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Today's News

  • A garden can never have enough Japanese maples

    Dedicated readers of my ramblings know I have a soft spot for crape myrtles and Japanese maples. Even though my garden is so small you can’t cuss a cat without getting hair in your mouth, it now sports 11 different selections of Japanese maple.

  • Tips for growing great tomatoes in the garden

    When buying tomato seedlings, look for thick, straight stems, deep green leaves, avoid plants that have already started flowering or fruiting with no spots or signs of insects and look for a disease resistant variety.

  • Use Kousa dogwoods to improve landscapes

    The Kousa dogwood makes a beautiful tree-form with horizontal branches and is used in landscaping as a specimen plant, in borders and for accent plantings.

    Even though they are usually grown for decoration, they make an excellent patio-garden plant that will attract birds into your landscape. They are also highly resistant to dogwood borer and dogwood anthracnose problems, which have been plaguing flowering dogwoods in recent years.

  • Tax department begins bank attachments, wage garnishments to collect delinquent taxes

    Brunswick County Tax Collector Ken Perry compares his job to walking a tightrope.

    “I have to walk this tightrope between compassion and collecting money to fund government services,” Perry said, adding the county tax department has begun bank attachments and garnishing wages from delinquent property owners.

    About 200 delinquent property owners, those who haven’t satisfied their 2008 or previous years’ tax bills, have noticed fewer funds in their bank accounts or a 10 percent per pay period wage garnishment on their paychecks.

  • Brunswick County to sponsor weeklong events for county government week

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County government officials are marking National County Government Week with a week’s worth of activities. May 4-8 is National County Government Week, and Brunswick officials have dedicated the week to: “Greening our Future.”

    For more information on National County Government Week, or for more information on any of the scheduled events, call 253-2000, or visit the county’s Web site at www.brunsco.net. The events are free and open to the public.

    The following events are planned:

    Monday, May 4

  • West's Evans, Frink county champs

    West Brunswick’s Mariah Evans and Shanae Frink won championships in the county high school track meet April 21 at West.

    Evans won the 200-meter run and Frink the triple jump.

    Evans and Frink also ran on the winning 4x100 relay in a regional-qualifying time of 54.32, beating South by 0.08 seconds. Courtney Turner and Breana Gause also ran on the relay.

    South Brunswick’s girls won 13 of the 18 events and won the team title.

    Six of South’s victories met regional-qualifying standards.

  • West golfers win MEC 3-A title

    Led by all-conference golfers Harrison Taylor and Greg Hensley, the West Brunswick High School golf team Monday won the Class 3-A title of the Mideastern Conference.

    The championship qualifies West for the Class 3-A East Regional, to be played May 4 at Maccripine Country Club in Pinetops. The top three teams and the top three players not on those teams qualify for Class 3-A state championships May 11-12 at Keith Hills Country Club in Buies Creek.

  • West completes sweep of county teams

    The West Brunswick girls’ soccer team completed a sweep of county teams by beating North Brunswick 4-0 Monday at West.

    Two West goals were disallowed because of offsides. The Lady Trojans improved to 8-8 for the year.

    West scored twice in the first half, the first goal eight minutes into the game on a pass from junior forward Taylor Ambrose to senior forward Mariah Evans. Her kick in the box went through the legs of the North goalkeeper.

  • Memory, Gause homer as West beats White Oak

    JACKSONVILLE—Two-run home runs by Alex Memory and Jay Gause scored all of West Brunswick’s runs in a 4-0 victory Friday over White Oak in a Mideastern Conference baseball game.

    The low-scoring game was surprising, considering the Trojans had beaten the Vikings 17-0 last month.

    The victory improved West’s record to 7-1 in the conference, 16-3 overall, and keeps it in the running for the MEC title. West’s one MEC loss is to Laney, and the two teams have a rematch on Senior Night April 30 at West.

  • Shallotte board discusses budget

    The Shallotte aldermen are meeting weekly to plan for the 2009-2010 town budget.

    The board met April 22 and will continue to meet at 3:15 p.m. every Wednesday at town hall to discuss various expenses in the budget with staff and department heads until May 20.

    Between May 20-27, town administrator Paul Sabiston will present a proposed budget and budget message to the board. The board will schedule a public hearing on the proposal.

    A public hearing will be set in June. Sabiston said June 16 is the target date for adopting the budget following the hearing.