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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

        By John Nelson

    “The Queen is the only person who can put on a tiara with one hand, while walking down stairs,” attributed to Princess Margaret.

    Sometimes when you go into a forest, you see flowers. Sometimes you see snakes. Sometimes you see both, if you’re lucky.

  • Local produce farms have strawberries ready for pickin’

        Strawberries typically peak during May in the South and in June and July in the North. Local farmers markets in our area now have strawberries ripe for the pickin’.

    If you like to pick your own, be sure to take a couple of plastic buckets with you to load up on the local favorites. My wife and I used to indulge in picking are own strawberries at Holden Brothers Farm Market. In recent years, though, I leave the pickin’ to the younger folks.

     

    Picking strawberries

  • AG shares top consumer complaints for year 2015

    Complaints about telemarketing fraud, unwanted sales calls and lending lead the list of consumer complaints to the Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Division, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced in a news release issued last week.

    “Learning about common sources of consumer complaints can help you avoid pitfalls and save money,” Cooper said in a news release. “My office is here to help North Carolina consumers when you need us, but we’d rather prevent these problems from happening in the first place.”

  • Ratcliffes celebrate 50th anniversary

     

    Howard and Kazuko “Kaz” Ratcliffe of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary April 2. They were married at All Souls Anglican Church in Okinawa (Japan) by the presiding Bishop of Okinawa.

  • Cumbee competes in pageant

     Three-year-old Elizabeth Cumbee, daughter of Billy and Kassie Cumbee of Leland, competed in the N.C. State Miss United States Agriculture Pageant on April 9 in Fayetteville. She won divisional awards for Most Photogenic and Best Sportswear competition themed Red, White and Beautiful. She was also awarded runner-up for the state title but will continue to re-install as Tiny Miss Brunswick County Miss United States Agriculture.

  • Child abuse prevention is still as important as ever

    Nearly five children in the United States die every day as a result of child abuse, according to Childhelp, a national organization dedicated to child abuse prevention. Childhelp’s position, and ours, is any number is too many.

    Brunswick County has not escaped this terrible problem. Just two months ago, a Leland man was charged in an updated indictment related to the death of a 15-month-old boy he is accused of killing last year.

  • Expressions of sympathy ease grief

    You know, I really believed our friend Sarah Sue Ingram would beat the cancer she had.

    Instead, it took her from us last month, barely more than 24 hours after I bought a new batch of silly greeting cards for us to sign and send to her, as she requested after she told us she was sick. It wasn’t much, but it was all she asked of us beyond our prayers and kind thoughts.

  • Sunset Beach restricts sand dune alteration

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council has approved an amendment making it illegal to alter sand dunes except on two conditions.

    Council approved the measure for its Unified Development Ordinance at an April 19 meeting after a lawyer representing developers of Palm Cove on the east end of the island objected.

  • Calabash hops on microbrewery wagon

    CALABASH — Not one but two businessmen have expressed craft brewery aspirations in the Seafood Capital after the town board of commissioners last week approved a zoning change to accommodate such ventures.

    Lowell Puckett of Shallotte, who sought the change unanimously approved at the April 12 town board meeting, hopes to locate a brewery somewhere in town. Another man, Steve Stone of Calabash, said he, too, is interested in launching a local microbrewery.

  • Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll set for Saturday

    Woodsong, a traditional “walking” neighborhood off Village Road in Shallotte, is celebrating spring with its own festival from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 23.

    Woodsong Porch and Art Stroll will feature art, music and food.

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash has invited about 20 local artists and artisans to showcase their work on 11 porches throughout the community off Pender Road. Winners of a recent Brunswick Community College student art competition will exhibit work inside Woodsong’s meeting hall.