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Today's News

  • Sewer grants not granted; land buy initiated in Calabash

    Grants for future sewer in Calabash have been rejected it was learned, while town commissioners took steps to buy land for expansion at a specially called meeting Dec. 18.

    Commissioners learned at the meeting two individual Rural Center for Support Grants of $500,000 each were not approved. The town applied for one of the grants, while Brunswick County applied for the other to help offset the cost of future sewer in the seafood capital.

    The governments have until Jan. 2 to file “intents to re-apply” and until Jan. 15 to actually re-apply for the grants.

  • Let’s not forget about the great tradition of making holiday drinks

    It’s that time of year when you are most likely to be hosting a party with friends or family.

    Make that gathering a little more festive and special by extending the holiday spirit to the drinks and refreshments you offer your guests.

    Here is what you need to prepare some of the more popular traditional holiday cheer and a few more.

    Wassail Bowl

    Drinking Wassail is an age-old winter custom. It is drunk at Christmastime, New Year’s and the 12th Night.

  • Winter weather is here and it’s time for trees

    Every year about this time, I grow a bit weary of all of the holiday stuff and the typical cool and wet weather of our winters. The only solution to this is to get out and get a little bit of dirt under the fingernails. Of course, purists will recoil at the mention of dirt.

    Yes, I know, the stuff we grow plants in is soil, but even though I’m quickly closing in on the big Five-O, I’m still that kid pushing those Buddy-L and Tonka bulldozers and dump trucks around the sand pile.

  • Growing camellias in North Carolina, Part I

    Camellias bloom late fall, winter and early spring when few other plants do and have beguiled southern landscapes for more than 100 years. Camellias are usually thought of as a southern plant; they have been adapted to extend as far north as Long Island, N.Y. They can generally withstand winter temperatures as low as 10 degrees; they can be grown anywhere if you protect them and keep the roots from freezing. Camellias are shallow rooted, like the shade, and do the best in loose, fertile soil that is slightly acid. They do not like poor drainage.

  • Holiday plant care: Being naughty or nice to your plants

    Are you naughty or nice to your plants? The old adage applies here, “Too much of a good thing can kill you.”

    People who have purchased Christmas trees which can be used as landscape trees after Christmas must make sure they are properly cared for while in the home during the holidays. Too much or too little water plus exposure to indoor heat are common problems associated with Christmas tree short life. Try having the decorated tree only in the house for a minimum time and plant as soon after Christmas as possible.

  • Unwrapping unexpected treasures this holiday season

    Christmas arrives in a flurry of anticipation and dashed expectations. Weeks of hype, whispered hopes and circled desires swiftly end in a heap of torn paper and crushed bows.

    Gifts hoped for were not received. Unexpected presents did not always match desires.

    Children, overwhelmed by the abundance of toys, cannot express their gratitude in the face of such bounty. Despite our best efforts to ignore the feeling, I think we all sense the death found in birth, the cross that shadows Christmas.

  • Brunswick homebuilders sponsor food drive

    Most builders can be seen with ladders and other tools of the trade in the beds of their pickup trucks, but members of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association recently loaded a truck with food bound for local food pantries.

    “When our association decided on a food drive as a community outreach project, our goal was to collect enough food to fill the back of a pickup truck, and we did,” said Tim Gallimore, president of the Brunswick County Home Builders Association.

  • Smokers, meet Scrooge

    To you athletes who smoke, I hid your cigarettes last night.

    Don’t snicker you athletes who chew tobacco. I hid your tins, too.

    I was in a hurry—I had more places to visit on Christmas Eve than I thought. And Santa visited some places longer than I could wait him out. So some of you athletes may still be able to find your cigarettes and your chew.

    To the rest of you athletes, I am doing you a favor.

    A self-righteous Scrooge? Of course.

    But please answer me, Mr. Athlete and Miss Athlete, what is the benefit of smoking?

  • BCC Dolphins enter holiday break at 13-2

    The Brunswick Community College basketball team enters the holiday break 13-2 and full of optimism as it looks forward to the rest of the Region X season.

    The Dolphins opened the Region X season by beating USC-Salkehatchie 74-70 Dec. 13. The victory came a week after BCC played in the Panhandle Shootout at Chipola Junior College in Marianna, Fla.

    The tournament in Florida had 10 teams in it, and five were nationally ranked, BCC coach Walter Shaw said.

    “It was an honor for us to even be invited to it,” he said.

  • MEC Coach of Year Fletcher has rewarding season

    What was obvious halfway through the football season became a reality after the season: West Brunswick High School football coach Jimmy Fletcher is the Mideastern Conference Coach of the Year.

    Fletcher won the 3-A title in the conference, a feat that would merit consideration for coach of the year. But the conference coaches were aware of what Fletcher had to overcome: a winless season in 2007. The Trojans finished the 2008 season 6-6 after a loss in the first round of the state playoffs.

    Fletcher gave most of the credit for the turnaround to his team and staff.