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Today's News

  • No flu cases reported yet; shots still available

    No cases of influenza have yet been reported in North Carolina, Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said this week.

    The number of flu vaccines administered by the Brunswick County Health Department also has dropped off significantly, though the department has an abundant supply on hand.

    “There’s very little flu activity,” Michael said Monday.

  • SHALLOTTE CRIME REPORT

    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Michelle L. Perkins, 23, of 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 205, Shallotte, with driving while impaired on U.S. 17 near Smith Avenue. She was also cited for having no insurance certificate. She was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center, where her blood alcohol content registered .14.

  • Many foods are prepared on New Year’s Day to bring good luck

    Have you ever tried to eat 12 grapes in 12 seconds? It is a Cuban New Year’s tradition to eat 12 grapes at the stroke of midnight, signifying the last 12 months of the year.

    As New Year’s Day approaches, people around the world will plan for the coming year, eager to get off to the best possible start. Many people will “eat for luck” by planning to eat special foods that, by tradition, are supposed to bring them good luck.

  • Making a few New Year’s resolutions for Brunswick County gardeners

    Last year about this time, we looked at some attainable resolutions for gardeners, including enjoying the garden more and obsessing less, using soil and water samples and not trying to grow turfgrasses in the shade. Here are a few suggestions for garden resolutions for 2009:

    If having a great looking lawn is high on your priority list, resolve to figure out what should be done and do it in a timely manner. The warm-season grasses we grow are different from cool-season grasses like tall fescue and Kentucky bluegrass that are commonly grown in colder climates.

  • How to grow camellias in North Carolina, Part II

    Camellias may be propagated from seed (5-6 years), by cuttings (3 years), by grafting (2-3 years), or by air layering (1 year).

    Camellia blooms will last four to five days when floated in water in a shallow bowl. Most of the shown blooms are treated with gibberellic acid, which forces the flower to be larger and bloom earlier.

    Some recommended varieties for beginning growers are:

    1) Debutante: Light pink, medium bloom in a full peony form.

    2) Alba Plena: White, medium bloom, formal double bloom.

  • Last call for bulbs; effects of cold weather are here

    We are already seeing the effects of early cold temperatures. Daffodils are blooming at the Brunswick Botanical Gardens and in my yard as well.

    Plants become confused when temperatures fluctuate between warm and cold, especially at this time of year. It is nice to see the color but did you really want the bulbs to bloom this early? If you want to delay the flower set for bulbs, you may have to plant them in cooler spots in the landscape or perhaps plant them a little deeper next time.

  • A New Year’s question to resolve: Is ignorance really bliss?

    Ignorance is bliss. I have heard that aphorism ever since I was a child. It provided a safe haven, an excuse, a reason to avoid risk-taking and profound thinking. Other maxims followed in its wake.

    “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” “Don’t ask...don’t tell.” “If you keep silent, no one will know that you don’t know. If you speak, all doubt will be removed.”

  • ‘Stand Up For Charity’ fundraiser set for Saturday at BCC

    Comedian Jon Reep will be the featured headliner in the first “Stand Up For Charity,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Women’s Club set for this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Reep, originally from Hickory, is the 2007 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is also known as “the Hemi guy” in the Dodge commercials.

    The show will also feature two opening acts—Brad Reeder and Brooklin Green.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant bike drive provides bikes to local kids

    For the 12th year, Brunswick Nuclear Plant employees have come together to give back to the community for the holidays through bicycle donations.

    Since its inception, the program has provided more than 1,200 children with bicycles and helmets. The annual bike drive gives employees at the nuclear plant the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child through donating money and time, and this year’s participation rate has been record-breaking.

  • Sweepstakes places back in business

    CALABASH—Monday morning, several patrons were already seated at Internet Café and Sweepstakes to log onto computers and play assorted games.

    Manager A.J. Freeman said business is brisk at the establishment in the Vision Square center, especially in the afternoons.

    She said the business re-opened after shutting down for 10 days.

    Such sweepstakes establishments, where people buy computer time to play games and receive credits, temporarily shut down after a new state law banning them went into effect Dec. 1.