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Today's News

  • September's chores to maintain a healthy garden

    Some areas are having an excellent year for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. If you lose foliage from a deciduous tree this time of the year, it will not hurt the tree. The leaves have already produced plenty of food for the tree and they would fall anyway in another month.

    The main reason to kill these fall caterpillars would be to keep the droppings off the sidewalk or out of the pool. Any pesticide labeled for caterpillars would work. Be sure to use one labeled for fruits or nuts if you plan to spray something edible.

  • 'Julie and Julia' is proof that art imitates life

    Many of my friends were talking about “Julie and Julia.” I got the clear message that I had to see that movie. Awakening on a Friday morning with an awful headache, I told myself that the perfect cure would be time spent in a darkened theater where I’d suspend any disbelief that was engendered by reviews that judged the film to be mediocre at best. Instead, I would focus on the story unfolding before me.

    If my headache disappeared, I’d give the movie an excellent rating. If not, I would still deem it time pleasantly spent.

  • Businessman lobbying for changes to Main Street bridge

    Watching Hurricane Floyd result in flooding like he’d never seen before—causing more than $1 million in damage to his family’s business on Main Street—has made Al Milliken of Shallotte Electric Stores that much more wary of possible flooding in downtown Shallotte.

    His family’s company realized the importance of having flood insurance after Hurricane Floyd dumped 16 inches of rain in Shallotte and flooded several roads and damaged the store.

  • Unemployment down slightly in Brunswick due to summer employment

    Brunswick was one of 59 North Carolina counties in which the unemployment rate dropped in July.

    In Brunswick County’s case, the decrease was minimal, from 11 percent to 10.8 percent, which was also the rate for May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission (ESC).

    In the most recent report from the ESC, commission chairman Moses Carey Jr. called July employment growth in many of the N.C. counties “modest.”

  • July home sales up over last year but down from June

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 204 homes during July, up from 195 last year but down from 214 last month, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors’ latest report.

    The average price of a home sold increased over last year, from $233,847 to $248,832, the NCAR report states.

    Local Realtors say they are seeing a better summer than winter and are looking forward to the market rebounding.

  • Convicted murderer sentenced to life to be considered for parole

    A little more than 24 years ago, James Roger Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder. He was sentenced to life in prison.

    But, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission, Stamper could be paroled if he completes the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

    Stamper was convicted of second-degree murder in July 1985 for a February 1985 murder where he stabbed the victim 12 times, according to the North Carolina Department of Corrections. The murder took place on 38th Street in what was then Long Beach.

  • Be prepared for hurricanes and tropical storms

    Just in case a tropical storm or hurricane approaches our area, it would be nice to be prepared. This is a keeper to put on your refrigerator door for tips on how to deal with things…

    After the storm

  • DA clears deputy in fatal shooting

    District Attorney Rex Gore has cleared Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputy Bradley Hardee in the Sept. 6 fatal shooting of 49-year-old Alton Walters.

    “Based on the facts as presented and the law relating to an officer’s right to use deadly force, I am satisfied that Deputy Hardee acted within the constraints of the law,” Gore said in a press release.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said Bradley Hardee, who has been with the sheriff’s office since April 2007, remains on paid administrative duty.

  • North Carolina ACT average higher than nation

    On average, North Carolina students scored higher than other ACT test-takers across the nation.

    Out if a possible score of 36, students in the Tar Heel state averaged a composite score of 21.6, slightly above the national average of 21.1 during the 2009 testing season.

    Of the four subject areas, North Carolina students scored the highest in math, averaging a 22. Other subject areas included a 21.9 average in reading, 21.1 in science, and 20.9 in English.

  • Council approves pursuit of property purchase for park in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Mayor Ronald Klein cast a tie-breaking vote Monday to enable the town to proceed with negotiations to buy a five-acre waterway site for a future park with an asking price of $5.5 million.

    Following lengthy discussion and debate, town councilmen Len Steiner and Bob Bobinski voted in favor of the measure while councilmen Lou DeVita and Wilson Sherrill voted against it.