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Today's News

  • Town adopts water/sewer fees for sweepstakes businesses

    The town of Shallotte has set impact fees for Internet sweepstakes establishments. The fees are similar to those for other businesses such as doctors’ offices.

    At last week’s pre-agenda meeting, the board of aldermen voted to set fees of $1,100 for sewer and $365 for water for each toilet, after town staff recommending setting higher rates more closely aligned with restaurant impact fees.

    “I can’t imagine it comes near putting the same burden on facilities as a restaurant,” alderman John Kinlaw said.

  • Look for Capella in the east

    The stars marked a change of seasons for early man. For modern man, the store shelves mark the changing seasons. We just watched as Halloween turned into Thanksgiving and Christmas on store shelves.

    Looking into the night sky you can see the stars marking the same changes as they did long before the stores shelves. The Summer Triangle has moved into the western sky during early evening. The Great Square of Pegasus has moved overhead and a famous bright star is low in the east, we call this star Capella.

  • Horticulture nightmares fit for Halloween

    It’s the time of year when all manner of ghouls and goblins are on the prowl. With this mayhem on my mind, I started thinking about some of the horticultural nightmares I’ve had this year. Luckily, it’s a pretty short list.

  • Time to plant bulbs in southeastern North Carolina

    We have been patient and now it is November and the days are cooler and shorter.

    It is time to finally plant our spring blooming bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips all have pointed tops; plant that end up. Bulbs that don’t have an obvious point often have traces of old roots on the bottom, so plant that end down. You can plant tulips in our area and enjoy them next spring, but do not expect them to flower again in future years.

  • Death brings change to life--it does not end it

    Lately, it seems death has deluged my life. One after another of my friends and acquaintances have left this earthly existence to enter a phenomenally new life.

    While this is inevitable and—in a profound understanding—an enviable occurrence, it is also produces a heartbreaking ache, an acute sense of absence, and an intense realization now is the only moment we have.

  • Giveways, entertainment and more highlight ATMC meeting

    ATMC’s 52nd annual meeting was an evening filled with fun and excitement, with more than 2,700 people gathering at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College to enjoy festivities.

    A barbecue pork and fried chicken dinner was served, along with homemade ice cream.

  • Bowman is more than a blocker

    It is natural to think of athletes only as athletes. After all, the only time we watch them is when they throw a football or swing a bat, when they dive for a pass or soar for a dunk. About the only time we talk about them, whether to friends at work the day after a game or to the host of a radio program immediately after a game, is because a shortstop missed a groundball (right between the legs) that lost a game or because a reliever made a strikeout (on a change-up) that won a game.

  • South Brunswick shut out by league champs East Bladen

    ELIZABETHTOWN—East Bladen clinched the Waccamaw Conference football championship by shutting out South Brunswick 18-0 Friday night.

    East Bladen is 5-0 in the conference; South, 2-3.

    The Cougar defense played one of its best games of the season, as the Eagles average 31 points a game. The 18 points were the fewest scored by the Eagles this year.

  • West Brunswick JV soccer team sweeps county, league titles

    The West Brunswick junior varsity boys’ soccer team finished the regular season with back-to-back conference wins. The Trojans beat the South Brunswick Cougars 1-0 Oct. 28 at Jack Campbell Stadium. On Oct. 29, they beat the Whiteville Wolfpack 7-0 at M.H. Rourk Stadium. The team finished 6-0 in the conference, 7-5 overall.

    After the game, the Trojans celebrated their championship by dousing head coach Steve Nagy with ice water from the cooler.

  • JV Trojans struggle offensively in loss at West Bladen

    DUBLIN—The West Brunswick junior varsity football team had plenty of opportunities to steal a win Oct. 29 at West Bladen, but penalties and turnovers proved costly for the Trojans in an 18-9 loss.

    The Trojans struggled offensively throughout the game but had a chance to take the lead late in the fourth quarter. A halfback pass by running back Phillip Gause was intercepted by West Bladen and the Knights scored two plays later to preserve the victory.