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Today's News

  • ROCAME has regional jamboree

    ROCAME had its annual regional jamboree on April 21 at Cape Fear Community College (North Campus) in Wilmington. Middle school and high school students from Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, Pender and Whiteville City school systems competed in math and science events.
     Middle school winners
    Write It Do It: Arian Garner and Victoria Beatty, Leland Middle (LMS), first place; Myyah Brown and Jameshia Sapps, Shallotte Middle (SMS), third place.

  • Education briefs

    CCU presents awards at honors convocation
    Coastal Carolina University presented awards for faculty and student academic achievement and recognition at its annual Honors Convocation on Friday, May 4, in Wheelwright Auditorium.
    Departmental awards were presented to 42 students in recognition of outstanding academic accomplishments and contributions to the academic quality of their respective departments, including the Thomas W. and Robin W. Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts award in music to Haylie Long of Ash.

  • Charter school has spring festival

    The Roger Bacon Academy Charter Day School hosted its annual spring festival and open house on Saturday, April 28, attended by more than 600 people from the community.
    The school’s nationally ranked cheerleaders performed their award-winning routines, and the world-ranked archery team demonstrated skills on the school’s archery range.

  • Club briefs

    Quilt show is May 19-20
    The Brunswick Quilters guild will present “A Galaxy of Quilts” quilt show from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe St. in Southport.
    The exhibit will display more than 100 quilts and quilted items made by guild members. The event will showcase a queen-size raffle quilt, “Aegean Star,” a Judy Martin pattern made by guild members.

  • How much do you really know about preserving food?

    People have been preserving foods for centuries in an effort to keep food from time of plenty for a time of need. The trend for home preserving is one that ebbs and flows. During difficult economic times, we tend to see more people “putting food up” as a way of helping the budget, but there are many other reasons for preserving.
    Flavor and taste: They just prefer the flavor of fresh produce that they’ve canned themselves.

  • It’s time to start harvesting potatoes

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    When the tops of the potatoes start to die down, you will know it is time to harvest. One issue you may see on newly harvested potatoes is brown scab-like wounds (see photo). This is a disease called scab. The potatoes are still fine to eat. The causes of the problem and how to prevent it in the future will be discussed.
    Common scab

  • Controlling scale insects on shrubs

    Why are scales so much harder to treat than other insects? It’s because many of them cover themselves with a protective waxy coating.
    Indian Wax Scales illustrate this topic very well. They are easy to identify because they look like chewed gum and are usually found on the stems of plants like gardenia, magnolia and holly. Scale insects feed on leaves or branches of many ornamental plants grown in landscapes and nurseries. Adult females are red and covered with bright, white gummy wax.

  • Religion briefs

    Life groups study God’s word
    Life Groups are for everyone. Freedom Outreach Center has Life Groups for children, women, men, young adults, retirees, a mixture of people and the list goes on. A Life Group is a group of 3-15 people, and can meet anywhere.
    The following Life Groups are presently organized: The Mulligans (a golf Life Group); Going Deeper Divas (women’s Bible study); Pastor Ken’s Life Group, which constantly changes; and Bodies 4 God (exercise to Christian music).

  • Life and death are entwined at Ocean Isle Beach

    Dawn arrived clothed in a blanket of gray clouds and threatening skies. I wondered if the memorial service at Ocean Isle Beach would still happen.
    The question lingered in my mind as sadness gripped me. I wanted to cry, but couldn’t. I wished I had known the young woman who had died, but I didn’t. I only knew her mom. Sorrow at her loss gripped me though my tears remained unshed. Rain or shine, beach or church, Hubby Dear and I could do nothing but be present as companions at this time of unique heartache and grief.

  • Education briefs

    Purcell graduates with honors from CCU
    Ashley M. Purcell of Holden Beach graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in music from Coastal Carolina University during commencement ceremonies on May 5. She is continuing her education at CCU in the master of arts and teaching program.