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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Bluebirds need help to survive here in our winter climate

    Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nesting sites.

  • Edwards-Todd

    Jessica Lynn Edwards of Ash and William Allen Todd of Shallotte were married Dec. 5 at Camp Branch Baptist Church in Ash, with The Rev. Leroy Long officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Thea Barefoot of Ash and the late Wayne Edwards.

    The groom is the son of William Earl Todd and Wanda Todd of Shallotte.

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

    Amy Fulford, the groom’s sister, served as matron of honor. She wore a black knee-length dress.

  • Aging is not always easy: The fight to live until you die

    I watched as she squirmed in her chair. With a sigh that mingled desperation with frustration and anger with despair, she let her head drop to her chest. Then a sudden burst of energy and feisty combativeness grasped her and she shouted out, “I feel trapped. Don’t any of you understand? I feel trapped. I am being treated like a baby. I have lost control of my life. I am in a hole and I can’t get out!”