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Today's News

  • Election 2010: E-mail, social networking and the law

    A state employee recently sent out a political e-mail through a county e-mail account. Does that violate North Carolina election law?

    Gary Bartlett, executive director of the North Carolina Board of Elections, says no.

    At 1 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 2, District Attorney Rex Gore’s executive assistant Libby Carlisle, a state employee, sent an e-mail from a Brunswick County e-mail account to the media. The e-mail announced Gore planned to run for re-election as district attorney.

  • Valentine's Day: Tripping, stumbling and falling through romance

    Consider me romantically challenged.

    As many starry-eyed lovers are looking forward to Valentine’s Day this weekend, I’m just hoping I don’t fall down or drop my fork during a romantic dinner.

    Romance exists in this world; I’m unfortunately the person who sometimes falls over it or runs into a wall when I’m looking back to see what I just missed.

    I’m the type of woman who comes home to a candle-lit house, only to be confused about why the lights aren’t on.

  • Sullivan-Coster

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Sharyn Sullivan of Supply and Ryan Coster of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bruce and Cyndy Sullivan of Supply. She will graduate this spring from UNC Wilmington with a degree in elementary education. The prospective groom is the son of Mark and Janet Coster of Calabash. He is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in computer animation. An evening ceremony is planned for Aug. 29 in Southport.

  • Stanley-Murdaugh

    Rhett Douglas Stanley and Brittany Kayleigh Murdaugh of Shallotte will be married Sunday, Feb. 14, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ash. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., with reception following in the church fellowship hall. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bryan and Kaycee Murdaugh of Shallotte, and the granddaughter of Ivan and Zelotta McDonald of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Bill Stanley and Lynn Coon, and the stepson of Jack Coon, all of Shallotte. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Bobbie Anderson of Ash.

  • Scripture teaches God's love is ever-present; love is all there is

    I seem always to find themes emerging from Scriptural readings. Interestingly, they also change as I change...meeting spiritual needs that surface with each new encounter. Like a ladder, they take me higher and higher...deeper and deeper...as I climb. That is the marvel of God’s living word.

  • Late winter freeze could damage fruit

    We’ve usually had a couple of days well into the 60s by this time of year to remind us that spring isn’t far away. While our winters are mild by comparison to New England and the Midwest, the cold has been reluctant to leave this year.

  • Pruning tips: In gardening, timing is everything

    The hotline has received several requests for information concerning pruning in the last few weeks. Following are guidelines as to when and how much to prune:

    As the weather cools in the fall, many of us emerge from the air-conditioning and begin looking around the landscape again. One thing we may see is some plants grew a lot over the summer and have gotten somewhat out of bounds. There is often a strong temptation to get out the pruning saw and start fighting back the jungle.

    In gardening, timing is everything. Knowing when and when not to perform tasks is important.

  • Three-month-old recipe wins Brunswick Stew Cook-Off

    SHALLOTTE—Oren and Pat Knicely’s three-month-old Brunswick Stew recipe beat recipes that have been around for generations at Saturday’s Brunswick Stew Cook-Off, hosted by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce.

    The first-year competitors said they were encouraged by friends to participate and came up with their winning recipe only three months ago.

    “He’s a quick study, what can I say?” Pat Kniceley said of her husband.

  • Get paid to shop, mystery shopping opportunities available locally

    Two of my favorite things go hand-in-hand—shopping and money.

    To shop, you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get paid to shop?

    The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a worldwide organization that provides mystery shoppers the chance to make money while shopping and performing market research.

    “Our member companies work with their clients to establish mechanisms to measure and improve levels of service,” its Web site states.

  • Town hopes to resolve road improvement issues

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials are hoping to have a resolution regarding road improvements at the corner of N.C. 179 and N.C. 904 by the end of the month.

    In December, officials from Crescent Resources LLC asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that were included in the original bond.

    Eric Jaegers said because the company is in bankruptcy, completing the driveway would be an added expense.