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Today's News

  • Garden enthusiast enjoys trying new plants in the botanical garden

    Just like the bottle of laundry detergent that screams “new” when the only thing new is the bottle, plant nerds like me love unfamiliar selections.

    One of the most enjoyable things I get to do is bring new plants to the area and see if they can live up to their billing. We brought back a group of plants from the J.C. Raulston Arboretum in Raleigh a couple of weeks ago and these will be added to the Brunswick Botanical Garden and the New Hanover County Arboretum as soon as they are large enough to withstand the rigors of growing in the garden.

  • More tips to help keep gardens healthy through the last months of summer

    Hot, dry weather favors powdery mildew. It is typically not fatal to woody ornamentals but can make them look bad. To control, spray every 7-14 days as soon as you notice the disease. Bayleton, Banner, Heritage and Daconil have activity against powdery mildew.

    Summer bug invasion

  • Enjoy nature's second bloom in the heat of summer, but exercise caution when working outside

    Extreme heat in southeastern North Carolina has many gardeners seeking relief indoors. This is the time when gardeners must be cautious when working in the heat; however, there are still gardening tasks that must be done. If you can, work outside in the early morning before the heat of the day becomes oppressive. The evening might also be somewhat cool, but you may have to contend with clouds of mosquitoes.

  • Boehm-Hannah

    Allison Marie Boehm and Kyle David Hannah of Richmond, Va., were married May 15 at The Isles Beach Club and Restaurant on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lamar Boulware officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Richard G. Boehm II of Richmond, Va. She is the granddaughter of Manota H. Thompson of Martinsville, Va., and the late John J. Thompson, Mary Boehm Gillam of Ocean Isle Beach, the late Richard G. Boehm and late Ben H. Gillam.

  • Carolina Shores board votes 3-2 to censure mayor

    CAROLINA SHORES—After appointing former Mayor Dan Mann to fill a vacant seat and serve as mayor pro tem, town commissioners voted 3-2 Friday to censure current Mayor Stephen Selby for “inconsistent” behavior.

    The board censored the public by refusing to allow comments at the specially called meeting. An agenda stated no public comment would be allowed and cited a state statute that has no such provision.

    Mann and commissioners Gere Dale and Tom Puls voted for the resolution to censure Selby; commissioners Joseph Przywara and John Russo voted against it.

  • Petches celebrate 50 years

    Family and friends celebrated the 50th wedding anniversary of longtime Brunswick County residents, Richard and Lynn Petch, at their home in Ash on Saturday, May 23. The couple met in high school in Durham and attended Duke University together. They were married May 25, 1959, in Loris, S.C. They owned and operated Farwinds Stables in Calabash for about 35 years. Through Farwinds, the Petches offered horsemanship and riding lessons, summer camps for children, farriers services and care for horses as well as operating a hay farm on the premises.

  • Maier-Gordon

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Amber Maier and Joshua Gordon. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kimberly and Horace Ponds Jr. of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Angela and Ronald Gordon of Shallotte. A Sept. 26 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

  • Russ

    Daniel and Laura Russ of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Haylea Grace Russ, born at 6:08 a.m. July 5 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Joshua, 6.

    Maternal grandparents are Ed and Betty Parbst of Supply. Paternal grandparents are James and Connie Russ of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Great-grandparent is E.V. Gore of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Sharing life experiences, enjoying 'The Boy in Striped Pajamas'

    I am so excited! Our granddaughter is coming to visit, a solo act for two weeks, until her family arrives later in the month.

    This is a first for all of us, so it comes with eagerness, enthusiasm, and a degree of trepidation.

    Papa Jean-O wonders what we will do to entertain a 15-year-old. I caution this is not a vacation but time spent with grandparents whose geographic distance causes them to miss all the events and growth steps.

  • Remains positively identified as Alice Donovan's

    Remains recovered in January off a rural road in Horry County, S.C., have been positively identified as those of a woman who was abducted and brought to Brunswick County in November 2002 by two Kentucky prison escapees.

    The remains—bone fragments and a human skull—have been positively identified as those of Alice Donovan of Galivants Ferry, S.C., Horry County Police Sgt. Robert Kegler said Tuesday.

    Those findings were released last Friday following DNA testing at the University of North Texas, Kegler said.