of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Hilda Smith of Pireway and Junior Smith of Loris, S.C.

    Great-grandparents are Della Smith of Lake Waccamaw and Madie King of Fayetteville.

    Hall

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 11 and 12 in Bolivia.

    Monday, Feb. 11

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge Jr. presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Terry Michael Adair, improper equipment, costs.

    Bryceson Jarrell Age, improper equipment, costs.

    Jason Anderson, improper equipment, costs; fail to wear seat belt/driver, no operator’s license, both voluntarily dismissed.

  • Alexander-Shapiro

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Susan Brooke Alexander and Mark Byron Shapiro, both of Seattle, Wash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard Alexander of Shallotte. She is a graduate of Savannah College of Art and Design and founded Susabella Inc., a graphic and Web design firm in Seattle. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ronald Shapiro of Spokane, Wash. He is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound and owner of a State Farm insurance agency in Marysville, Wash. A July 4 wedding is planned in Seattle.

  • Fipps-Bryson

    Dr. and Mrs. Bradford Fipps of Liberty, S.C., announce the engagement of their daughter, Laura Claire Fipps, to Scott Edward Bryson of Kannapolis. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Bryson Jr., of Brevard. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Lane of Holden Beach and Betty Fipps of Tabor City. She is a senior at Southern Wesleyan University in Central, S.C. A 2006 graduate of Southern Wesleyan University, the prospective groom is the director of music at Kannapolis First Wesleyan Church.

  • Lewises celebrate 50 years

    Francis (Frank) Lewis and Mary Lewis celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Jan. 11. They were married in Yuma, Ariz., on Jan. 11, 1958. The Lewises have six children and four grandchildren. Their children gave them a surprise anniversary reception Jan. 10 at Ocean View Baptist Church, where 125 friends and family attended. Their son Kenneth Lewis made a three-tier wedding cake with yellow roses and a fountain for the celebration. Their sons Kenneth, James, Billy and Alan and daughter Patricia gave them a cruise to the Bahamas.

  • Remember, you can be 'dead right'

    I remember reading a billboard sponsored by a local motor vehicle department that cautioned, “You can be dead right.”

    Obviously, the reference was to persons whose “righteous” actions could also be fatal mistakes. When the need to be right supersedes common sense, the results are disastrous and deadly.

    Instead of giving way to errant drivers, they kept on going because they had the right-of-way and the other drivers did not. They were right. The others were wrong.

  • Church briefs

    Gospel sing fundraiser set

    A gospel sing fundraiser for Marty Fulford, featuring The Guiding Lights & Kindred Spirit, will take place at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at Sabbath Home Baptist Church.

    The Sabbath Home Adult Choir, members of Sharon United Methodist Church, Gospel Center Baptist Church and Drake Phelps will provide additional music.

    A love offering will be accepted to help defray the medical costs of Fulford’s lung cancer treatment.

    Fourth Lenten Luncheon set

  • Rocket Man' Newman rules at Daytona 500

    DAYTONA BEACH, Fla.—Ryan “Rocket Man” Newman, with the help of his teammate Kurt Busch, made it a 1-2 finish for Penske Racing in Sunday’s Daytona 500.

    “Without Kurt there was no way I could have won it,” said Newman. “It was just a great effort. We had an awesome team, and the Penske Dodge was awesome.

    “My dad was spotting for me. My grandmother is here, and there are so many people that contributed to this win.”