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Today's News

  • CDC recommendations for H1N1 prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself from the H1N1 flu:

    •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    •Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

    •Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

    •Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Health Department to begin seasonal flu vaccines Sept. 1

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will begin administering vaccines for the regular seasonal flu offered each year on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people from the H1N1 flu, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director at the Brunswick County Health Department, said.

    There are no restrictions from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention for seasonal flu vaccines, and anyone can receive the shot.

  • Can Mars ever be as big as a full moon?

    You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”

    Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.

    It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”

  • A great plant success story: Encore performance for evergreen azaleas

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-three selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the forms and flower colors.

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Dealing with the 'dog days' of summer; avoid the heat

    The primary tip for this month is to avoid the heat. There will be better temperatures for gardening someday. The same 95-degree temperature you tolerate one day can give you heat exhaustion on another day; or more likely, the same temperature you tolerated as a kid can lay you out as an older adult.

    A headache and an upset stomach could be warning signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can be reversed if you cool off and rest.

  • Centipedegrass horrors Part II: Integrated disease management

    Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on Large Patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus.

    To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of a nitrogen fertilizer at four to eight week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations.

  • Reeves-Rowley

    Casey Elizabeth Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach and Bryan Scott Rowley of Southport were married July 12 on the Southport Waterfront.

    The bride is the daughter of Peggy and David Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Joseph Taylor Stanley.

    The bride’s niece, Brianna Leonard, served as flower girl.

    The groom is the son of Connie and Mike Rowley of Supply.

    His son, Bryce Edward Rowley, served as best man.

  • Vanover-Campbell

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Hailee Nicole Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and Jeffrey Lynn Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The bride-elect is the daughter of Lee and Lisa Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Mickey and Vivan Smith of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Eva and Alan Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The couple was engaged on Holden Beach in June and will also spend their honeymoon at Holden Beach.

  • Abel-Hines

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Kernette Abel of Ash and Steven Clayton Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Ann Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Shepherds Assembly Church in Shallotte.

  • There is a subliminal message left by the 'Last Samurai'

    It was an action movie replete with the usual, and I suspect requisite, murder, mayhem and deleterious mischief. Released in 2005, I had not seen it until my visiting grandchildren borrowed the video from a friend. After their departure, I decided to give myself a “movie afternoon”—no popcorn—just me and the DVD on my computer.