Today's News

  • Annexation bill passes House, moves to Senate

    The N.C. House of Representatives has approved the third reading of a bill that would allow property owners to force a referendum for pending involuntary annexations.

    The bill now goes to the Senate, but at least one representative says it’s going to be a hard fight there.

    House Bill 524 passed its third and final vote last Thursday and includes a provision for town residents or residents of the area to be annexed to petition for a referendum as well as a requirement for the town to provide services to the annexed area.

  • Distemper halts dog adoptions at Brunswick County shelter

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Animal Services is continuing to suspend dog adoptions after more cases of distemper were confirmed earlier this month.

    Two weeks ago, two dogs at the shelter developed a respiratory illness. Laboratory results confirmed the cause of the illness to be distemper.

    Canine distemper is caused by a virus that is a highly contagious disease of wild and domestic carnivores.

  • Why is the moon a moon and not considered a planet?

    The moon has fascinated humanity since our creation. Since it is such a beautiful object in the sky, how could it not captivate one’s attention? We watch the moon as it waxes and wanes during the month as the sunlight travels across its face, illuminating its splendor.

    As a child, I remember the first time looking through a telescope to view the moon. I was amazed how much detail was visible in the eyepiece of my telescope. The moon was full and I could see mountains along the edge. It was not just a round orb but also a complex object full of features.

  • 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.