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Today's News

  • World War II liberator reunites with Royal Lipizzaners

    CALABASH—Back when he assisted with the rescue of a team of royal horses during World War II, Julius King Suggs was a few decades younger.

    Little did the corporal in the 42nd Squadron of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army know that someday he would be reunited with the offspring of the horses he helped save—the fancy-footed Royal Lipizzaner stallions, right smack at his daughter’s stables on Hickman Road.

  • Holden Beach gets ready to walk the dogs

    Holden Beach will be the place to walk your dog(s) this Saturday, March 29, as the second annual Bark at the Beach celebration and fundraiser unfolds under the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m. The fee is $20 to walk one dog with a walking buddy. T-shirts also will be available for participants.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing through March 28

    Carl Billingsley, “An Exhibition of Drawings, Model and Maquettes for Large Scale Sculptures,” The Art Gallery in the Cultural Arts Building at UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, contact Carlton Wilkinson, gallery director, Department of Art and Art History University of North Carolina Wilmington, at 962-7958 or via e-mail at wilkinsonc@uncw.edu.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

  • Student artwork to be on display at local gallery now through May 10

    More than 100 high school students will have their work on display at Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery for the 14th annual High School Show running until May 10.

    The gallery’s exhibit chairperson Sue Ernest looks forward to this event.

    “It’s a real treat to display the exciting work done by the students,” she said. “The work is very original and often humorous. It keeps the viewer in touch with the ever-changing world. The art teachers are to be commended.”

  • Landscaping your yard is a step-by-step process

    How do you go about landscaping your yard? Former Extension Specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the Southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought-out planned garden.

  • Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac

    Leaves of three, let it be! The single most common cause of allergic reactions in the United States are those nasty plants poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Each year, these plants cause millions of people to contract a skin rash known as “dermatitis.” Learning how to identify the growing habits of each plant in this area is the first step towards prevention of skin rashes.

    Poison Ivy

  • Get started on your spring garden 'honey-do' list

    We’re working on our first full week of spring and that means lots of garden chores showing up on the honey-do list. If you’re still looking for something to do, go ahead and finish the pruning chores, fertilize your shrub beds if they need it and add a bit of fresh mulch, but leave the lawn fertilizer in the bag for now and try to resist the urge to plant summer annuals unless you’re prepared to lose them to a late frost.

  • Inmate's death an 'accident'

    Senaca Marrell Vaught, an inmate who died Jan. 23 while in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center, died from “positional asphyxia due to restraint,” according to the chief medical examiner’s report.

    Dr. Charles Garrett performed the autopsy Jan. 24, and the chief medical examiner’s report states Vaught’s death was accidental.

    Morbid obesity was listed as a contributing cause to Vaught’s death.

  • Brunswick County has annual Republican convention

    Bill Daughtridge, a North Carolina Representative from Rocky Mount, gave the keynote address at the Brunswick County Republican convention last Saturday.

    Daughtridge is the Republican candidate for treasurer of North Carolina. Since he is unopposed in the May 6 primary, he will compete in November's election to fill the treasurer's position being vacated by Democrat Richard Moore.

    As the convention was being called to order by Brunswick County Chairman Frank Iler, a straw poll for governor was taken among Brunswick County Republicans present.

  • Free series provides advice for small businesses

    SHALLOTTE—A free monthly business advice session over breakfast is proving popular with local business owners.

    That’s not surprising, since according to the Employment Security Commission, 80 percent of Brunswick County’s businesses have less than 30 employees, and 90 percent have less than 20.