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Today's News

  • Stormwater, more workers on Carolina Shores agenda

    CAROLINA SHORES—2010 may be the year for the town to address at length its stormwater issues.

    At their first monthly meeting of the year this Thursday, town commissioners are to discuss hiring professionals to help solve stormwater problems.

    The town’s stormwater system and its accompanying issues also dominate the list of a proposed board retreat for March 9 and 10, in addition to paving projects.

  • Driver of fatal WBHS wreck indicted by grand jury

    The driver of the fatal wreck that killed two West Brunswick High School students last spring has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Joseph Moreno, 17, of Supply, was indicted Dec. 14 on two counts of felony involuntary manslaughter.

    Moreno was initially charged in June after being served with a warrant, which was taken out by the Highway Patrol, Sarah Garner, assistant district attorney, said.

    All felony charges are handled in Superior Court and have to go through the grand jury first.

  • What events make your Top 10 list of the last decade?

    The first decade of the new millennium has come to an end, and it’s safe to say several events that occurred during the 2000s will definitely be printed in history books for years to come.

    When I think about the decade in rewind, my mind automatically thinks back to Sept. 11, 2001, and recalls the recent the election of President Barack Obama.

    Much like the Kennedy assination, 9/11 is an event that seemed to stop time, as everyone remembers exactly where they were and what they were doing at that time.

  • Bobby Collins comes to OWA

    Comedian Bobby Collins entertains a crowd at Odell Williamson Auditorium Saturday night during the second annual Stand Up for Charity event, sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Woman’s Club. Collins, a Grammy-nominated comedian, has starred in his own special on Showtime, as well as opening for Cher, Dolly Parton and Julio Iglesias.

     

  • Grand jury indicts two on second-degree murder, impaired driving charges

    BOLIVIA—A Brunswick County Grand Jury has indicted two drivers involved in two separate wrecks with second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    On Dec. 14, a grand jury returned true bills of indictment on David Kent Beasley, 32, of 1902 Perry Ave., Wilmington, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

    True bills were also returned Dec. 14 on Joshua Donald Wilson, 24, of 2530 Big Neck Road, Ash, for felony second-degree murder and driving while impaired.

  • Cold weather to continue into next week; protect yourself, plants, pets

    Brunswick County residents aren’t used to bundling up every morning, scraping their car windshields or covering their plants at night, but that’s what they’re going to be doing for the next week or 10 days.

    An Arctic high-pressure system centered in the Great Plains doesn’t seem to be going anywhere soon and is resulting in well-below-average temperatures here in the Southeast. Forecasters are predicting snow or rain/snow mix Thursday night or Friday morning, but no accumulation is expected.

  • Ocean Isle Beach spreads holiday cheer throughout county with donations

    Instead of giving gifts to each other during the holiday season, employees and residents of Ocean Isle Beach decided to team up for a more worthy cause.

    Together, 1,410 pounds of food were collected as well as toys, clothing and all the food needed for 11 local families to cook a traditional Christmas dinner.

    Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said three years ago a town employee suggested the idea of not exchanging gifts and instead donating money to needy families.

    “This year, with the economy, we wanted to help as many families as we could,” she said.

  • 'Holidays' theme of photo contest

    The December meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club combined a potluck dinner with a juried competition of members’ photographs representing “December Holidays.” Winners were chosen in three divisions: Beginners, Intermediate and Advanced.

    Beginners Division

    First place: Bob Boal–‘4th Advent before Christmas.’

    Second place: Mary Wayne–‘Mother Nature’s Ornaments.’

    Third place: Fran Sheehan–‘Old St. Nick.’

    Intermediate Division

  • Reasons to look toward the sky in the New Year

    The world hailed 2009 as the “International Year of Astronomy,” and across the globe, special events honored the occasion.

    Even the stars and planets seemed to join in the yearlong tribute: Jupiter took a hit from some space junk; Saturn’s rings disappeared for a few days as they faced us edge-on. Our moon gave up a deep secret; there is water on its surface.

  • Rattlesnake weed will rear its ugly head in February

    Rattlesnakes may be hanging out waiting for warmer temperatures, but now is the time to deal with rattlesnake weed. Also known as Florida artichoke and Florida betony, this member of the mint family rears its ugly head in February when a few warm days get it growing.

    Atrazine, which is sold as Purge, does a pretty good job of controlling Florida betony in centipede and St. Augustine lawns. The only material that has any activity on this aggressive weed in shrub beds is diclobenil, sold as Casoron or Barrier.