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Today's News

  • Holden Beach bridge to be inspected

    There will be intermittent lane closures and possible delays on the Holden Beach bridge as the North Carolina Department of Transportation conducts bridge inspections this week.

    The inspection will begin at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16 and is expected to last through Friday, Sept. 18. The inspections will be from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. each day.

    NCDOT reminds drivers to stay alert, use alternative routes when possible, to drive with caution, obey posted speed limits and allow extra travel time.

  • Ten years later: Residents, officials recall impact of Hurricane Floyd

    Sept. 17 marks 10 years since Hurricane Floyd paid its horrific visit to the Carolina coast, creating a flood like none ever seen in Brunswick County and causing millions of dollars in damage

    The Category 3 hurricane caused the most flooding in inland areas, specifically Shallotte, where the Shallotte River flooded its banks for the first time in anyone’s memory. It stranded people in homes and parking lots and caused major damage to local businesses.

  • Storm's arrival coincides with another big event for Shallotte couple

    A little more than eight months pregnant in September of 1999, Susan Rutter of Shallotte was not due to have her baby until Oct. 2.

    The arrival of Hurricane Floyd, however, must have changed all that, because the day after the storm wreaked havoc on the Brunswick County coast, the baby wasn’t going to wait.

    The morning of Sept. 18, after Floyd moved through the county, Rutter went into labor.

  • Students give warm welcome to Team Hope for the Warriors

    SUPPLY—Nearly 700 cheering and clapping students greeted Team Hope for the Warriors at the entrance to Virginia Williamson Elementary School on Friday afternoon.

    As part of the team’s 9/11 Hope Ride, the warriors stopped by the school before heading to a luncheon at Winding River Plantation. The 9/11 Hope Ride began last Wednesday at Camp Lejeune and ended Saturday in Oak Island.

  • Fall into some new plants this autumn

    You hear the mantra every year that “fall is for planting.” The cooler days and nights of autumn place less stress on the plants and allow them time to get roots established before the ravages of next summer’s heat.

    In fact, our soil temperatures rarely drop low enough to suspend root growth, so your new plants will be adding roots throughout the winter. If you’re like me and get bored easily, you’re always looking for new plants to add during this great planting time. I’ve included several for you to consider.

  • September's chores to maintain a healthy garden

    Some areas are having an excellent year for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. If you lose foliage from a deciduous tree this time of the year, it will not hurt the tree. The leaves have already produced plenty of food for the tree and they would fall anyway in another month.

    The main reason to kill these fall caterpillars would be to keep the droppings off the sidewalk or out of the pool. Any pesticide labeled for caterpillars would work. Be sure to use one labeled for fruits or nuts if you plan to spray something edible.

  • 'Julie and Julia' is proof that art imitates life

    Many of my friends were talking about “Julie and Julia.” I got the clear message that I had to see that movie. Awakening on a Friday morning with an awful headache, I told myself that the perfect cure would be time spent in a darkened theater where I’d suspend any disbelief that was engendered by reviews that judged the film to be mediocre at best. Instead, I would focus on the story unfolding before me.

    If my headache disappeared, I’d give the movie an excellent rating. If not, I would still deem it time pleasantly spent.

  • Businessman lobbying for changes to Main Street bridge

    Watching Hurricane Floyd result in flooding like he’d never seen before—causing more than $1 million in damage to his family’s business on Main Street—has made Al Milliken of Shallotte Electric Stores that much more wary of possible flooding in downtown Shallotte.

    His family’s company realized the importance of having flood insurance after Hurricane Floyd dumped 16 inches of rain in Shallotte and flooded several roads and damaged the store.

  • Unemployment down slightly in Brunswick due to summer employment

    Brunswick was one of 59 North Carolina counties in which the unemployment rate dropped in July.

    In Brunswick County’s case, the decrease was minimal, from 11 percent to 10.8 percent, which was also the rate for May, according to the N.C. Employment Security Commission (ESC).

    In the most recent report from the ESC, commission chairman Moses Carey Jr. called July employment growth in many of the N.C. counties “modest.”

  • July home sales up over last year but down from June

    Brunswick County Realtors sold 204 homes during July, up from 195 last year but down from 214 last month, according to the N.C. Association of Realtors’ latest report.

    The average price of a home sold increased over last year, from $233,847 to $248,832, the NCAR report states.

    Local Realtors say they are seeing a better summer than winter and are looking forward to the market rebounding.