Today's News

  • Carolina shores P&Z board recommends changes in stormwater rules

    CAROLINA SHORES—A paragraph-long rule about homeowner stormwater maintenance is being recommended for replacement by more detailed rules in a recently approved resolution.

    Monday, the town planning and zoning board voted to repeal the old ordinance and replace it with a new policy outlined in a resolution approved Oct. 8 by the town board of commissioners.

    The recommended replacement amendment draws on the resolution addressing the town’s involvement in maintenance of roadside ditches and swales.

  • Municipal elections set for Tuesday in Brunswick County

    Voters in all 19 municipalities in Brunswick County will turn out next Tuesday, Nov. 3, for elections in their respective towns.

    Polls will be open from 6:30 a.m.-7:30 p.m.

    Early, one-stop voting continues from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. through this Friday, Oct. 30, and from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 31, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office, Building F at 10 Referendum Drive in Bolivia.

    Absentee ballots are due at the board of elections office by 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2. The last day to request an absentee ballot was this past Tuesday, Oct. 27.

  • Tracking H1N1: Brunswick County woman dies of H1N1 complications

    A Brunswick County woman died last week from complications of the H1N1 influenza.

    Brunswick County Deputy Health Director Fred Michael said the Brunswick County woman died after doctors delivered her baby at Duke University Medical Center in Durham.

    Michael said he did not know the specifics surrounding the woman’s death, because her death was reported to health officials in Durham rather than Brunswick County, but confirmed it was due to complications of H1N1.

  • Home sales increase, affect other parts of the economy

    Brunswick County agents sold 209 homes in September, up from 170 homes last September but down from 213 sold in August, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors.

    Realtor Mary Ann Bechtel, who owns her own company in Ocean Isle Beach, said her office has been “extremely busy” since the end of July. She said her customers are mainly people seeking primary residences.

    “People are beginning to sell their homes in other parts of the country. Isn’t that good news?” Bechtel said.

  • 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.