Today's News

  • Literacy Council to host 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee

    If you can spell words like “aficionado” and “doppelganger,” you might have what it takes to win the 20th annual Adult Spelling Bee.

    Hosted by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, the annual spelling bee will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Teams consist of two people, and the entry fee is $200 per team. Proceeds will go toward the operation and services of the Literacy Council.

  • Economic impact of domestic visitors increases .2 percent in 2008

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has announced that visitors to and within Brunswick County spent $392.83 million in 2008, an increase of .2 percent over 2007.

    Brunswick County continues to rank ninth in North Carolina in travel and tourism economic impact.

    The statistics are from the “2008 Economic Impact Of Travel On North Carolina Counties.” The U.S. Travel Association prepared the study for the North Carolina Division of Tourism, Film and Sports Development.

  • Shallotte's stimulus-funded road project in first stages of construction phase

    SHALLOTTE—Braving the afternoon heat and searing humidity Monday, two North Carolina Department of Transportation employees were at work outside, raising a sign on Holden Beach Road near Shallotte.

    The sign reads, “Putting America Back to Work. Project Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.” It was the second sign erected that day.

  • No 911 logs, incident reports in shooting at senator's home

    TABOR CITY—When Tabor City Police Chief Donald Dowless answered his cell phone around 5 p.m. Sunday, he says state Sen. R.C. Soles, Jr.  was on the other end requesting police at his Canal Street home.

    It was around 5 p.m. Sunday, District Attorney Rex Gore said, that Soles allegedly shot one of two men who were on his property.

  • CDC recommendations for H1N1 prevention

    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends taking the following actions to protect yourself from the H1N1 flu:

    •Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

    •Wash your hands often with soap and water, especially after you cough or sneeze. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.

    •Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.

    •Try to avoid close contact with sick people.

  • Health Department to begin seasonal flu vaccines Sept. 1

    BOLIVIA—The Brunswick County Health Department will begin administering vaccines for the regular seasonal flu offered each year on Tuesday, Sept. 1. The seasonal flu vaccine will not protect people from the H1N1 flu, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director at the Brunswick County Health Department, said.

    There are no restrictions from the Centers from Disease Control and Prevention for seasonal flu vaccines, and anyone can receive the shot.

  • Can Mars ever be as big as a full moon?

    You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”

    Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.

    It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”

  • A great plant success story: Encore performance for evergreen azaleas

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-three selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the forms and flower colors.

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Dealing with the 'dog days' of summer; avoid the heat

    The primary tip for this month is to avoid the heat. There will be better temperatures for gardening someday. The same 95-degree temperature you tolerate one day can give you heat exhaustion on another day; or more likely, the same temperature you tolerated as a kid can lay you out as an older adult.

    A headache and an upset stomach could be warning signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can be reversed if you cool off and rest.

  • Centipedegrass horrors Part II: Integrated disease management

    Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on Large Patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus.

    To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of a nitrogen fertilizer at four to eight week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations.