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Today's News

  • First garden vegetables should be planted soon

    Although it’s still too early to plant such popular garden vegetables such as tomatoes, beans and corn, it’s just the right time for Coastal Carolina gardeners to plant cool-season vegetables.

  • Pest control using horticultural oils

    Now is the time of the year to start preparing for spring. One of the best activities any gardener in this area can accomplish is applying horticultural oil.

    The following article was furnished by Horticultural Agent Theresa Friday:

    February and early March is an ideal time to apply horticultural oil to your ornamental trees, shrubs and fruit trees to control scale and several other over-wintering insects. However, to prevent harm to your plant, it is important to understand how horticultural oils work and their limitations.

  • Extension notes

    Pesticide class set

    Cape Fear Community College North Campus, 4500 Blue Clay Road in Castle Hayne, will present Pro Day–Prelude to March Madness on Wednesday, Feb. 27.

    Pesticide recertification credits will be available in aquatics, right-of-way, dealer, ornamentals and turf and private "X" categories.

    Contact the Brunswick County Cooperative Extension Service for more information at 253-2610.

    Coastal Gardener show

    Join Al Hight every Saturday morning on the Big Talker FM (106.3 and 93.7) from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. for the Coastal Gardener.

  • Flowers can be used to chase away the winter blahs

    Even though it’s still early, our gardens are beginning to awaken from their short winter slumber. I’ve noticed new growth on daylilies and Knockout roses already.

    If a bit of new growth doesn’t quite chase away your winter blahs, consider adding Japanese flowering apricot to your garden. It always blooms in January and February in shades of white, pink and red.

  • Sunset bridge fight brings back memories

    To the editor:

    It’s been almost 23 years since we fought against the west end of Holden Beach being made private.

    A lot of things have happened since we decided to give up our fight, after the Supreme Court overturned the ruling it should remain private, and ordered a new trial. Lack of funds was the main reason.

    My father passed away in 1997. He was the main reason behind the fight. Linda, my wife, passed away in 2005 of cancer, and I give her credit for the research she did.

  • We should look beyond labels

    To the editor:

    According to the U.S. Census of 2000, there were 281.4 million people in the United States, a 13.2 percent increase from the 248.7 million in the 1990 census.

    As our country grows, there is an increase in the idea of multiculturalism. Historically, our country was founded on the theory of multiculturalism, and now it seems like America is shunning the way our country was formed.

    America is known to be the “melting pot,” embracing all cultures that are represented in the country. Doesn’t this theory give a false impression?

  • Weekend fires erupt throughout county

    Area firefighters stayed busy extinguishing blazes that erupted Friday and continued through the weekend at various sites in Brunswick County.

    Phillip Inman, county ranger for the North Carolina Forest Service, estimated about 30 fires broke out over a four-day period.

    One of the largest ones burned along Alligator Road in the Ash area, Brunswick County Fire Marshal Scott Garner said.

    More fires flared up in Supply.

    “It’s across the board,” Inman said Monday. “We’ve had a number of woods arson fires.”

  • Former officer arrested for having gun at school

    SHALLOTTE—A parent of a Shallotte Middle School student has been arrested for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on school property.

    Perritt Elbert Alford, 43, of 210 Union Lane in Shallotte, has been charged with two counts of having a gun on educational property, two counts of carrying a concealed weapon and one count of impersonating a law enforcement officer, according to Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett.

  • Questionable situations followed officer during his career

    The parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who is accused impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a concealed weapon on school property has previously served as a law enforcement officer.

    But 43-year-old Perritt Elbert Alford is not currently employed with any local or municipal police departments, Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett said.

    In fact, Alford has not been a certified law enforcement officer with any agency since the N.C. Department of Justice Training and Standards Division suspended his certificate in 1991.

  • Candidate filings open for 2008 election

    Candidate filings have opened for the November 2008 election. Candidate filing opened at noon Monday, Feb. 11, and will close at noon Friday, Feb. 29.

    At press time Tuesday, the following candidates filed for office:

    N.C. State Senate

    •R.C. Soles Jr. (incumbent), Democrat, Tabor City

    •Bettie Fennell, Republican, Rocky Point

    N.C. House of Representatives

    (District 20)

    •Dewey L. Hill (incumbent), Democrat, Lake Waccamaw

    County Commissioner (District 3)

    •May Moore (incumbent), Democrat, Oak Island