Today's News

  • Close encounters go to Stallions

    The South Brunswick High School girls’ and boys’ basketball teams suffered narrow defeats last Tuesday at South Columbus.

    Kelly Strickland’s three-pointer with 2.5 seconds remaining in overtime lifted South Columbus to a 32-29 victory in the girls’ game.

    Amanda Dowe tossed in a game-high 16 points for the Lady Stallions, who improved to 3-1 in the Waccamaw 1A/2A Conference and 7-4 overall.

    High scorers for South Brunswick (0-3, 5-9) were Christina Deveney with eight points, Kat Adams with seven and Teak Smith and Rose Coley with six each.

  • South swimmers prep for states

    South Brunswick High School’s swim teams ended the 2007-08 regular season with a splash last week.

    The Cougar boys piled up 63 points in beating Clinton (16) and Swansboro (7) in a meet at the Wilmington YWCA on Saturday and had 53 points in beating Cape Fear Academy (34) last Wednesday in Wilmington.

    The Lady Cougars had 66 points in beating Swansboro (21) and Clinton (6) and 77 points in a 77-16 win against Cape Fear Academy.

  • Exploring bird habitats of the salt marsh

    Today, we will find birds in salt marsh habitat. As an ecology lesson—and just for fun—let’s start at an altitude of 200 miles, as if were are a naturalist on the space shuttle, and zoom in.

  • More subpoenas flood sheriff's office

    At least seven Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office employees were subpoenaed Thursday, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

    But it is unclear if Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett was among those subpoenaed.

    “As far as I know, I don’t know that he has [been subpoenaed],” Hewett’s secretary Beth Bolling said Friday.

    Marshall said he did not know if any documents had been subpoenaed.

  • 'Soft-sational' songs can sometimes do you wrong

    I never thought it would come to this, but I think listening to too much soft rock music in my lifetime has begun to hurt my writing career.

    First, I innocently mentioned a song by Dan Fogelberg in my Dec. 20 column. A couple of days after I wrote it, but before the paper came out, I learned Fogelberg, singer-songwriter of “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band” from the 1970s and early 1980s, had died of prostate cancer. My timing has never been worse.

    Sorry, Dan. Rest in peace.

  • Some practical wine tips to give you instant wine savvy

    Research has proven that drinking a modest amount of wine can lower your bad cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, increase your bone density, reduce your chances of having kidney stones and increase your memory.

    And that’s just to name a few of the advantages being touted by wine in general.

    So with that in mind, I decided to list some practical tips that will give you instant wine savvy!

  • An anniversary tribute

    Anthony J. Munna and Amelia Munna of Supply were preparing to celebrate 60 years of marriage when Anthony Munna died Christmas Day. The couple was married Dec. 28, 1947, in New York. The Munnas children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren want to honor his memory by paying tribute to the couple’s long life together.

  • Resolutions for the home gardener

    With the excitement of a new year, you may be thinking about making resolutions for 2008. But have you ever thought to make a resolution to improve your landscape? Here are a few resolutions you may want to make for 2008.

    Resolve to remove the grass under your trees and put down a ring of organic mulch. Mowing equipment and string trimmers can damage trees if used improperly.

  • A brief lesson on different horticultural oils

    No, we’re not going to discuss crude oil prices more than $100 per barrel or the subsequent jump at the pump. This update concerns the horticultural oil we use to control scales, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and other critters.

    Ever wonder what the difference is between “summer oil” and “dormant oil”? How about “superior” and “supreme”? Let’s try to clear up some of the confusion.

  • Happy New Year to home gardeners

    I hope that each and every one of you had your holiday wishes come true.

    If Santa didn’t quite bring you exactly what you asked for, then you may be able to pick up some bargains priced just right for you to take home.

    Don’t forget to check on some of the gardening equipment needs for the coming spring season. You may find this to be just the right time of the year to pick up the items that will make your spring gardening chores easier to handle this year.