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Today's News

  • Sea Trail women trick-or-treat for seniors

     SUNSET BEACH—Credit Halloween boredom for spurring four Sea Trail women to charitable action.

    Three Halloweens ago, Linda Blanchette realized her neighborhood had few children or trick-or-treaters, so on a lark she decided to go door-to-door and collect candy from her neighbors in Planter’s Ridge.

  • Services draw a crowd for beloved shellfish man Carson Varnam

     VARNAMTOWN—Carson Varnam was remembered Monday as a faithful family man who made his living from the river, selling shellfish to people who for years came to buy from his stand next to his home on Varnamtown Road.

    Varnam, 76, died last Friday after a long illness.

  • Invite some of your 'ghoulish' friends over for a Halloween party

    My wife and I attended a Halloween dinner years ago prepared by my good friend, Jim Stanley, from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, who continued this tradition for his kids and family until his untimely passing a short time ago.

    Jim explained it’s “not really about the food as much as it is about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”

  • Tips to ensure azaleas do well in Brunswick’s conditions

    As the flowering season for Encore azaleas winds down, it’s time for a performance update.

    I’m in the process of adding all 23 selections to my own garden, but I’m only half way there. The good folks at Flowerwood Nursery in Alabama, who developed the Encore line, were kind enough to donate two of each of the 23 varieties for us to plant in the Brunswick Botanical Garden in the metropolis of Bolivia.

  • Cut back Confederate roses after frost ends flowering season

    Donald Adams of Oak Island has provided much of the information in this article. The Brunswick County Master Gardener volunteers are beholden to him for providing us with information on how to propagate, grow and enjoy the Confederate rose.

    The time is approaching when it is time to take cuttings. I have been asked by several people on when and how to take cuttings. Adams will provide us with that information.

  • Tips for adding color to your fall lawn

    Who says that we don’t have much color change for the fall in our area? Take time to enjoy the cool, fresh, fall days and look around and you will be amazed at how many plants offer a colorful palate of orange, yellow, red and purple hues.

  • These tips can assist you in keeping your sodium intake in check

    Many people think of salt and sodium as being the same thing, but they are not.

    Table salt is 40 percent sodium and 60 percent chloride. It is the sodium portion of salt that is important to people concerned about high blood pressure.

  • What does all this buzz about change really mean?

    If I hear the word change one more time, I think I am going to scream! On the political scene, it has been the buzz for months.

    Each candidate in turn, from national to local, has grabbed the word, held it tightly, and squeezed the life out of it.

    Each has questioned the ability of the other to promote change. Each has tested the validity of change itself. Each has threatened to explore change at the price of stability and pronounced change as the answer to all ills.

    On the cusp of electing a new president, change is electrifying the air.

  • Put your faith in God

    Who’s in control?

    As the school year has started to rage on for me and my friends, it has become painfully obvious time keeps on turning.

    There is always a next deadline, a next sports practice, and rarely is there ever a night with no homework.

    It is no longer about deciding what do to with one’s free time. Instead, life becomes about what subject should be studied first, and when one will actually be able to get some sleep.

  • Shaw wins at BCC with trust

    Walter Shaw should be Coach of the Year every year.

    Winning at least 20 games for four straight years as coach of the Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team merits such an honor.

    But there is another reason he should be admired for what he has done at BCC.

    He wins against incredible odds.

    Consider this: If you’re a high school senior basketball player, would you want to play community college basketball at a school that has no gym? Would you want to play basketball at a school that offers no scholarships?