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Today's News

  • A great plant success story: Encore performance for evergreen azaleas

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-three selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the forms and flower colors.

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Dealing with the 'dog days' of summer; avoid the heat

    The primary tip for this month is to avoid the heat. There will be better temperatures for gardening someday. The same 95-degree temperature you tolerate one day can give you heat exhaustion on another day; or more likely, the same temperature you tolerated as a kid can lay you out as an older adult.

    A headache and an upset stomach could be warning signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can be reversed if you cool off and rest.

  • Centipedegrass horrors Part II: Integrated disease management

    Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on Large Patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus.

    To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of a nitrogen fertilizer at four to eight week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations.

  • Reeves-Rowley

    Casey Elizabeth Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach and Bryan Scott Rowley of Southport were married July 12 on the Southport Waterfront.

    The bride is the daughter of Peggy and David Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Joseph Taylor Stanley.

    The bride’s niece, Brianna Leonard, served as flower girl.

    The groom is the son of Connie and Mike Rowley of Supply.

    His son, Bryce Edward Rowley, served as best man.

  • Vanover-Campbell

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Hailee Nicole Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and Jeffrey Lynn Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The bride-elect is the daughter of Lee and Lisa Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Mickey and Vivan Smith of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Eva and Alan Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The couple was engaged on Holden Beach in June and will also spend their honeymoon at Holden Beach.

  • Abel-Hines

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Kernette Abel of Ash and Steven Clayton Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Ann Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Shepherds Assembly Church in Shallotte.

  • There is a subliminal message left by the 'Last Samurai'

    It was an action movie replete with the usual, and I suspect requisite, murder, mayhem and deleterious mischief. Released in 2005, I had not seen it until my visiting grandchildren borrowed the video from a friend. After their departure, I decided to give myself a “movie afternoon”—no popcorn—just me and the DVD on my computer.

  • County implements preparedness procedures for possible H1N1 pandemic

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County is getting ready for H1N1.

    Assembled in the county’s emergency operations center last week, representatives from the emergency services, healthcare, public schools and private industry fields discussed the county’s influenza pandemic preparedness plan.

    Randy Thompson, Brunswick County Emergency Services Director, said the county has assembled a preparedness subcommittee within the county’s Local Emergency Preparedness Committee, which includes representatives from various fields within the county.

  • CDC to distribute H1N1 vaccines to health departments in October

    BOLIVIA—When the H1N1 flu vaccines arrive at the county health department in mid-October, it will require a police officer to be there to receive the shipment.

    The vaccine, distributed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will not be available for private sale. Instead, the vaccine will be distributed through local health departments, and only certain people will be eligible for the vaccine.

  • Soles' shooting: Peeling back the layers of self-defense

    The facts made public in the Aug. 23 shooting incident at the home at state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr. are scarce—two men were on Soles’ Tabor City property, one kicked the door and one was shot.

    District Attorney Rex Gore, who provided the Beacon with the information, wouldn’t comment on the facts of the case further, only saying Soles “fired his weapon—it appeared to be twice. The final time it appeared to have hit Kyle Blackburn.”

    Blackburn was taken to Loris (S.C.) Community Hospital.