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Today's News

  • Colorful plants for your garden

    Ask most people what they really want in a garden and they’ll say “color” right after they say “low maintenance.”

    What they really mean is they want something that looks great every day of the year and requires no work. I can’t help you much with that “no work” thing, but right now is a wonderful time for color in the garden.

  • Intoxicating fragrances can bring bliss, attract pollinators

    A garden full of intoxicating fragrances can bring you bliss as well as attract pollinators. The scent of certain blooms can attract beneficial insects while simultaneously repelling insect pests.

    What are the best scents for me to plant in my garden? The answer is you should collect the scents that have the most meaning for you.

    Just a whiff of lilies, jasmine, or angel trumpets can bring back pleasant memories of times past. Make the smell and memory link work for you and use your olfactory senses when making your choices of garden additions.

  • Grissett-Bookout

    Jennifer Claire Grissett and Matthew Scott Bookout of Shallotte were married May 16 by the lake at his parents’ home.

    The Rev. James Taylor officiated the double ring ceremony.

    The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter Grissett of Supply. The groom is the son of Scott and Janet Bookout of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father to the trains of “The Wedding March” on bagpipes.

  • Allbrittons

    Marvin B. and Dianah L. Allbritton will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 7. They were married June 7, 1969, in Orlando, Fla. They have retired to Ash. They are planning a weekend getaway to celebrate their anniversary. Their daughter, the late Kari Leigh Allbritton, was killed in an accident in April 1992. They have two sons. Their son Kevin Bert Allbritton lives in St. Cloud, Fla., with Heather Langville and their four children. Their son Kristopher John Allbritton with his wife Rachel Allbritton and his son live in Marietta, Ga.

  • Life sometimes forces us to come face-to-face with its fragility

    We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?

  • Spring season leaves plenty of memories

    Some lasting moments from the high school spring sports season:

    Perfect in conference: The North Brunswick baseball team finished 12-0 in the Waccamaw Conference and advanced to the fourth round of state playoffs. The South Brunswick girls’ soccer team finished unbeaten in the Waccamaw Conference and advanced to the second round of the playoffs.

  • West Brunswick foe, Eastern Wayne, finishes second at state finals

    Lake Norman built a big lead and then held off Eastern Wayne 8-7 Saturday in the third and final game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association 3-A baseball championship series at Five County Stadium.

    Among the teams Eastern Wayne beat to reach the series was West Brunswick, winning 6-4 in the fourth round.

  • McCumbee finishes 13th at Texas Motor Speedway

    After two sets of pit stops throughout the race for the crew to work on the handling of the tiwi Chevrolet, Chad McCumbee was able to hold on to an ill-handling truck to finish 13th at Texas Motor Speedway Friday night.

    McCumbee started seventh and quickly moved up to fourth in the opening laps of the race. But fighting a tight chassis that was putting additional stress on the right front tire, McCumbee remained patient on the track until the first round of pit stops, which came under yellow following a caution on lap 40 of the 167-lap event.

  • Holden Beach agrees to fund back-up sewer equipment costs

    HOLDEN BEACH—Town commissioners have approved transferring $80,000 from the capital project fund to buy sewer equipment to use in the event of equipment failure.

    At Tuesday’s board meeting, the board voted unanimously to pay for the back-up equipment after discussing the matter in a budget meeting earlier in the day.

  • Local annexation foes fight against Progress Energy bill

    SOUTHPORT—An anti-annexation group is speaking out against a bill pending in the state legislature that would exempt Progress Energy from paying city taxes on most of its Brunswick Nuclear Plant for the next 65 years, in exchange for annexing 5 acres of the utility’s property.