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Today's News

  • July gardening: plants that can take the summer heat

    Rudbeckias (black-eyed Susans) are members of the large and diverse Asteracea family. They are native only to North America and require only minimal care.

    There are about 25 species, and they can be perennials, biennials or annuals. Most spread by rhizomes (underground stolons) eventually creating clumps that should be divided in spring or fall every four or five years. Biennials will go to seed and self sow. Most rudbeckias prefer full sun in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are pretty much insect and disease free.

  • Dosher Medical Plaza to open in August

    Dosher Memorial Hospital and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have announced the opening of Dosher Medical Plaza, 4222 Long Beach Road.

    This new facility will bring state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and a multi-specialty center closer to the residents of Oak Island, St. James and surrounding communities.

  • Bald Head Island heads for record sea turtle nesting season

    Bald Head Island is currently on track to have its best sea turtle nesting season since 1999, when the island had 108 nests.

    As of July 17, the island had documented 78 loggerhead sea turtle nests with more than a month remaining in the nesting season.

    Last year, Bald Head Island had a 50 loggerhead nests, which was unfortunately representative of the low number of sea turtle nests throughout North Carolina beaches.

  • Students graduate, make UNC-Chapel Hill dean's list

    More than 5,000 students, including 13 from Brunswick County, earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the rain-shortened May 11 commencement ceremony.

    Chancellor James Moeser conferred the degrees of the undergraduates, who were led in the traditional turning of their mortarboard tassels by Senior Class President Ashley Shores.

    The following Brunswick County students earned their degrees:

  • Roberts-Iden

    Keri Leigh Roberts and Bradley Paul Iden, both of Sunset Beach, were married Saturday, May 10, at the Wedding Chapel by the Sea, with Dr. T.E. Grainger officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of William and Carolyn Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Paul and Joann Iden of Warfordsburg, Pa.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    Maid of honor was Jessica Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach, the bride’s sister.

  • Life's chiaroscuro can sometimes be confusing

    She was one of our brightest stars. Graduating among the top students in our class, a philosophic thinker sparked with the poetry of life, she was a tiny person bedecked with the fourragere that decorated her shoulder and noted her scholarly status.

  • UPDATEWeekend weather watch

    Brunswick County Emergency Services Department has released the following weather statement: The position of Tropical Depression #3 was adjusted to the east at the 11am

    advisory. This correction to the position has shifted the projected track of the

    storm further to the east which lessens the threats to Brunswick County. Discussion

    with staff at the National Weather Service has identified the following potential

    threats for our area: gusty winds when showers come through, rain (estimates are

  • Salmonella reported in Brunswick

    One case of the salmonella strain found across the country in tainted tomatoes has been reported in Brunswick County.

    Assistant health director Fred Michael said this week a doctor recently reported a case of Salmonella Saint Paul, which has been linked to infected tomatoes in other states.

    Nationwide, 1,065 cases have been reported, resulting in 205 people hospitalized and one death. Fourteen cases have been reported in North Carolina.

  • It's a lackluster season for shrimping

    VARNAMTOWN—Rain drizzled down Friday afternoon, underscoring the mood of men lolling around picnic tables at Garland’s Fresh Seafood.

    It wasn’t the summer downpour they were lamenting but the economy, highlighted by idle shrimp boats lined up along the Lockwood Folly River behind them.

    “They’re not even working,” Jackie Varnam, who runs the longtime seafood market with her husband, Nicky, said of the shrimpers or former shrimpers killing time on Garland’s patio overlooking the scenic river.

  • Widow sues murder suspects

    Shannon Bradshaw, the widow of slain Realtor Adam Bradshaw, has filed a lawsuit against two suspects charged with her husband’s murder.

    In the lawsuit filed in Brunswick County Superior Court on June 19, Shannon Bradshaw claims murder suspects Craig Bryant and Lora Moultrie, both 46, forged Adam Bradshaw’s signature on a fraudulent quitclaim deed.

    The quitclaim deed reverted property Adam Bradshaw purchased from Bryant in December 2007 back to Bryant, dated Jan. 31, 2008.