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Today's News

  • Services set for CIS board member

    Stephanie Bessmer is described as a beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister, but those who knew her will remember her for more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Tuesday as a result of a weather-related automobile wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.

  • Gas prices increase; Governor cracks down on gouging

    Friday morning, Gov. Mike Easley declared a state of “abnormal market disruption” under state law, which charges the Attorney General with enforcing the price gouging statute.

    By Friday afternoon, gas prices in Shallotte and surrounding areas were maxing out at more than $4 a gallon for premium, and vehicles were lined up at stations like Caroco and Kangaroo on Main Street

  • Fatal wreck on N.C. 87 kills one

    An 88-year-old Bolivia woman was killed Tuesday afternoon when her vehicle was struck by an on-coming SUV on N.C. 87 near Bolivia.

    According to 1st Sgt. J.O. Holmes, of the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Eleanor Waterford Harden was traveling north on N.C. 87 when she attempted to turn left onto Danford Road, failing to yield and into the path of an on-coming SUV.

    Speed was not a factor, Holmes said, noting both drivers were driving the speed limit when Harden pulled into the path of the other driver.

  • Do we really need all these 'low-fat' and 'low-carb' choices?

    The other day while I was at the supermarket, I was looking for my favorite soda, Pepsi, which was on sale if I bought five 12-packs of cans. But as I checked out the choices, I encountered vanilla Pepsi, diet-vanilla Pepsi, cherry Pepsi, diet-cherry Pepsi, lemon Pepsi, caffeine-free Pepsi, Pepsi Max, diet-Pepsi Max, diet Pepsi and regular Pepsi.

  • A day they vow never to forget

    Seven years ago, the world tuned in to watch a sunny September morning in New York veer into horror as terrorists crashed hijacked American planes into the World Trade Center towers.

    Sept. 11, 2001, is carved in minds and history, the kind of event where we might turn to our neighbor and ask, “Where were you on 9/11?”

  • Arts & Entertainment calendar

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Dip your toes at the--Purple Feet Festival

    Lucy—in fact, a number of Lucys—may have some “ ’splaining” to do as the annual Purple Feet Festival and Grape Stomp unfolds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 13, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Once again, a high point at the seventh annual festival will be the Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3 p.m.

    The competition harks back to Lucille Ball and an old, popular episode of “I Love Lucy” in which the redheaded comedienne found herself crushing grapes with her feet at an Italian vineyard.

  • We may not like spiders and snakes, but most of them are nothing to fear

    Even if you’re not old enough to remember the Jim Stafford song from the 1970s, you probably don’t like coming in contact with creepy critters like spiders and snakes. Knowing there are only two venomous spiders and six venomous snakes in North Carolina usually doesn’t help, so let’s take an objective look at the snakes we share this corner of the state with and see if we really do have something to fear.

  • Tips and suggestions for cleaning up debris after tropical storms and hurricanes

    I have decided to write this article with great hopes it will not be needed but reality shows one day you may need to take this clipping down from your refrigerator door and look over what you need to do.

    Cleanup is the first priority after any major storm.

  • Bugs aren't all bad; they serve a purpose

    As summer progresses, the number of insects found in our landscape increases. There are millions of types of insects in our world and more than 100,000 different ones active in the United States; however, less than 1 percent of these actually feed on plants in a harmful way.

    Before you pull out the insecticide, take the time to identify the insects on your plants. You just may find out that they are beneficial insects. Beneficial insects are those that are helpful in some way, as predators or pollinators. A number of beneficial insects occur naturally in our gardens.