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Today's News

  • Program targets removal of cigarette butts from the environment

     Keep Brunswick County Beautiful (KBCB) has targeted the town of Oak Island with its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP).

    In this case, the CLPP program is designed to educate beachgoers of the environmental impacts of tossing their butts to the ground versus disposing of cigarette litter properly. KBCB provided freestanding receptacles and ashtrays for proper cigarette butt disposal.

  • Carlisles celebrate 50 years

    Leroy and Frances Patricia Beverly Carlisle of Ash have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 4, 1960. The couple commemorated the occasion May 23 at the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club in Shallotte. Hosting the party were the couple’s children and grandchildren, son Lee Carlisle and wife Dee of Ash, daughter Theresa Carlisle-Smith and husband Steve of Little River, S.C., grandson Joshua Smith and granddaughter Karmen Caroline Smith. Numerous friends and relatives were also in attendance.

  • Spencer-Harding

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Joni Michelle Spencer of Ocean Isle Beach and Lance Harding III of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is a native of Amite County, Miss., and is the daughter of Jesse Lee and Robin Withrow of Wheeling, W.Va., and the late Tammy Jean Stanley. The groom is originally from Lumberton and is the son of Lance Jr. and Jackie Harding of Sunset Beach. A Jan. 22, 2011, wedding is planned in Lumberton.

  • ADA discusses Brunswick cases identified in SBI review

    While an independent review of the N.C. State Bureau of Investigation Forensics Laboratory has SBI officials searching for a new lab director, assistant district attorney Lee Bollinger said his confidence in the SBI lab isn’t shaken.

    The independent review, conducted by Chris Swecker, a North Carolina attorney and former assistant director of the FBI’s Criminal Investigative Division, examined procedures and practices of the forensic lab between January 1987 and January 2003.

  • Veterans assistance set for Oct. 19

     Veterans in the Bolivia area can enroll in the VA healthcare system, receive health screenings and health information, and find out about various services available to them through the Veterans Health Administration from representatives of the Fayetteville VA Medical Center.

    The center’s Rural Health Team will be set up in the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension’s training/conference room from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 19.

  • 4-H’er wins award at Congress

     A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress July 19-22 in Raleigh.

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activity. At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gather during the second day of Congress.

  • Local Junior Master Gardeners complete Golden Ray program

     Five Brunswick County 4-H members completed the Golden Ray Series of the Junior Master Gardener Program during 4-H Summer Fun.

    Participants Eliza Douglass, Jessica Hockett, Jacob Cheers, London Robinson and Nickolas Dinnall received certificates for completion of the program. Master Gardener 4-H volunteers Grace Wrigley, Sharon Benson and Mercy McCurdy led the special interest group.

  • Kendrick Morgan honored with 4-H scholarship at luncheon

     Kendrick Morgan of Brunswick County was honored with a $2,000 scholarship at the annual North Carolina 4-H Scholarship and Awards Reception and Partnership Luncheon on Wednesday, July 21, at the Jane S. McKimmon Center on the North Carolina State University campus in Raleigh.

  • The challenges of growing centipede grass in Brunswick

    Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on large patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus. To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of nitrogen fertilizer at 4 to 8-week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations. In addition:

  • Summer plant performance

     You know there is no better teacher than experience, although it often makes for expensive lessons. One thing I love about my job is having this forum to tell you about my gardening experiences, so here we go with a summer plant performance update for 2010.

    Zoysia grasses have received lots of breeding interest in the last 10 years or so. That extra work is beginning to pay some dividends for anyone who tries to grow a decent lawn in this challenging area we call home.