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Today's News

  • Beach Plan bill passes in House, Senate

    After four months, multiple drafts and several trips to different House and Senate committees, House Bill 1305 passed in the North Carolina General Assembly last week.

    The bill, which amends the coastal homeowners’ insurance pool known as the Beach Plan, now moves to the governor’s mansion, where it awaits Gov. Bev Perdue’s signature.

    A Perdue spokesperson said Perdue would sign the bill, “in the next couple weeks.”

  • Jupiter makes appearance in early evening sky

    Jupiter is making news with a personal appearance in our early evening sky.

    On July 19, a backyard astronomer was watching Jupiter and noticed a dark cloud at the bottom of it. As Jupiter spun, the cloud moved from the east horizon to center stage for a good view. The sky observer of this story was an avid sky watcher and knew from experience this was an historical event.

  • Weather and pests can cause a case of summer garden doldrums

    Gardens in our hot and wet climate tend to get a bit ragged around the edges. The leaf spots attack; slugs, snails and grasshoppers chew the foliage; weeds fill every possible void. Try not to let it get you down too much, though. The milder, and typically drier, weather of fall is great for lots of plants, so break out of your summer garden doldrums and get busy on some tasks to make the fall even better.

  • Tips to keep your garden healthy in August

    Pruning

    For additional flowering, deadheading some of your favorite flowers now may force them to bloom again in the fall. Light pruning may be performed for most landscape plants except those that you expect to have blooms from next spring such as azaleas. Storm damaged tissue may make it necessary to make heavier pruning cuts than normal to repair broken, leaning or dangerous limbs.

  • Take advantage of the annual soil sampling promotion

    It is again time for the annual soil sampling promotion.

    Now is an excellent time to take soil samples. Submitting samples now results in receiving your analysis in three to four weeks or less rather than submitting in the winter, which will take 8-12 weeks minimum for results to be received.

  • Armakovitch-Locklear

    Crystal Armakovitch and Christopher Locklear of Supply were married July 24. The bride is the daughter of Janice and Chester Moore of Supply. The groom is the son of Chriss and Barbara Locklear of Supply.

    Matron of honor was Eva Cummings. Best man was Rex King.

    The groom is employed at Coastal Carolina Construction.

    Following a honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the couple resides in Supply.

  • Burcham

    Josh and Emily Burcham of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Emma Ann Burcham, born at 9:45 a.m. June 27 at Betty Clemons Wemont Children’s Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are John and Julie Rhodes of Shallotte and Tim and Tammy King of Ohio.

    Paternal grandparents are Kimberly and Bobby Burcham of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Emma Sonborn, Sue Sowers and Donnie Sowers, all of Ohio, Becky and Charlie Ray Singleton Sr. of Bullock and Barbara and Johnnie Ray Gore of Winnabow.

  • Shallotte planners recommend regulation of Internet sweepstakes businesses

    Shallotte town employees are getting more than their share of requests from would-be entrepreneurs seeking to open Internet gaming businesses in town.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, town planner Allen Serkin and alderman John Kinlaw urged board members to recommend regulations for the businesses, including definitions, conditional uses and other restrictions so the town can have a place to start.

  • The gift of years is to grow older gracefully

    It all starts when the first AARP notification arrives. That hallmark of aging puts a new label onto the year 50 at the same time that some proclaim 50 as the new 30.

    Having approached, entered, and long since left that “middle age” marker, I now gasp as media reports identify a 70-year-old as elderly. 70! I have already left that number in the dust and gain both grace and confidence by reminding myself my mother is alive and kicking at 95 and a half.

  • BB&T Jamboree signals start of football

    For high school football fans, the 23rd annual BB&T Football Jamboree on Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington means the start of the football season.

    This scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

    The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase that includes squads from West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools.