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Today's News

  • Governor signs bill banning smoking in restaurants/bars

    Beginning next year, smokers will have to go outside to smoke when dining out or going out for a drink.

    Gov. Bev Perdue on Tuesday signed a bill that would eliminate smoking in all restaurants and bars in the state as well as state government buildings.

    Last week, the N.C. House voted to concur with the Senate version of the original House bill, “Prohibit Smoking in Certain Public Places,” banning smoking in restaurants and bars but stopped short of prohibiting it in all workplaces, as was originally proposed.

  • Investigation into wreck continues

    No charges have been filed in the May 7 wreck that killed two West Brunswick High School students and injured three others.

    According to Sgt. T.T. Daniels of the N.C. Highway Patrol, Joseph Moreno, 17, was driving east on Royal Oak Road around 11:30 p.m. May 7, when he crossed the centerline, overcorrected and lost control of the vehicle. The vehicle then hit a ditch and overturned several times.

    Jacob Moseley died that night. Caleb Hawkins died Wednesday, May 13, after being listed in critical condition for nearly a week at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

  • Family, friends remember WBHS students killed in wreck

    SHALLOTTE—Family and friends of Jake Moseley and Caleb Hawkins, two West Brunswick High School students who died as the result of a fatal car crash earlier this month, gathered last week for a night of remembrance at First Baptist Church in Shallotte.

    Siblings, classmates and friends all shared their favorite memories of the two boys, who were best remembered as fun-loving, kind-hearted people who left a lasting impression on everyone who knew them.

  • Star finding exercise: Look for bears with long tails high in the sky

    Have you ever seen a bear with a long tail? You have if you look at the Big Dipper in the sky.

    The stars that make up the Big Dipper include three stars for a handle and four stars for the bowl. These seven stars were known by most civilizations as the Great Bear, or you could say momma bear.

  • Crowds turn out for garden tour and tea party

    Beautiful weather and beautiful gardens brought out more than 400 visitors to The Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour and Tea Party at Winding River Plantation on Saturday, April 25.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Coastal Garden Club and the Winding River Garden Club, featured 13 Winding River gardens, providing members and visitors with a chance to see how homeowners met gardening site challenges.

  • Cooking a beef eye of round is as simple as 1-2-3: Pre-heat, season and roast

    Have you ever brought home a cut of meat and wondered, “How am I going to cook this?” The occasion arose a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and she and my wife went grocery shopping. They came home with, among other things, a beef eye of round and asked me if I could make it that evening for supper. Not wanting to let them know I had no idea what to do with it, I assured them it would be no problem.

  • Making a garden appealing to birds

    Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit situation comedy would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s “for the birds.”

  • Tips for being a steward of the environment

    Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides. When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

  • Maintain your cool around a bunch of bees

    Busy bees keeping you busy?

    We have had some recent cold weather for this time of year and that may cause honeybees to seek out a new space to accommodate them. In the early spring, honeybee colonies may become overcrowded and then the bees send out a pheromone scent to alert the colony they need to move to another location. Unfortunately, they may end up somewhere inside your house or they may swarm to a nearby tree or shrub waiting for the scout bees to tell them where their next home will be.

  • Hopkinses celebrate 50 years

    Upon their return from a 16-day cruise to Europe, Florence and Bob Hopkins of Shallotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 9 with a renewal of their vows at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.