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Today's News

  • Learning lessons about starting your own home garden

    For most of my career with Cooperative Extension, there has been little interest in home vegetable gardening. Sure, the hardcore gentlemen farmers kept on growing southern favorites like collards and okra along with mega-popular commodities like tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, but the rest of the crowd preferred their veggies in microwave-safe plastic pouches with the likeness of the Jolly Green Giant boldly displayed.

  • Here are some home gardening tips for the month of July

    Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we having been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital.

    Here are a few things to do and to be looking for at this time of year:

  • Taking the bite out of the bugs: Mosquito control, part I

    As the summer season approaches, we hope the mosquito problem will go away; however, with the threat of the West Nile Virus, it behooves each of us to do what we can to help eliminate as many mosquitoes as possible.

    At this time, there has not been a confirmed case of the virus in North Carolina. As a precaution, the next two articles will examine mosquito control around the home and community.

    Mosquitoes are important pests because their biting activity often interferes with outdoor activities and can transmit disease organisms to people and domestic animals.

  • Bowen-Hamilton

    Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen of Angier announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Suzanne Bowen, to Clarence Wesley Hamilton IV of Holden Beach. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hamilton of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Honeycutt of Angier, Ida Ruth Bowen of Erwin and the late Edsel Bowen. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Corn of Burnsville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamilton II.

  • Hoskins-Black

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Cindy Lee Hoskins of Leland and Aaron Talmadge Black of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kathy Hoskins of Byron. She is owner of the Fitness Studio in Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Jack and Clara Black of Primghar, Iowa. He is an estimator for J.P. Russ and Son in Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash.

  • Day-McCray

    Corrine Elizabeth Day of Shallotte and Ronnie Lee McCray of Calabash were married June 6 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Longs, S.C.

    The Rev. Robert L. Fooks Sr. officiated the service.

    The bride is the daughter of Ira L. and Virgie C. Day of Laurel, Del.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by Kaile Turner.

    The groom is the son of Ronnie and Mary Lee McCray of Calabash.

    Cheryl Y. Adams served as matron of honor. Flower girls were Charli Witherspoon and Emmalee Marlowe.

  • Gore

    David and Crystal Gore of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Jaycie Mae Gore, born at 8:45 a.m. May 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Roy, 9.

    Maternal grandparents are Daniel Hewett of Supply, Debra Hollis of Supply and the late Jason Hollis.

    Paternal grandparents are Paul and Donna Gore of Ash.

  • Hewett

    Danielle Landrie and David Hewett of Supply are the parents of a son, Kristopher David Hewett, born at 6:50 p.m. June 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are NeNee Landrie and PaPa Landrie of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Theresa Rhodes of Supply and Mitchel Hewett of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Fran and Pete Hobbs of Connecticut and Evalena and Kilmer Hewett of Supply.

  • Three cups of tea make communication possible

    I am not a tea drinker. I love coffee, the stronger the better. If I am seen drinking tea, it is directly related to my state of health.

    Only illness will drive me to sipping a beverage I consider only one step removed from hot water. For me, hospitality is a shared cup of coffee, perhaps enhanced by a cookie or slice of cake. But, even alone, the “java” suffices.

  • Ash man charged with June 30 murder in Little River, S.C.

    An Ash man has confessed to the June 30 shooting death of a Columbus County man in Little River, S.C.

    Thomas Edward Shipplett, 57, of 2046 Ash Little River Road, is charged with murder and is in the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Conway, S.C. As of Monday, bond for Shipplett had not yet been set, said Sgt. Robert Kegler of the Horry County, S.C., Police Department.

    The victim was identified as Dale McDuffie Hammond, 56, of Cerro Gordo.