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Today's News

  • Be prepared for large patch disease in your lawn

    Large patch is the disease we love to hate most in our lawns in late summer and fall. This fungus has been hanging out all summer waiting for thatch temperatures to drop to around 70 degrees. We should be there right now.

    Check closely for the active disease. If it’s getting started again, apply a fungicide immediately followed by another application in five to six weeks. Products containing triadimefon (Bayleton) work well.

  • Summer is almost over, now it's fall gardening time

    Getting the garden soil tilled, fertilized and ready for planting of fall vegetables can be a rather tiresome job, especially with outside temperatures higher than 90 degrees. Undoubtedly, most people would find it more comfortable under an air conditioner, but maximum results from gardening efforts are not always achieved under the most ideal working conditions.

  • Register now; vote early

    To the editor: With this election turning out to be one of the most important in history, I urge each person eligible to vote to do so. Change cannot occur without you.

    If you are not registered to vote and are eligible, being 18 years of age on or before Nov. 4, 2008—please register now. The deadline to register is on or before 5 p.m. Oct. 10.

    In North Carolina you cannot register to vote and then vote on the same day. You may register at the Brunswick County Board of Elections at the Government Center, Building F in Bolivia.

  • They Love Lucy at Silver Coast Winery

    GRISSETTOWN—Contestants who resembled Lucille Ball or at least had red hair (natural or not) turned out before a cheering crowd last Saturday at Silver Coast Winery’s Purple Feet Festival and Grape Stomp.

    Eight women sporting crimson tresses and peasant attire performed their best impersonations and mashed grapes with their feet in a wooden vat in the festival’s seventh annual Lucy Look-A-Like contest.

  • Dean files lawsuit against school system

    Editor's note: In the print version of this story, it reads Williams' demand from the board of education is $10 million. This information came directly from the U.S. District Court docket for Williams' lawsuit. Williams' attorney, Romallus O. Murphy, says this is incorrect. Williams is seeking undisclosed damages in excess of $10,000.

    A Brunswick County Schools employee has sued the Brunswick County Board of Education, claiming her civil rights were violated.

  • Babson inspired by Palin's speech, holds her own with reporter from Comedy Central

    Even her run-in with a correspondent from “The Daily Show,” didn’t detract from Brunswick County Board of Education member Shirley Babson’s enjoyment of the Republican National Convention in Minnesota earlier this month.

    Babson, a lifelong Republican activist and school board member since 2000, said vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s speech was the highlight of the event and served to invigorate the party.

  • Wreck on N.C. 87 leaves one dead

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday, Sept. 9, when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road. She failed to yield and turned into the path of an oncoming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit.

    Harden was taken to Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport where she died, Holmes said.

  • County nixes availability fees

    BOLIVIA—County residents who have opted not to hook onto the county’s water lines will no longer be charged a fee just because the water is there.

    With commissioners’ approval of the mandatory connection ordinance on Monday night, residents who were paying the $11 per month water availability fee will no longer be required to do so.

  • FEMA, state officials to determine disaster declaration

    State and federal emergency officials have been combing Brunswick County in the wake of Tropical Storm Hanna to determine if the county is eligible for a disaster declaration.

    If total damages left by Hanna top the $12 million mark, the county could receive a disaster declaration, thereby making the county eligible to receive federal funding to pay for damages, emergency services director Randy Thompson said.

  • Local health grades issued

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.