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Today's News

  • N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade

    N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade in Southport was a hit with parade-goers of all ages. The annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors.

  • Candidate filings for municipal elections open today

    The candidate-filing period for the 2009 municipal elections begins Monday.

    Filing for the Nov. 3, 2009, municipal election opens at 8:30 a.m. Monday, July 6, and runs until noon Friday, July 17, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections in Bolivia. The 2009 elections are for municipalities, sanitary districts and Dosher Memorial Hospital trustees.

    The following seats are up for election:

    •Bald Head Island: Mayor and one councilman seat

    •Belville: Mayor and two commissioners’ seats

  • UPDATE: Health department officials begin reading TB skin-test results

    BOLIVIA—County health department officials have read about 250 of the nearly 400 tuberculosis skin tests administered after a Brunswick County Detention Center inmate tested positive for TB.

    Twenty-eight positive skin tests have been identified as of Thursday afternoon.

    “We have had some positives, but the reading is just getting underway,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey wrote in an e-mail to the Beacon.

  • Confirmed case of tuberculosis linked to jail

    A former Brunswick County inmate had a positive skin test for tuberculosis, while a second inmate who tested positive for the disease was transferred to a different detention facility.

    Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey on Wednesday said two possible cases of TB have been linked to the Brunswick County Detention Center.

    “There was a case who came to us Friday,” Yousey said. “We traced his exposure back to the jail.”

  • Experts raise environmental concerns over planned terminal

    SOUTHPORT—A new international terminal proposed for 600 acres near Southport and Boiling Spring Lakes could potentially pollute the Cape Fear River with petrochemicals, construction waste material, cleaning compounds, stormwater runoff and invasive species, environmental experts told citizens gathered at the Southport Community Building last week.

    In addition, dredging a deepwater channel between the ocean and the Cape Fear River could destroy nursery areas for a number of marine animals.

  • Don't blame the days; hot nights make burgundy-hued trees ‘go green’

    Summertime in southeastern North Carolina is a time for beach trips, popping the top on a cool one and shuffling your feet to some cool tunes from the likes of the Tams, the Drifters or one of my favorite one-hit-wonders—Cannonball.

  • Mole crickets: The pests are here and damaging turf

    There are several pest species of mole crickets. We have a native mole cricket in this area, but it is rarely a pest. It’s the introduced, or exotic, species that causes all the trouble. They were accidentally introduced to the southeastern United States in the early 1900s, almost certainly hitchhiking in ship’s ballast.

  • Bagworms, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and woolly planthoppers

    The following information on bagworm treatment, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and wooly planthoppers is based on information from N.C. State University and updated for southeastern North Carolina.

    A good time for bagworm treatment

    Bagworms are now large enough to notice and small enough they have not eaten much, yet! Bagworms have a wide host range; however, in landscapes they are usually associated with arborvitae, cedars, or junipers. Heavy populations can do considerable defoliation.

  • Lauster-Swaim

    Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Stanley-Sisk

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dana M. Stanley of Shallotte and David A. Sisk of Smithfield. The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary D. Stanley of Shallotte. The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield. A July 18 wedding is planned at Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.