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Today's News

  • COLUMN: A valiant effort is not enough in West’s final game

     I’m sure the coaches and some of the players might disagree with my assessment, but I’ll share it anyway: West Brunswick threw its best punch against Hillside in the first round of the state 3A basketball playoffs last week in Durham.

    I’ve seen most of the Trojans’ varsity boys’ basketball games this season and the team’s effort last Tuesday night in Durham was remarkable.

  • Trojan netters drop first two matches of season

     West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ tennis team fell to 0-2 with a pair of losses in the opening week of the season.

    Hoggard opened Mideastern Conference play with a dominant 9-0 win over the Trojans on Feb. 27.

    The Vikings dropped only two games in six singles’ and three doubles’ competitions in handing the inexperienced Trojans a lopsided defeat.

  • Trojan upset bid falls just short in first round of state playoffs

     DURHAM – West Brunswick’s varsity boys’ basketball team tried its best to pull off one of the most remarkable upsets in North Carolina High School Athletic Association state playoff history last week.

    The Trojans, the East Region’s No. 32 seed, played arguably their best game of the season, but it wasn’t enough as Hillside outscored West Brunswick by seven points in the second half to claim a 58-49 victory.

  • Dolphins improve to 11-0 with sweep of Lenoir CC

     Lenoir Community College left Brunswick County frustrated last weekend after suffering a sweep at the hands of the Brunswick Community College Dolphins at Founders Field.

    BCC exploded for four runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on four more in the bottom of the sixth before holding on for an 8-4 win in the series finale Sunday, March 4.

    BCC won 18-0 in the nightcap of a doubleheader Saturday, March 3, before earning a 7-4 victory in the series opener earlier in the day.

  • Fully-involved fire at Oak Island motel Sunday night

    An Oak Island motel was fully engulfed in flames Sunday night.

    The Ocean Crest Motel, located at 1417 East Beach Drive was fully engulfed Sunday, and Oak Island Fire Department personnel were urging people to avoid the area.

  • Caution: Things are not always as they seem

    “Just look at her – not a care in the world.” “If only I had his looks/job/money…”

    Go ahead — admit it. You’ve caught yourself making snap judgments like these about people around you or those on television or online. In these challenging times, it can be particularly tempting to look at someone else and think he or she leads a charmed life. Outward appearances can be deceiving, though. You never know what someone else is going through.

  • Life is simplified when limits are set

    Three realities strongly disturbed my serenity a few weeks ago. 1) Time passes more quickly than ever before. 2) I am addicted to scheduling in order to manage my life. 3) Just when I think all is in place, a glitch marches determinedly into my ordered existence. Disorder replaces order. Simultaneously, I stop simplifying. Then I start complicating my way of living. Anxiety enters and hours are spent trying to fix what was broken. Everything else is put on hold. The pressure to regain what I had lost builds exponentially.

  • Could arginine improve feline immune function?

    Full disclosure: I’m a believer in using nutrition as a healing tool. I take several nutritional supplements, give them to my family, and recommend them to my patients. Because there aren’t as many scientific studies conducted on nutritional supplements, especially in veterinary medicine, I take a lot of flak from my colleagues whenever I espouse trying a different diet, food, or supplement. You can imagine my joy when research on a popular immune-boosting feline nutritional supplement appears to work. 

  • Thalian presents debut ‘Best of Broadway’ in Leland

    Thalian Association Community Theatre (TACT) is bringing its first show to the Leland Cultural Arts Center (LCAC) with a one-show-only original revue, “The Best of Broadway at Brunswick,” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3.

    The show, sponsored by LCAC and the town of Leland, is a fundraiser to support TACT theatrical productions and youth theater programs.

    Tickets are $25 and available at thalian.org or 251-1788. Handling fees can be avoided for tickets ordered by phone.

  • Dixon Chapel UMC 64th Oyster Roast set for Saturday

    If the weather cooperates, Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown is planning its 64th Oyster Roast from noon to 4 p.m. this Saturday, March 2, at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    The annual event, which traditionally takes place in November, had to be postponed last year because of damages sustained at the church from Hurricane Florence.

    Longtime vendor Marlene Varnam of Carson Varnam Oyster Market said everything should be in place for Saturday.

    “We hope we’ll have plenty of oysters,” she said.