Today's News

  • Organic gardening takes more time, effort and forethought

    We have received several questions about organic gardening. Following are some thoughts on the subject.
    Home gardeners who want to try their hand at growing organic vegetables should lower their expectations just a little and be prepared to put in more sweat equity.
    Plan ahead
    Growing organic vegetables takes extra planning. If you use organic fertilizer sources or organic soil amendments, these need to be tilled into the garden well in advance to be effective. Ideally, this process should begin in the fall prior to spring planting.

  • Now spring weather is here, it’s time for garden rehab

    Last week’s summer-like temperatures helped our shrubs and flowers catch up a bit after lingering a couple of weeks behind the usual blooming times.
    Now, with more seasonal temperatures, we should be able to enjoy all of the spring color before the hot times arrive. Get out and enjoy all of the azaleas, flowering dogwoods, crabapples, cherries, wisterias and the fresh and colorful new growth of Japanese maples.

  • Empanadas, as an appetizer or main course, are flavorful and filling

    If you’ve never tried an empanada, you’re in for a real treat. Similar to Cornish pasties, Italian calzone, Polish pierogies and turnovers, these Latin American pastries have become extremely popular.

  • Camera Club to meet April 15

    The April 15 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club (CCCC) will host a discussion of sports photography with speakers from the Pelicans Baseball team of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
    Julie Borshak, director of community relations, will share her expertise in candid sports photography and her experiences in taking candid photos of the Pelicans players. She is an avid baseball fan and is in her third season with the organization.

  • BCC Foundation forms Women in Philanthropy and leadership group

    Brunswick Community College Foundation kicked off its first Women in Philanthropy and Leadership meeting on Thursday, March 4, at Farmstead Golf Club.
    Dr. Debbie Conner of Coastal Carolina University was the featured guest speaker. Conner shared her vision and passion for this mission to more than 30 women in attendance.
    Women in Philanthropy is an organization dedicated to revolutionizing the way women give by transforming charitable contributions into philanthropic investments in the community.

  • Brunswick ROCAME announces 2010 Jamboree results

    ROCAME had its annual Brunswick County jamboree on March 27 at North Brunswick High School.
    Four middle schools and three high schools (more than 125 students, teachers and parents) participated in the math and science events.
    Winners of middle school events were as follows:
    Write It Do It: First place for Daysha McNeil and Rodaishia January (Leland Middle School), second place (tie) for Taelen Wilson and Rosie Torres (Waccamaw School), and Kyasiah Miller and Maunda Grissett (Cedar Grove Middle).

  • Do we want to spend our lives ‘Up in the Air?’

    Oscar night is long over. The subsequent days and nights agonizing over who should have won and didn’t, which outfits were outrageous and which were breathtaking, the back-stabbing and Monday morning quarterbacking have all been relegated to a distant past. All questions and comments will likely be resurrected next year.
    Now is the time for me to view the work of the contenders and to offer my own review and/or appraisal.

  • Shallotte approves permit for second Harley Davidson rally

    Beach House Harley Davidson on U.S. 17 is planning its second spring bike rally for May 7-16 on the field adjacent to the store.
    At last week’s town board meeting, Shallotte aldermen approved a temporary use permit for the festival. Beach House owner Rick Noyes requested the permit and proclaimed attendance at last year’s event better than he expected.

  • Shallotte planning board recommends approval of new parking, sidewalk regs

    The Shallotte Planning Board has recommended the board of aldermen add new parking, driveway and sidewalk requirements to the unified development ordinance, taking the first steps toward implementing recommendations in the town’s vision plan.

    Planning director Allen Serkin recommended the changes at Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, explaining they came out of discussions at the recent board of aldermen retreat.

  • Locals to participate in green jobs summit

    OAK ISLAND— To Kim Jones, green energy is more than just a catchy slogan or pipe dream.

    Jones is a Brunswick Community College science instructor who now has a second job: running “Alganomics,” a business dedicated to growing algae to obtain oil for use in biodiesel fuel.

    She has a three-year lease with the Town of Oak Island to work with their re-used wastewater to grow algae and extract the oil for use as feedstock for biodiesel.

    “That’s the No. 1 obstacle to biodiesel, getting the feedstock,” Jones said.