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Community News

  • Tips and tricks for tending to the garden in November

    If blossom-end rot plagued your tomato crop this growing season, the soil pH could be off. Soil test now so slow acting lime has a chance to get to where it is needed before the next growing season.

    After a killing frost has hit your asparagus beds, it is time to cut the dead foliage to the ground.

    Continue to rake leaves off the lawn. You can use a sweeper attachment on the mower or a bagger. Place leaves on a compost pile for next year. A mulching blade will also work to chop up the leaves and distribute back onto the lawn.

  • Sunset Beach surviving financially, town staffer says

     BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUNSET BEACH—In trying economic times, the town of Sunset Beach is holding its own and in one instance doing better than last year.

    Town finance director Donna Rogers, speaking at the Sunset Beach Town Council meeting Monday night, said the town’s local-option sales tax is 26 percent higher in the first quarter than last year, while accommodations tax is a “little less than 1 percent” higher than the previous fiscal year.

  • Novant, Habitat for Humanity dedicate county's 23rd home

    Novant Health, the nonprofit healthcare system that manages Brunswick Community Hospital, and Habitat for Humanity recently dedicated Brunswick County’s 23rd Habitat for Humanity home.

    Novant chose their sponsorship for a home for Chowan Simmons and her five children to celebrate the Novant Health’s 10th anniversary and Brunswick Community Hospital’s 30th anniversary.

  • Varnamtown celebrates 20th anniversary

    VARNAMTOWN—Varnamtown celebrated its 20th anniversary as an incorporated town Saturday.

    Mayor Judy Galloway said the town has accomplished a lot in its 20 years, including the building of Jesse R. Caison Park, installation of streetlights and Christmas lights, a new town hall and construction of the town boat ramp and parking.

    “None of this would have happened if we would not have incorporated,” she said.

    State Sen. R.C. Soles helped the town with its incorporation in 1988 and was invited to Saturday’s celebration.

  • Brunswick Beacon wins spelling competition

    SUPPLY—The Brunswick Beacon team correctly spelled “aficionado” and “doppelganger” to win the Brunswick Literacy Council’s Adult Spelling Bee last Thursday night.

    The two-person team consisting of Beacon reporters Kathryn Jacewicz and Laura Lewis won a traveling trophy and plaque at the annual spelling bee Sept. 25 at Brunswick Community College.

  • Woman upset about feral cat removal

    GRISSETTOWN—For nearly 30 years, Helen Lund had been feeding a colony of feral cats behind a building on U.S. 17.

    Using her own money, Lund would trap the cats and pay a veterinarian to have them spayed or neutered and treated for rabies before releasing them back into the wild.

    She bought medicine to treat the wild felines for assorted illnesses and eye problems.

    She erected houses for them on the feral colony site on a vacant lot behind a Dumpster.

    Sometimes, she’d take a cat or kitten home where she would tame it into a pet of her own.

  • Local man involved in Coast Guard's capture of vessel

    Juneau, Alaska—A Brunswick County man in the U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in the capture of vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School, was on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Munro” when it was involved in seizing a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale, high-seas driftnet fishing 460 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • Local bicyclists get ready to roll in Cycle North Carolina cross-state ride

    At least four local bicyclists are getting in gear for Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state ride that begins Sunday in Black Mountain and concludes the following Saturday on Oak Island.

    The participants include Steve and Stephanie Bruce, Harvey Camp and Peter Lewis of Island Hoppers Bicycle Repair on U.S. 17 at N.C. 904.

    Cycle North Carolina (online at www.ncsports.org) is touted as a “mountains to the coast” ride of about 425 miles that includes nightly stops at host towns along the way.

  • Coastal Resources Commission to hear wind energy presentations Thursday at Sea Trail

    The nuts and bolts of offshore wind energy will be the topic of an informational session and panel discussion Thursday during the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission meeting at Sea Trail Golf and Convention Center.

  • Local churches rally to bring 'Fireproof' to Shallotte

    Members of New Beginnings Church, led by pastor Brad Ferguson, were excited about seeing “Fireproof,” a Christian-themed movie from the producers of 2006’s “Facing the Giants.”

    “It had volunteers in the cast and no big names, but it was very well received in our area,” Ferguson said recently of “Facing the Giants.”

    When he and some of the church members heard about “Fireproof,” starring former teen actor Kirk Cameron as a firefighter in a troubled marriage who turns to God, they were excited about seeing it.