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Today's News

  • Unemployment rate increases slightly; state program aims to retrain workers

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew slightly in June, up from 10.8 to 11 percent. Officials are hoping that will change when local job seekers apply for a state program that pays tuition and fees to retrain them for new careers.

    Brunswick County’s Employment Security Commission (ESC) Director, Eli Smith, said recently that, in June, more high school and college students began seeking employment, adding to the number of jobseekers that outnumber the available jobs.

    “The availability has not kept pace with the number of people,” Smith said.

  • The economy will be the legacy of the Obama administration

    When it is all said and done, President Obama’s legacy will not be defined by the success or failure of implementing a sound healthcare program. The economy will be his Waterloo or Normandy.

    Reasonable housing, energy and food costs, stable employment and a comfortable retirement income are the major concerns of most Americans.

  • Turf troubles: It's difficult to grow turf grass in North Carolina

    If you haven’t already figured it out, southeastern North Carolina is one of the worst places in the world to grow turf grasses. We sometimes have winter temperatures that cause injury to warm-season grasses like centipede and St. Augustine. It’s just too blasted hot in the summer for even the most heat-tolerant, cool-season grasses like tall fescue to survive. Throw in weeds, ground pearls, high pH, large patch, dollar spot, chinch bugs and all of the other issues and you have tough turf growing conditions.

  • Getting past the summer doldrums and knowing what your plants need

    Heat indexes are high and causing plants to flop from the hot dry “oven-like air.” Be sure to check your watering needs for your plants especially any new plantings. Here are some other timely tips for this time of year:

    Pruning

    For additional flowering, deadheading some of your favorite flowers now may force them to bloom again in the fall.

  • Tips for keeping your garden green and chemical-free

    I am not talking about lawn here; I am talking about keeping our gardens free of unnecessary chemicals, saving energy and capturing and storing carbon. Extra water consumption, fertilizers and pesticides routinely used to coddle gardens account for large amounts of energy use along with carbon emissions. There are many simple and fairly easy steps we can all take to save energy and capture and store carbon in our gardens. The cool part of this endeavor is that we will also be lowering our energy bills as well as our physical labor.

  • Burcham

    Josh and Emily Burcham of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Emma Ann Burcham, born at 9:45 a.m. June 29 at Betty Clemons Wemont Children’s Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are John and Juli Rhodes of Shallotte and Tim and Tommy King of Ohio.

    Paternal grandparents are Kimberly and Bobby Burcham of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Emma Sonborn, Sue Sowers and Donnie Sowers, all of Ohio, Becky and Charlie Ray Singleton Jr. of Bullock, and Barbara and Johnnie Ray Gore of Winnabow.

  • Berry

    Amanda Knight and Jared Berry of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Faye Elizabeth Berry, born at 2:23 p.m. June 7 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Michelle Bifano and Dennis Knight of North Carolina.

    Paternal grandmother is Tina Bowen of South Carolina.

    Great-grandparents are Sharon Knight and Dennis Knight of Supply and Joan Bowen and Nick Bowen of South Carolina.

    Great-great-grandparents are Leo and Louise Hewett of Supply.

  • Wisdom emanates from a life of solitude

    When my granddaughter decided on a solo visit with the “old folks,” she likely had no idea what would occur. Neither did we!

    The ground rules were set by Grandmother Dear. First of all, the distinction was made between a visit and a vacation. It was clarified that visiting meant entering into the lives of the host family. Vacationing meant filling the time with fun things to do and see.

  • Brunswick eliminated from World Series in one-run loss

    SENECA, S.C.—A one-run loss eliminated Brunswick County on Sunday from the Dixie Boys Baseball World Series.

    Despite home runs by Markel Jones and Travis Oliver, Amelia, Va., beat Brunswick, representing North Carolina, 6-5.

    “Obviously, I wish we could have done better,” manager Randall Morrison said. “These were a great bunch of young men to be associated with. All the coaching staff enjoyed being around them.”

    Against Virginia, Brunswick scored in the first and Oliver homered in the second.

  • What have you done for freedom of information and open government today?

    For no other reason I can discern other than being Irish-Catholic, my father raised my brother and I as strict Notre Dame football fans. Though I have yet to watch a game beneath the watchful gaze of Touchdown Jesus in South Bend, Ind., I have seen the Fighting Irish win twice in person.

    The influence Notre Dame football had on my life went far beyond the football field, though it actually had little to do with football. Sports played a huge role in my life and my brother’s life growing up.