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  • Computer terminal open at county complex for viewing county e-mails

    BOLIVIA—It just became easier to access public records at the Brunswick County Government Complex.

    All e-mails sent to and from county employees, except for those e-mails marked private, will automatically be forwarded to a computer terminal set up for public viewing, county attorney Huey Marshall said.

    State, county and municipal employees and elected officials are subject to the North Carolina Public Records Law, which encompasses all correspondence, including e-mails.

  • When they're not superstars: Plants that 'don’t get no respect'

    It’s easy to get excited about the superstars of the garden—roses, crape myrtles, azaleas and gardenias. When their time to shine arrives, it’s greeted with ooh’s and aah’s from all fortunate enough to bask in their glory. But what about the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the plant world that just “don’t get no respect?"

  • Mulches help us proceed down the path of 'green' living

    Some issues of mulching seem to always crop up each year. Some people are afraid they may attract undesirables—namely termites. Before we proceed on the “path of green living,” let’s revisit what Mike Waldvogel, extension specialist from N.C. State, has to say about the use of mulch and the presence of termites:

    The bottom line

  • Centipedegrass horrors Part I: Grasses susceptible to disease

    It is that time of year when the Master Gardener information phone starts to ring off the hook. Homeowners who have centipedegrass in their yards realize there is something wrong with the grass. It is dying in places, usually in a circular pattern.

    Centipede, as well as the other three warm season grasses, are susceptible to a disease referred to as large patch. It is a difficult disease to control and can usually only be controlled from late August-October.

  • Brown-Parker

    Mary Stephanie Brown and Albert Hemingway Parker III were married April 4 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    The Rev. Richard Vaughan of Shallotte officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown of Supply and the granddaughter of Mary Simmons and Frances Brown of Supply and the late Rudy Simmons and Stanton Brown.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Parker of Supply and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parker of Supply, Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.

  • Buffkin-Davis

    Crystal Nicole Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and Graham James Davis of Shallotte were married June 20 at First Baptist Church of Shallotte, with Dr. Robert Weathers officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Frances Buffkin of Longwood. The groom is the son of Bobby and Connie Davis of Shallotte.

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

    She wore a satin, A-line gown with a beaded, embroidered metallic boddice and inverted-V empire, cathedral-length train.

  • Hewett-Killian

    Jancy LaDane Hewett of Supply and Colvin Eugene Killian of Hickory were married June 13 at Dutchman Creek Park in Southport, with the Rev. Mark Owens officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Hewett of Supply and the granddaughter of Tracy and Dorothy Brown of Supply and the late Huey P. Hewett, W.B. Mintz and the late Virginia Mintz of Ash and Norris and Doris Hewett of Shallotte.

  • Where is the reality in today's reality shows?

    Whenever I write scriptural reflections, I begin by praying to God I might receive the word God wishes to impart—to me and to all who read my work. That is not usually the case with my newspaper columns. Typically, an idea or word or phrase or sentence pops into my mind and away I go. With God’s good grace, I rarely come up empty, but it does happen. It happened the week I began this column.

  • Piney Grove chief hired to head Calabash Volunteer Fire Department

    CALABASH—Randy Bork, chief of Piney Grove Fire and Rescue Department in Kernersville in Forsyth County, has been hired as new chief of the Calabash Volunteer Fire Department.

    Bork’s hiring was to be officially approved at a fire department board meeting Tuesday night.

    Bork, 55, replaces former fire chief Carl Naecker, who resigned July 24 after nearly a year on the job.

  • Leland No. 2 in Series; No. 1 in achievement

    The goal of athletes and teams is to win, not to finish second. But that all-or-nothing goal can diminish accomplishments that deserve to be recognized.

    Leland’s Dixie Youth Baseball Majors teams (12-year-olds) finished second last week in the World Series in Laurel, Miss.

    Leland, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament, dominated the tournament for all but one inning. South Carolina scored 10 runs in the final inning of the championship game Aug. 13 to beat Leland 12-9 and win the World Series.