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Today's News

  • Earth Angels trike for heart health

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • The giraffe next to an engagement ring

    A giraffe next to an engagement ring? No, this is not a clue from a truly strange scavenger hunt, or two items from a strange shopping list. They are, however, two interesting star formations in the evening sky and are relatively easy to see.

    The giraffe is not a well-known group of stars; you may recall the group from the Latin name, Camelopardalis. The second grouping, the engagement ring, includes a famous star, Polaris. These two star arrangements have an interesting past.

  • Are you tired of centipede? Try zoysia

    Old Man Winter has been relentless this year, but I always know spring is close when I see the Amazoy advertisement in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper.

    While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Meyer zoysia grass plugs they are selling, there are better zoysias available now. Crowne, Empire, Zenith and newer selections like JaMur and Zeon spread more aggressively and maintain good to excellent color through the summer.

  • Turfgrass fertilization time? Not necessarily

    The Master Gardener info line is receiving calls concerning lawn fertilization and weed and feed.

    March is not the time to fertilize turfgrass varieties grown here. March is usually the time your local garden centers begin major advertising campaigns to sell lawn fertilizers. For the types of grasses grown in this area, make sure it’s the right time to feed your lawn. In general, the best time to fertilize a lawn here is when it is actively growing. That is usually May at the earliest.

    Fescue should be fed in the fall

  • Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits filed against Brunswick developer

    Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits against a prominent Brunswick County developer have been filed in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    The lawsuits, filed Feb. 4 and Feb. 22, list multiple plaintiffs, many of whom purchased properties in Mark Saunders’ developments Seawatch at Sunset Harbor and Ocean Isle Palms.

    The two lawsuits were filed on the heels of a December 2009 lawsuit filed on behalf of property owners in another Saunders’ development, Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • ELECTION 2010 Burr seeks second term in U.S. Senate; faces primary competition

    Eleven candidates have filed for office hoping to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., filed for re-election for his second term in Washington, D.C.

    In the May 2010 Primary Election, Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, will be challenged by three fellow Republicans vying for the GOP nomination—Larry Linney of Charlotte, Brad Jones of Toxaway, and Eddie Burks of Ashboro.

  • ELECTION 2010 Three Republicans vie to challenge incumbent Democrat for U.S. House

    Three Republicans, two of whom are Iraq war veterans, are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republicans Randy Crow, of Kelly, and Ilario Pantano, of Wilmington, who filed for office Feb. 24, joined fellow Republican Will Breazeale, who filed for office Feb. 12.

    Pantano and Breazeale are both Iraq war veterans.

  • 'Cashing in on Tourism' topic of March 9 Joint Economic Growth Summit 2010

    Weekend tourists are turning into lifetime residents, bringing $30 billion annually to the economy in the Carolinas. Brunswick County is no exception.

    The University of North Carolina Wilmington and Coastal Carolina University are teaming up to co-host a Joint Economic Growth Summit to explore the lasting benefits of tourism on the local economy and the phenomenon of the “turbo-tourist,” according to a UNCW news release.

    Brunswick County’s statistics will be part of the program.

  • ELECTION 2010 Former school board member to run for county commissioner

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Ray Gilbert has filed to run for a seat on the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners.

    Gilbert, who served on the Brunswick County Board of Education from 2004-2008, will be the Libertarian candidate in November’s General Election for county commissioner in District 1.

  • Local graduates of the Methodist Orphanage organize benefit fashion show

    Brunswick County residents Evelyn Callahan Cates and Rom Hardin met as children at the Methodist Orphanage in Raleigh. There, they learned hard work, self-sufficiency and the importance of friendships.

    They say they received an education that has lasted a lifetime.

    “We really learned how to work,” Cates said recently. “We had a farm off campus we worked on…We had our own school.”

    “It was great,” recalled Hardin.