Today's News

  • Understanding how to care for crape myrtles: Part 2

    Crape myrtles that have previously been topped can, to an extent, be “untopped.” Select two or three of the stronger shoots per topping knuckle (the knob that develops where the topping cut was made) and prune the others off. Then prune (head back) the selected shoots above outward facing buds to begin to develop a new branch pattern.

    The plant will never again have its true or natural crapemyrtle form, but it can be improved.

    The right way to prune

  • An ounce of prevention to cure all of your lawn weeds

    Poor Richard told us long ago an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old adage certainly fits when it comes to controlling the weeds in your centipede and St. Augustine lawns.

    An application of atrazine—commonly sold as Purge—this fall will control lots of weeds that are already there and keep many others from showing up later in the season.

  • Hardee-Bath

    Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia were married Sept. 12 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply.

    Judge Marion Warren officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Gene and Merle Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Sanford and Sandra Bath of Bolivia.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Hawes-Pierce

    Laney Carmel Hawes of Shallotte and Robert Craig Pierce of Shallotte were married Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church of Wilmington. The Rev. Donnie King Jr., the bride’s brother, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Carmel Hawes of Wilmington. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Pierce III of Wilmington and Susanne Denton Pierce of Salisbury.

    Mary Staten of Raleigh and Brittany Wolf of New York City served as maids of honor.

  • In life there are many roads not taken: Which road leads home?

    Jokingly, I have sometimes commented any divorce possibilities for Dear Hubby and me will commence on a road trip.

    Similar in a multitude of ways, we part company seriously when it comes to driving and the abundant choices that come with the highways to be traveled, especially in unknown territories. Thankfully, our initial prayer upon entering the vehicle and putting on our seat belts begs for divine assistance, angelic presence and generalized removal from all possibility of injury—ours and others. We are happily ensconced in God’s presence. A GPS is unnecessary!

  • One year in, ACE teams nets 167 DWI arrests

    It’s been one year since the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office received a grant that allowed them to start a four-man team aimed at reducing speeding and aggressive driving on Brunswick County’s roadways.

    A little more than 11 months into the endeavor, and the Brunswick County Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team has arrested 167 drivers for driving while impaired. The squad also issued 1,202 speeding citations.

  • Phillips qualifies for state 3A tennis tournament

    South Brunswick sophomore Summer Phillips has qualified for the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A tennis tournament.

    Phillips beat C.B. Aycock’s Hollie Baker 6-4, 6-1 in a quarterfinal of the Class 3A East Regional Friday at Barton College to qualify for the state tournament, which takes place this week in Burlington.

    Phillips, unbeaten as a No. 1 singles player in the Waccamaw Conference, opened the tourney by beating Hayley Stowe of Washington 6-4, 6-4.

  • North's scorpions win three conference games in a row

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick won its third straight conference football game, beating South Brunswick 24-14 Friday.

    “It felt good tonight,” said North quarterback A.J. Perkins, whose passing was one the keys to the Scorpions’ victory. “We feel if we have the ball near the red zone, we can put it in.”

    The victory put North at 3-2 in the Waccamaw Conference, 5-5 overall.

    South, hurt by two unsportsmanlike-conduct penalties and two fumbles, dropped to 2-2 in the conference, 4-4 overall.

  • Motion to dismiss lawsuit against board of education filed

    BOLIVIA—Legal representation for the Brunswick County Board of Education has asked the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a former central office employee.

    A motion to dismiss and answer to complaint was filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on Oct. 22, in response to a lawsuit filed Aug. 28 on behalf of Sherry Dove.

  • Woman beats breast cancer while pregnant with second child

    Ellen Granade was looking forward to the next nine months after finding out she was pregnant with her second son in late February 2008. While consumed with the joys of a second pregnancy, she never expected to be carrying a baby and battling breast cancer simultaneously.

    A month after finding out she was pregnant, Granade, then 31, found a lump in her breast while lying in bed. After an ultrasound, a mammogram and an unsuccessful needle aspiration, the doctors decided to surgically remove the lump. Granade was 15 weeks pregnant at the time.