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Today's News

  • Progress Energy selected for $200 million Smart Grid grant

    The U.S. Department of Energy has accepted Progress Energy’s $200 million Smart Grid grant application, as part of the federal stimulus package.

    The $200 million grant application proposes to use grant funds, combined with $320 million in matching dollars from Progress Energy, for several system and equipment upgrades in the Carolinas and Florida.

    The goal is to control voltage levels and facilitate a more efficient flow of electricity across power lines, according to a news release.

  • Tinkerbells with paint brushes? Why trees change color in the fall

    Autumn sparkles with golden yellows and vibrant reds as our deciduous trees settle in for their winter nap.

    People from across the globe make the pilgrimage to New England, the upper Midwest and even the mountains of North Carolina to enjoy nature’s spectacle.

  • Are you wondering about wasp wanderings and cool weather?

    The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us but it can be accompanied by some unwelcome insect visitors.

    Polistes or paper wasp colonies are beginning to die out and so some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually) along with next year’s crop of queens are likely to start bailing out of nests.

  • Bozeman-Dixon

    Pamela W. Dew and husband Christopher of Ocean Isle Beach and Gary L. Bozeman of Shallotte announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise A. Bozeman, to Jeremy C. Dixon, son of Donni Dixon of Alcolu, S.C., and Terry C. Dixon of New Bern. A July 10, 2010, wedding is planned at Abilena Plantation on the Neuse River in New Bern.

  • McRoberts-Otto

    Mr. and Mrs. Jack McRoberts of Ocean Isle Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Helene McRoberts, to Darren Michael Otto, both of Charlotte. A May wedding is planned.

  • Does religion 'sell' itself to generation Y?

    I was in a gloomy mood, alerting my husband to the fact I really did not want to view anything that engaged my brain and ready to succumb only to mind-numbing television programs. But the set was tuned to Book TV and I got hooked on a program featuring Dr. Kit Yarrow and her recently published book, “GenBuy.” What I learned gave me pause, to say the least.

  • Shallotte Park going to the dogs; commissioners OK Bark Park at Shallotte Park

    If you build it, the dogs will come.

    At least that’s what Brunswick County Parks and Recreation officials and local canine organizations say about the future Bark Park at Shallotte Park.

    At their Nov. 2 meeting, county commissioners OK’d moving forward with converting a section of the county-run Shallotte Park to a dog park.

  • Commissioners approve Lockwood Folly no wake zone

    BOLIVIA—Boaters along the Lockwood Folly River may soon have to slow down.

    At their Nov. 2 meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners approved four no wake zones along the Lockwood Folly River.

    The commissioners’ request now goes to the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission for final approval, county attorney Huey Marshall said. Commissioners were petitioned by residents along the Lockwood Folly River, mainly waterfront property owners in Winding River.

  • Sign theft continues struggles between St. James, neighbors

    ST. JAMES—Last month, the town clerk took down signs protesting St. James’ decision to annex property along Midway Road.

    Now the protestors who put the signs up—property owners in the area to be annexed—have pressed charges as they continue their legal battle over what they say is “taking away our private property rights.”

    According to a sheriff’s office report, three signs belonging to Midway Corner Group were found at town hall in clerk Josann Campanello’s possession.

  • Substitutes play well in victory

    Just about everything that could go wrong before a football game did go wrong for West Brunswick coach Jimmy Fletcher on Friday.

    Hours before his team was to leave Shallotte to travel to Tabor City to play South Columbus in the final game of the regular season—and with playoff seedings at stake—Fletcher was scrambling to fill gaps in his offensive line.

    Three starters on the five-man front were unable to play because of illness or injury.