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Today's News

  • Planning board gets refresher course in procedures

    SHALLOTTE—Planning board members want to know how to better perform their duties, and on Tuesday, Penny Tysinger of the Cape Fear Council of Government told them to look at all options when making decisions and always be consistent.

    Tysinger met with board members at town hall during a special workshop to discuss the planning board’s role in the town and its procedures for making decisions.

    “We have several things coming up within next six months, especially the vision plan,” board Chairman Dennis Winters told Tysinger.

  • Tickets on sale for Brunswick Arts Council’s annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces

    Brunswick Arts Council, the nonprofit arts association of Brunswick County is gearing up for its fifth annual Evening of Miniature Masterpieces.

    The gala evening will be on Nov. 22 at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash.

    The event is the Council’s sole fundraiser of the year. Proceeds will provide funding for scholarships, free concerts, literary events, reading programs, dramatic and musical theatre performances, educational programs, artist grants, art symposiums, youth programs, senior programs, in-school activities and more.

  • Corn dogs, curly fries, funnel cakes, turkey legseecan it get any better than this?

    The Festival by the Sea is my chance to eat sinfully, at least one day a year.

    Elephant ears, funnel cakes and lemon shakeups! It has been years since I have eaten an elephant ear, but those were always my favorite. I usually get at least a lemon shakeup every year at the festival. And, if there is a vendor selling deep-fried candy bars, I may have to try one…though the call of the funnel cake is strong.

    How do you make Sloppy Joe’s on a stick? Oh, never mind, I probably don’t want to know!

  • How-to manipulate irrigation systems for the fall

    Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally arrived. We don’t have to mow as much because the grass is slowing down. Trees and shrubs are losing their leaves and getting prepared for the winter dormant period and sports fans are enjoying baseball’s grand finale—the World Series.

    Somewhere between watching the boys of October and trying to figure out the craziness that is the Bowl Championship Series, you need to give your irrigation system a bit of attention.

  • When things stop growing, gardens still need attention

    Fall is the time when the sun drops low in the sky and shadows grow long. Although the garden seems to be shutting down for the winter, it’s really time to prepare for next year’s garden by paying attention to garden sanitation and soil. The following is a list of tasks you might need to perform soon:

    Pest Control

  • Christmas and Lenten roses brighten winter landscapes

    Christmas roses, as well as Lenten roses, can bring blooms to our winter landscape. These perennials are hellebores, an old-fashioned plant enjoying renewed interest. They are not roses at all, but belong to the buttercup family. They thrive in alkaline soil but tolerate acidic soils as well. They should be planted in partly shaded to shady sites.

    There are several types of hellebores, but the two most common are H. niger and H. orientalis.

  • Why can’t a woman be more like a man?

    Professor Higgins of “My Fair Lady” fame posed the question: “Why can’t a woman be more like a man?”

    He did so because he was confused and confounded by the perceived vagaries of his female pupil, a young woman whose differences were becoming more intriguing and attractive than he wished to admit.

    The query was rhetorical. He scarcely wished his colleague Pickering to respond logically, or even to respond at all. He asked Mrs. Pearce the same question, with the same motivation. Poor Higgins!

  • Spooky events for the entire family this Halloween season

    Looking for something scary to do this Halloween season? Whether you’re a child who wants to dress up and seek out candy, or you’re an adult looking for something to raise the hairs on the back of your neck, this region has plenty of things to do during the creepiest month of the year.

  • ‘The Catch’ resonates years later

    What will be the defining moment in the 2008 World Series?

    What play will be written about this month and rewritten about in the following years?

    What video clip will be included in the history of World Series highlights?

    Baseball fans have their favorite moments from the World Series, and one fan gave me two books that include his highlight from the 1955 World Series.

  • OIB runner among winners in Oyster Festival races

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— In the rain Saturday morning, Ocean Isle Beach resident Margaret Coleman won the women’s 5-kilometer run in the Oyster Festival Road Race.

    Coleman, 19, finished in 22 minutes, 52 seconds and was 17th overall. Brooke Penegar, 12, of Lancaster, S.C., was the second-fastest woman (18th in 22:59) and Randi Sheppard, 19, of Wilmington, was the third fastest (22nd in 24:10).

    Dwight Jacobs won the 10-kilometer Oyster Festival Road Race. Jacobs, a 47-year-old Greensboro resident, finished the 6.2-mile race in 36 minutes, 7 seconds.