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Today's News

  • Iler sworn in, appointed to Stiller's committees

    Frank Iler of Oak Island has been sworn into office as the newest member of the N.C. House of Representatives. He has begun his first full week in former Rep. Bonner Stiller’s District 17 seat.

    Last Tuesday, the Brunswick County Republican Party’s executive committee selected Iler to fill out Stiller’s unexpired term. The following day, he was expected to be sworn in, but the ceremony was delayed until Thursday due to clerical issues.

  • Volunteer project wins national award

    What began as an idea less than three years ago has evolved into an award-winning program that has given computers to about 400 students in Brunswick County.

    In the fall of 2006, Brunswick County Volunteer Center Director Jayne Mathews approached county commissioners about an idea for a program to give rehabilitated computers to students at Brunswick County’s middle and high schools.

  • Rescue squads respond to water rescue

    Around 1 p.m. Sunday, June 21, rescue workers with the Tri-Beach Volunteer Fire Department rescued a 49-year-old woman swimming off the east end of Holden Beach.

    Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said Tri-Beach, Coastline Rescue Squad and Brunswick County EMS responded.

    When Brunswick EMS crews arrived, Tri-Beach rescue workers already had the woman out of the water and were performing CPR, before Brunswick County EMS crews took her to Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Oak Island couple arrested for arson, insurance fraud

    An Oak Island couple’s plan to burn their home for insurance money has gone up in flames after they were arrested and charged with fraud and arson.

    Dewey William Propst, 38, and his wife Amanda Fawn Propst, 27, both of 335 NE 51st St., Oak Island, were arrested last week on several felony charges, including arson, insurance fraud and conspiracy.

  • Summer tourist season slow but improving; TDA approves new budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved its $1.02 million budget for 2009-2010 and plans to OK additional funds to print more visitors’ guides within the next few months to keep up with demand.

    Calls to the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority seeking visitors’ guides have increased over the past couple of months, TDA Executive Director Mitzi York told authority members Tuesday after they approved the budget.

  • Calabash OKs letter of intent for land exchange agreement with fire department

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have unanimously approved a letter of intent for a property exchange agreement with the Calabash Fire Department.

    The agreement hinges on whether a federal stimulus grant is awarded to build a new central fire station.

    The vote came at a specially called meeting Monday.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge and former fire chief Karl Bennett outlined conceptual drawings for a new station planned for location on town-owned property on Persimmon Road next to the town maintenance building.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve budget 4-1

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a balanced $1,422,798 budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no tax increase.

    Approval came following a June 2 budget hearing.

    The town tax rate remains the same at 8 cents per $100 valuation.

    “The bottom line is it didn’t change,” town clerk Lisa Anglin said following the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting.

    The budget is down slightly, about 4 percent less than the current fiscal budget of $1,475,844 adopted last year.

    The new budget year takes effect July 1.

  • N.C. 179 at new bridge targeted for re-opening by Fourth of July

    Bridge work on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach is nearing completion and may be finished by the Fourth of July, an NCDOT official said Monday.

    David Candela, project engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the contractor is paving the north side of the road leading to the newly built bridge at Jennies Branch, then will add curbing and guardrails.

    Paving and guardrail installation will follow next on the south or Ocean Isle side of the new bridge.

  • Heart-stealer as big as Texas

    A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • Looking through those lumps of coal: Not-so-great crape myrtles

    I’ve loved crape myrtles since I ran over my mother’s tiny William Toovey with the lawn mower back in 1969. Forty years later, that plant is a gorgeous, 15-foot by 15-foot specimen. It’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.

    But every group of plants that includes so many diamonds always has some lumps of coal–—poorly adapted for many reasons. Here are some selections of crape myrtle you should avoid.