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Today's News

  • Garden musings: Enoying the fun of watching a garden grow

    One of the wonderful things about having a garden is the opportunity to watch things grow. Of course, if you’re in the business of giving out horticultural advice, it’s also a great way to learn. I’ve always felt better about giving out recommendations based on local experience, so here are some musings about some plants that I’ve added to my own garden this year.

  • Treated lumber use in the garden: How safe is it?

    It is that time of year when people start putting in vegetable plants and suddenly they want to know if it is all right to plant them in a bed framed with treated lumber. Agents across the state have been e-mailing their thoughts and experiences. We have even contacted our resource people and they provide to us valuable back up assistance. Here are some interesting points I have gleaned from the discussion on how and where to use treated wood and which plants are okay to grow in systems containing treated wood.

  • Understanding more about swine influenza and tips for prevention

    Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs.

  • Gardening in the shade can be enjoyable, successful if you choose the right plant

    Gardeners are often unhappy about how their grass and other plants look in a shady area, especially under trees. People can spend a lot of money, time and effort trying to make sun-loving plants grow in shady areas. If you have a situation where shade is stressing the sun-loving grass of other plants, consider choosing plants that will thrive in a shady location.

    Gardening in the shade can and should be just as enjoyable and successful as gardening in the sun. When proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and long lasting.

  • Brunswick County residents visit Nicaragua on mission trip

    A team of 30 men and women from Holden Beach, other parts of North Carolina, Florida, Baltimore, and Virginia recently journeyed to the remote areas of Leon, Nicaragua, to do mission work to help those less fortunate.

    The team came from all walks of life, different professions, ages, special talents, and the desire to give of themselves, coming together with a common goal.

  • Once again, Shaw makes BCC proud

    Whenever professional coaches receive awards or national recognition, the first statistic often mentioned is either championships won or games won. Properly so. Rings and banners are a good measure of a coach’s career.

    But for high school coaches and community college colleges, another standard is equally important: What have you done to further the student-athlete’s educational career?

  • Shallotte hears from property owners, OKs riverwalk grant

    Shallotte aldermen have approved sending a final grant application to the state Division of Coastal Management seeking $300,000 to build the first phase of a riverwalk, which town officials hope will be the first step toward meeting the goals of the 10-year vision plan.

    If approved, the town would be responsible for $75,000 in matching funds. The riverwalk is proposed to start around the kayak area at Riverside park.

  • Students named to honor roll at Waccamaw

    A Honor Roll

    Second grade: Kara Campbell, Jonathan Mintz, Leonardo Ramirez, Andrea Dutton, Dalton Simpson, Levi Bird, Canna FormyDuval, Jada Farrow, Olivia Fluharty, Joseph Stanley, Christopher Tucholski.

    Third grade: Meghan McGuire, Hunter Roseman.

    Fourth grade: Makayla Canady, Johnathan Carlyle, Maddilin Emmons, Eliza Fish, Emma King, Madalynn Haley Long, Asa McCumbee, Arnulfo Silva, Logan Jones, Megan Little, Tanner Stanaland, Nahiem Wilson, Maddie Fulwood, Curtis Ward, Kristen Simmons.

  • Hard to beat the feisty action of a bluefish

    The big fishing news in the last week has been the arrival of some serious bluefish schools to the area. Up and down the coast, anglers are catching blues of all sizes. The piers have done particularly well, and a lot of anglers are getting in on the bluefish action.

  • Slow play: Nightmare in the pines

    Slow play is everyone’s nightmare.

    I’ve written about it before and I will continue to write about it annually because, first of all, it bugs me and, secondly, folks ask me to write about it. They want to hang my slow-play column in the locker room of their club. They want their slow-playing friends to get the hint… hint… HINT!