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Today's News

  • Tips for landscaping your yard, part 2

    Last week I mentioned that former extension specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought out, planned garden.

    Steps in the Landscape Design Process

    •Develop a plot plan

    •Conduct a site analysis

    •Assess family needs

    •Locate use areas

    •Design, construct, and plant

  • Gardening in Aprilpreparing an easy-care landscape

    This is the time of year we all start thinking about having the best landscape ever. In my mind, the best landscape ever is beautiful all year long with little care from the gardener. It is time to prepare the beds for new plants as well as last year’s perennials so let’s get a good start toward creating an easy care landscape.

  • Business briefs

    Verity Companies hires Day

    The Verity Companies, based in Ocean Isle Beach, has announced Phil Day has been hired as business development director.

    Day’s career spans more than 35 years, as sales director for the UK and Ireland with Bell Laboratories and AT&T; as managing director for the UK and Scandinavia with MCI; and as managing director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East with Verizon.

  • Local restaurants receive Golden A awards

    The Environmental Health Food and Lodging Section of the Brunswick County Health Department presented the ninth annual Golden A awards to 95 local food establishments recently at a ceremony at the government complex in Bolivia.

    Included in the list are 29 Platinum A awards.

    “We are very pleased that so many food establishments take such great pride in their businesses and the safety of their customers,” said Don Yousey, health director. “It is not easy to receive this award. You have to work very hard.”

  • Bell educates parents on the importance of reading

    Getting children to read is the number one priority for parents, according to Larry Bell.

    Bell presented “The Power of a Parent” workshop at Odell Williamson Auditorium on Wednesday night. During his presentation, he showed parents different ways to help their children exceed in and out of the classroom.

    Reading, Bell said, is the first thing parents should help their children to do, as it is the key to success. As a former educator and basketball coach, Bell said he used to make his players read every day after school if their grade point average was below a B.

  • BCC receives $5,000 in scholarship funds

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation has received $5,000 in scholarship money from a contractor, which is providing the money to five N.C. community colleges as part of the company’s 50th anniversary celebration.

    John S. Clark Company, LLC, is donating $5,000 to Surry Community College, Forsyth Technical Community College, Guilford Technical Community College, Brunswick Community College and Cape Fear Community College, all located in counties where the Mount Airy-based company has offices. Ten students at each school will receive $500 scholarships.

  • Howell to participate in ambassador program

    This summer, she’ll visit seven countries in 20 days — and she’s only 12.

    Shallotte Middle School sixth grader Hannah Howell was selected to participate in the People to People Student Ambassador Program.

    As a part of this program, Howell will travel through Europe this summer, learning about the countries and their cultures.

  • Ward birth

    Aaron S. and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Joseph Liam Ward, born at 10:21 a.m. Feb. 26 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain, Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; Daniel and Mattie Ward, Herbert and May Ward, all of Whiteville.

  • Evans-Frink

    Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply, were married Feb. 14 at Oak Grove Baptist Church, with Pastor J.T. Johnson officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Douglas K. Evans of Shallotte and Violet Andrews of Leland.

    The groom is the son of Lee Vance and Marjoire Lynn Frink of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Maid of honor was Brittany Reeves, the bride’s cousin. Bridesmaid was Kristy B. Marshburn, the bride’s cousin.

  • Keep the inner eye focused on goodness

    Those who know me well also know I love to tease, especially to tease those who are near and dear to me.

    Obviously, my husband is the most frequent recipient of my jesting comments. I exaggerate the effects of his contemplative nature, describing in great detail his many prayer chairs and their many accompanying books. I wonder aloud at the procrastination that emerges from hours spent in pondering rather than in practicality, but all the while, part of me is watching the power of that prayerfulness. I am being impelled to a similar lifestyle, even if I express it differently.