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  • Federal grand jury reviews Easley's, family's travel records

    The same day a federal grand jury convened in Raleigh to scrutinize former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley’s travel records, Gov. Bev Perdue implemented a new policy for maintaining travel records.

    On May 20, when a federal grand jury assembled at the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh to review travel records subpoenaed through the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perdue ordered the state departments of Crime Control and Public Safety and Highway Patrol to implement new required travel records retention for security details assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor.

  • Botanical garden sights: Plants put on a daily show at Brunswick Botanical Gardens

    One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • Cooler temperatures bring pests to the local landscape

    The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • Fruits and foliage may be dinner; beware of the Japanese beetle: Part I

    As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series:

  • Sands-Farmer

    Stefanie Jean Sands and John Andrew Farmer of Charlotte were married April 25 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Sands of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Mildred Noblett of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Johnny and Joy Farmer of Chesterfield, S.C.

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

  • Being prepared is half the battle during anxious times

    It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.

  • Kindergarten teacher arrested on drug charges

    A kindergarten teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary School has been arrested on six drug related charges.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Candice Brooke Smith, of Apt. 3007 Royal Poste Rd., Sunset Beach, was arrested Monday on the following charges: one count of possession of drug paraphernalia; one count of possession of schedule II controlled substance; two counts of conspire to sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance; and two counts of obtain controlled substance by fraud/forgery.

  • Future of Calabash Fire Department on neighboring towns' agendas

    CALABASH—A possible joint venture between the towns of Calabash and Carolina Shores for future operation of the Calabash Fire Department is still being mulled by the individual towns.

    Though town leaders in both towns have yet to formally come to a mutual discussion or negotiation table, they convened at a meeting last month to learn more about what an interlocal agreement would entail.

  • Calabash bestows first Beautiful Yard awards

    CALABASH—The loveliest landscapes in the seafood capital have finally been unveiled, as have a few landscaping secrets.

    Last week, Mayor Anthony Clemmons bestowed awards to four winners in the town’s first Beautiful Yard Contest.

    First place went to Randy Wilson’s freshly groomed yard fronting Beach Drive in downtown Calabash.

    Wilson, a Calabash native, says his outdoor living area surrounded by potted plants, hanging baskets and statuary is an example of the type of yard that doesn’t involve a lot of ground plantings.

  • Brunswick County receives hurricane grant, plans large-scale ‘disaster’

    On the morning of Saturday, July 11, a major training exercise will unfold in Shallotte, complete with a few homes being destroyed.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services was recently awarded a hurricane grant, and director Randy Thompson said they’re putting the money toward training for a large-scale disaster.

    To do so, they’ll create the disaster.

    “We’ve actually got a few homes we’re going to destroy,” Thompson said.

    The grant included money to lease the property on which the homes will be destroyed.