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Today's News

  • Crowds turn out for garden tour and tea party

    Beautiful weather and beautiful gardens brought out more than 400 visitors to The Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour and Tea Party at Winding River Plantation on Saturday, April 25.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Coastal Garden Club and the Winding River Garden Club, featured 13 Winding River gardens, providing members and visitors with a chance to see how homeowners met gardening site challenges.

  • Cooking a beef eye of round is as simple as 1-2-3: Pre-heat, season and roast

    Have you ever brought home a cut of meat and wondered, “How am I going to cook this?” The occasion arose a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and she and my wife went grocery shopping. They came home with, among other things, a beef eye of round and asked me if I could make it that evening for supper. Not wanting to let them know I had no idea what to do with it, I assured them it would be no problem.

  • Making a garden appealing to birds

    Elly May Clampett from the 1960’s hit situation comedy would be the first to tell you nothing’s better than having lots of critters around. While you might not have enough wealth borne of “Texas tea” to invite all of Elly’s exotic animals into your garden, it’s relatively easy to create a great space that’s “for the birds.”

  • Tips for being a steward of the environment

    Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs, and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides. When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

  • Maintain your cool around a bunch of bees

    Busy bees keeping you busy?

    We have had some recent cold weather for this time of year and that may cause honeybees to seek out a new space to accommodate them. In the early spring, honeybee colonies may become overcrowded and then the bees send out a pheromone scent to alert the colony they need to move to another location. Unfortunately, they may end up somewhere inside your house or they may swarm to a nearby tree or shrub waiting for the scout bees to tell them where their next home will be.

  • Hopkinses celebrate 50 years

    Upon their return from a 16-day cruise to Europe, Florence and Bob Hopkins of Shallotte celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary May 9 with a renewal of their vows at St. Brendan's Catholic Church.

  • There is something powerful about 'hangin' in'

    In the midst of all the dire news these days, television commentators, newspaper and magazine articles, Joe and Jane Q. Public all seem to be concentrating on the power of “hangin’ in.”

  • Murder-for-hire suspect paroled

    After serving less than five years of his 21-year prison sentence for murder, David Trent Evans has been paroled.

    Evans, 45, of Ash, who pleaded guilty to second-degree murder in September 2004 as part of a murder-for-hire scheme, was paroled April 30 as part of the state’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP.)

    According to North Carolina Department of Corrections records, Evans is in Brunswick County.

  • County approves refinancing bond terms

    BOLVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners on Monday approved refinancing about $25 million worth of bonds.

    County finance director Ann Hardy said the approval refinanced the county’s rate, but did not extend the term of any of the bonds.

    “It appears that savings are in the range of about $700,000 over the life of the bond,” Hardy said, which comes to about $70,000 in savings per year.

  • Bridge jumper costs taxpayers thousands; charged with filing a false report

    OAK ISLAND—Oak Island Fire Chief John House said the man who jumped off Oak Island Bridge last Friday cost taxpayers between $15,000-$20,000. Police Chief Van Eddinger said the stunt probably cost closer to $30,000.

    While the total price tag of 22-year-old Samuel Weston Holley’s jump from the Oak Island Bridge into the Intracoastal Waterway has not been tallied, Holley has been charged with filing a false police report.