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Today's News

  • Wildwood Village neighbors debate park plans

    SHALLOTTE—Residents of Wildwood Village packed the board of aldermen meeting Tuesday night to voice their views on a town park proposed for vacant land behind their neighborhood.

    The town has applied for a $462,460 state Parks and Recreation Trust Fund Grant to put a 10-acre park on property donated by Grady Hardwick, the developer of Wildwood Village.

  • Wine and chocolate pairings sweeten Valentine's month

    With Valentine’s Day just a week away, Silver Coast Winery in Brunswick County is setting the stage and mood with its annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 7.

    Participants will enjoy four award-winning wines paired with four scrumptious handmade chocolates by an award-winning chocolatier and a Silver Coast signature wine glass for $15.

  • South runs and rebounds past North 60-39

    LELAND—On the tip-off, when South’s Joey Hines outjumped North’s Reggie Cobia, about 5 inches taller than Hines, the Scorpions were going to have trouble.

    Cobia, who has an ankle injury had trouble all game because of it, had to sit for a while near the end of the first quarter. And with Shawn Sanders, the other important element of this team, out with an injury (also an ankle), that would make this Waccamaw Conference basketball game a little easier for the Cougars, who went on to win 60-39.

  • Kent, Moreno win conference championships

    JACKSONVILLE—West wrestlers Joey Moreno and Dee Kent finished as champions in the Mideastern Conference wrestling championships Saturday afternoon at Jacksonville High School.

    Teammate Deven Ruane was second at 152.

    In the team competition, the Trojans finished third (127.5) behind White Oak (145.5) and perennial champion Laney (193.5).

    Moreno, runner-up last year, entered his 189-pound match 19-2. His foe, Jacksonville senior Neel Patel, entered the match 25-10.

  • Lures have come a long way in saltwater fishing

    It’s a season for boat shows and wandering the isles of the tackle shop. There is a lot to see out there now. Saltwater lures have come of age, and advancements in technology and wide distribution have created a huge market for artificial baits among inshore anglers. Every year lures seem to get more and more effective and the innovations of tackle manufactures get more diverse.

  • Golf action

    During the Ocean Ridge Ladies Golf Association Groundhog’s Cry event Monday, Diana Gruver made a hole-in-one on the sixth hole at Lion’s Paw. It was her first hole-in-one.

    In the Groundhog Cry event, players counted one net from each foursome but threw away the three highest net scores at the end of the round. And if a golfer’s shadow touched any part of the cup when he or she addressed the putt, the putt may be conceded.

    First: Karen McCloskey, Peggy Jones, Diana Gruver, Jan Cameron.

  • State legislators begin new session

    Members of Brunswick County’s delegation in the N.C. General Assembly say the budget is the biggest issue they will face during the new session, which started this week.

    Both Rep. Bonner Stiller (R-Brunswick) and Sen. R.C. Soles say some cuts will be needed.

    The legislature is facing a $2 billion shortfall, and it’s going to affect programs in Brunswick County as well as the other counties in the state.

    “I am not prepared to raise taxes,” Stiller said this week. “That’s not the appropriate way to go.

  • What’s growing at the county government complex?

    “Garden” may not come to mind when you think of the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, but the areas around buildings N and F are currently evolving into a great place to learn about plants that work well in our area.

    One of the wonderful things about having a local garden is I get to plant things and see how they perform. That’s what we’re doing with the collection of crape myrtles that’s up to about 40 or so now, and you’ll find all 23 of the Encore azalea selections plus lots of other trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.

  • Plant feature: Hellebores, Christmas rose and Lenten rose

    Driving around and visiting various gardens, I treasure the times I am able to find Hellebores tucked away in gardens. They are quite interesting and have a unique flower display.

    One of the best things about the plant is it is deer resistant. That is probably due to the toxins contained in its leaves.

    Tony Avent from Plant Delights Nursery has provided some interesting information about hellebores. I have included some excerpts from Tony, which has been edited for this column.

  • Pre-spring lawn care: Part II of a two-part series on lawns

    First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener hotline has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.