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Today's News

  • WebQuery online for new schools' district lines

    WebQuery, an online program to help determine what school students are eligible to attend, is updated with Town Creek Elementary School and Cedar Grove Middle Schools' newly approved district lines and live on the Brunswick County Schools' Web site.

  • Some 40,000 BEMC customers lose power Thursday morning

    The southern half of Brunswick County experienced a power outage Thursday morning. About 40,000 Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation customers were without power for about two hours.

    According to BEMC, the outage spanned from N.C. 211 south to Calabash. It started around 6:30 a.m., and most power was restored by around 8:30 a.m.

    The outage originated at the Prospect Transmission Substation in Supply and affected about eleven distribution substations.

  • Wilma 'n' Fred

    Wilma, right, is a 1-year-old brown tabby with beautiful orange eyes who has been at Cat Tails for quite a while awaiting a new home. She has a brother named Fred. Wilma is playful, loves attention and gets along well with other cats and people except she would not do well in a home with small children. To see her and her brother, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Wilma and Fred, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • A Harley rally here could be a big boost to the local economy

    The thought of a lot of noise—roaring engines—and traffic congestion may have filled some people’s minds when the Beacon announced last week Shallotte was being considered for an upcoming Harley rally.

    At a Shallotte pre-agenda meeting last Tuesday night, Rick Noyes, owner of the new Coastal Carolina Harley Davidson store on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, asked the town if it would support his attempts to bring the Harley Davidson Spring Beach Rally to town the week of May 10-17.

    It has since been announced the event will be in New Bern.

  • Which turfgrass is best for local lawns? It depends

    Even though the temperatures are still a bit on the chilly side, I know spring is almost here. That’s because I’ve seen the “Amazoy” advertisement in the Sunday newspaper. This supposedly amazing grass is just Meyer zoysia—a selection that’s been around since the 1950s. While it makes a pretty nice lawn, “amazing” is a stretch.

    This slow-spreading grass did get the wheels in my head turning about that oft-asked question: “Which turfgrass is the best for our lawns?”

  • Timing and species are key when fertilizing plants

    I recently had a student from an elementary school ask a question that many people need to know the answer to.

    “Should we be fertilizing our plants now?”

    That is a very good question. There are many situations where growing plants require additional fertilizers to be applied. A fertilizer is a nutrient that can be applied to plants to help them grow better. A plant could possibly grow without adding any nutrients but it may not grow as well or as vigorous as one provided with a nutrient from a fertilizer.

  • Winter's last cool days: Now is the time to prepare the garden for spring

    During these cool days of winter, take time to prepare for spring. Get your soil tested and avoid the spring rush and keep compost turned and watered.

    The garden soil population of over-wintering insects can be reduced by turning soil and exposing the slumbering plant-eaters to the cold weather. Feed and water birds during the winter; they are a gardener’s friend and they will love the insects from the garden when the soil is turned over.

  • Migrating robins know importance of food for the journey

    I am sitting in my home office, gazing into space. It’s one of those times when the day was filled with all kinds of irritations and annoyances.

    There were bits of good news interspersed with the sudden death of a friend who had come through dangerous surgery successfully only to succumb to a massive stroke. So, I had been riding a rollercoaster of emotions for a number of hours.

    Serious questions about life and death meandered in and out of my mind. My natural optimism was subject to erosion. I was trying hard to keep a balanced attitude.

  • New league a better fit for West

    This spring is the final season for West Brunswick High School in the Mideastern 3-A/4-A Conference, and apparently few in this area will be upset to see the conference disband as the result of realignments by the North Carolina High School Athletic Association.

    The basketball season was a perfect example of the disparity that left West’s teams at a disadvantage while competing with the larger 4-A schools in Wilmington or the 3-A schools in Jacksonville. West’s boys’ finished 1-11 in the conference; West’s girls, 2-10.

    Rivalries were nonexistent.

  • South advances to regionals

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The South Brunswick Cougars got over being nervous and won a sectional basketball championship on their home court Friday night, beating Fairmont 59-45.

    The victory advanced South to the Class AA Eastern Regional at East Carolina University, where the Cougars (24-5) will play Pittsboro Northwood (18-5) at 7 p.m. Thursday. The winner plays either East Duplin (21-5) or Burlington Cummings (21-6) at 5 p.m. Saturday for the regional title and the right to play for the state championship.