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Today's News

  • Sandpiper Bay continues renovations

    I like to hear about positive actions taken by our golf communities in the face of a down economy. It shows a belief in the long-term viability and profitability of the golf industry in Brunswick County.

    Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club is in the second phase of renovating it course. Last year, it installed new MiniVerde Ultradwarf Bermudagrass on the Sand Nine. This summer, the process is continuing on the Piper Nine.

    Tim Tilma, the general manager of Sandpiper Bay, is delighted the ownership of the golf course complex is continuing with the renovation.

  • Investigation yields one arrest, 61 seized marijuana plants

    The Drug Enforcement Unit seized 61 marijuana plants and made one arrest after an investigation in the Holden Beach area.

    Drug agents seized 61 marijuana plants growing in a wooded area off Hazelnut Drive. An investigation led agents to 1129 Bluefish St. in Holden Beach, where they found three ounces of marijuana, grow material, seven additional marijuana plants, a 72-plant seed bed and related drug paraphernalia at the Bluefish residence.

  • South Carolina woman arrested for hiring man to kill estranged Shallotte husband

    SALLEY, S.C.—A South Carolina woman was arrested June 9, accused of hiring a man to murder her estranged husband and his son, both of whom live in Shallotte.

    According to U.S. Attorney Walter Wilkins, 42-year-old Judy W. Dickson, of Salley, S.C., allegedly agreed to pay a man $10,000 plus expenses to burn the Shallotte home of Raymon Dickson and his son Ryan “Bugaboo” Dickson while they slept inside the home.

    But the man who agreed to carry out Judy Dickson’s plan instead notified Raymon Dickson and the FBI.

  • County adopts $198.6 million budget with no tax increase, no benefit reductions

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have unanimously approved a $198.6 million budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no reductions in staff, tax increases or reduction in benefits.

    To do that, however, the county is using $3.8 million from its fund balance, or savings account, something commissioners warned might result in cuts next year if the economy doesn’t turn around.

  • County confirms two adult cases of H1N1

    The Brunswick County Health Department has been informed of two cases of confirmed H1N1 novel virus in adults, one in Winnabow, another in Bolivia.

    The victims have been treated and asked to voluntarily stay at home for seven days, officials say.

    “We know the H1N1 virus is in our area. Seasonal flu is almost over so we will assume any person with flu-like symptoms has H1N1. There really is no need to test. The treatment is the same no matter which strain,” Brunswick County Health Director Don Yousey said this week.

  • Team Effort volunteers roll up their sleeves to help

    They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.

    Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.

    The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.

  • Federal grand jury reviews Easley's, family's travel records

    The same day a federal grand jury convened in Raleigh to scrutinize former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley’s travel records, Gov. Bev Perdue implemented a new policy for maintaining travel records.

    On May 20, when a federal grand jury assembled at the Terry Sanford Federal Building in Raleigh to review travel records subpoenaed through the N.C. State Highway Patrol, Perdue ordered the state departments of Crime Control and Public Safety and Highway Patrol to implement new required travel records retention for security details assigned to the governor and lieutenant governor.

  • Botanical garden sights: Plants put on a daily show at Brunswick Botanical Gardens

    One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • Cooler temperatures bring pests to the local landscape

    The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • Fruits and foliage may be dinner; beware of the Japanese beetle: Part I

    As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series: