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Today's News

  • Farm Heritage Day is Saturday at Indigo Farms

    Fall means Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms.

    The annual event at the historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is free.

    Learn about the old ways of life on the farm, with day-long demonstrations that will include basket-making, blacksmithing, gun-making, molasses-making, spinning, weaving, and a working 1920s gristmill powered by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks vertical engine from Horry County Museum.

  • To prune or not to prune during cooler days of fall?

    The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Are you ever left wondering about wasp wanderings?

    The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us, but some unwelcome insect visitors can accompany it.

    Polistes, or paper wasp colonies, are beginning to die out and some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually), along with next year’s crop of queens, are likely to start bailing out of nests. The surviving queens will seek out some place to pass the winter and all too often our houses become the location of choice. There are several species of paper wasps, but the common ones are mostly brown in color with yellow stripes on their abdomens.

  • Perennial care: Tips to divide and conquer

    September through late October is a good time for dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials in Brunswick County and the Cape Fear Region.

    For the most part, flowering should be nearing an end at this time of the year. That allows plants to put their energy into developing leaves for next season. Roots will continue to grow through the winter and this will help the plant get well established before the next bloom sequence.

  • Cape Fear sweeps BCC

    The Brunswick Community College volleyball team lost 25-17, 25-22, 25-23 to the Cape Fear Community College Sea Devils in match Sept. 24 at West Brunswick High School.

    The Dolphins fell behind 9-4 in the first game but cut the lead to 9-8 behind the serving of Jordan Clear. But the Sea Devils outscored the Dolphins 8-2 in taking a 17-10 lead and control of the game. Cape Fear scored the final two points of the game on back-to-back aces.

  • School board member calls for superintendent's termination

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert publicly announced his dissatisfaction with Superintendent Katie McGee at a specially called meeting Tuesday night.

    He made a motion to terminate her contract, which died due to a lack of second.

    Board chairwoman Shirley Babson, vice-chair Charlie Miller and member Jimmy Hobbs were silent after the motion was made. Board member Scott Milligan was absent from the meeting.

    “I think it’s her time, she should go,” Gilbert said after the meeting.

  • Bolivia student killed in wreck

    A 10-year-old Bolivia Elementary School student died in a car wreck in Columbus County over the weekend.

    According to Sgt. J.M. Lewis of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Tyler Bethune was in the front passenger seat of a 1999 Chevrolet passenger vehicle being driven by his 19-year-old sister Jasmine Jones.

    Jones was traveling north on Hallsboro Road just before 7 p.m. Sunday when she attempted to turn into the parking lot of a drag strip and was struck by an oncoming pickup truck, Lewis said.

  • Disaster declaration sought for Brunswick

    N.C. Gov. Mike Easley has requested a federal disaster declaration for the three counties that suffered the most damage from Tropical Storm Hanna—Brunswick, Beaufort and Person counties.

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Director Randy Thompson said the state met the threshold for damages, allowing Easley to request the federal disaster declaration.

    Preliminary damage estimates to public infrastructure completed last Friday topped the $14 million mark.

  • Man pleads guilty to gun on campus

    Perritt Alford, the parent of a Shallotte Middle School student who was arrested in February for impersonating a law enforcement officer and carrying a gun on campus, pleaded guilty Monday afternoon to carrying a firearm on campus.

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis sentenced Alford to 18 months of supervised probation to include psychiatric testing and treatment, assistant district attorney Chris Thomas said.

    Another requirement of Alford’s probation, Thomas said, is for all of his firearms and law enforcement paraphernalia to be destroyed.

  • BEMC addressing energy efficiency, environmental issues

    Energy efficiency is a hot topic, and Brunswick Electric Membership Corp. (BEMC), the county’s electric cooperative, is investing in ways to balance the need for affordable power with protecting the environment.

    “We know what we’re supposed to do: provide safe, reliable and affordable power, and we also want to have a social conscience by learning about environmentally sound techniques,” BEMC CEO Chip Leavitt Leavitt said.