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Today's News

  • Good Friday's cry is 'Come, passion!'

    The Lenten journey is drawing to a close, a crucial ending that will evoke new beginnings.

    The official name for what is traditionally known as Good Friday is Friday of the Passion and Death of the Lord. It is a day of mourning, a day to contemplate prayerfully the cross as a sign of Jesus’ willingness to die that all of us might be saved.

    There is an obvious solemnity and somberness to this time, but it is not simply a remembrance of a past phenomenon. It is not only a commemoration of a 2,000 year-old incident.

  • Church briefs

    Easter musical/drama set for March 21-23

    “The First Time I Saw Jesus,” an Easter musical and drama, will be presented by Ocean View Baptist Church, 7025 Beach Drive SW in Ocean Isle Beach, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, March 21, 22 and 23.

    Friday and Saturday’s performances will begin at 7 p.m.

    Sunday’s performance starts at 11 a.m.

    Calvary sets Easter celebration

    The Calvary Baptist Church choir will present a celebration of the resurrection, “The Risen Christ,” at the 11 a.m. worship hour on Easter Sunday, March 23.

  • Jenrette leads All-County girls basketball team

    West Brunswick senior Miranda Jenrette and North Brunswick girls basketball coach Travis Fortune have been with their respective teams for only two years.

    Both made the moves to southeastern North Carolina because of their grandmothers, and their contributions this past season can make their family members proud.

  • Beware of the Ides of March Madness

    I am Irish, a Pisces and a fan of college basketball. I guess you could say March is my month.

    In the next several weeks, the attention of American sports fans will be captured by an event which is a primary contributor to making the month of March tolerable, if not downright enjoyable—the NCAA basketball tournament.

    It starts with 65 teams and lasts only three weeks, but when you think about it, March Madness closely resembles a condensed version of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series season.

  • Childress teams are one-two-three at Bristol

    BRISTOL, Tenn.—Jeff Burton led a Richard Childress sweep in Sunday’s Food City 500 at Bristol’s Thunder Valley. Following Burton across the stripe were Kevin Harvick and Clint Bowyer.

    “Obviously, Harvick and Stewart got together there at the end, and that opened the door for me,” Burton said. “Then Denny Hamlin on the last restart, just quit, and we kept going.

  • Gamble pays off for BCC in last-inning win over Hudson Valley

    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Community College used a daredevil play to beat Hudson Valley in the second game of a doubleheader Monday night.

    The Dolphins fell 1-0 in the first game.

    The bats for both teams started working in the nightcap, and the score was tied 3-3 heading into the Dolphins’ half of the seventh.

    Jeremy King reached on a throwing error and got to second on a wild pitch. Then with two outs, Denver Nixon drilled a base hit up the middle that couldn’t score King because it was hit too hard.

  • Madness spills into springtime

    It’s one of the best times of the year in sports.

    The NHL and NBA seasons are winding down, and the major league baseball players are getting in shape for the long grind.

    Most high schools and colleges already have begun their spring sports seasons.

    And March Madness is upon us.

    Not only does March Madness signal the end of the men’s and women’s college basketball seasons, but it also means our northern neighbors can slowly start putting away the snow-blowers and shovels, tire chains, etc., and begin moving outdoors as spring approaches.

  • Church league begins tournament

    Shallotte First, Liberty Tabernacle, Jennies Branch and New Beginnings notched victories March 17 as the Brunswick County men’s church league began its season-ending double elimination tournament.

    Richie Caison had 21 points for Shallotte First, and David Batten added 14 in a 56-28 victory against Sharon Methodist. Chris Stanley led Sharon Methodist with 13 points.

    Willis Stevenson had 25 points and Kendrick Frink 23 as Liberty Tabernacle whipped Beach Assembly 93-41. Todd Summerlin led Beach Assembly with 11 points and Corey Brown had 10.

  • Clardy rolls 761 series at Brunswick Bowling Center

    Michael Clardy rolled a 761 series, one of four 700 sets bowled at the Brunswick County Bowling Center last week.

    Clardy had games of 246, 237 and 278 in the McDonald’s Amusement Classic league March 10.

    Rick Lachance and Sam Harris each bowled 708 sets in the McDonald’s league while Derek Frink had a 705 in the Extravaganza League March 12.

    McDONALD’s AMUSEMENT

  • Oak Island fisherman sets state record for red grouper

    Not many people can say they caught the state record the first time they ever went out for a certain kind of fish.

    But that’s what happened to Chuck Deeter.

    The Oak Island resident set the North Carolina record for red grouper when he reeled in the 33-pound 8-ounce fish, according to a press release last week from the North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries.

    The grouper, which was weighed in at Anchorage Marina in Atlantic Beach, measured 35 inches in length and had a 25.5-inch girth.