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Today's News

  • Summer tourist season slow but improving; TDA approves new budget

    The Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority has approved its $1.02 million budget for 2009-2010 and plans to OK additional funds to print more visitors’ guides within the next few months to keep up with demand.

    Calls to the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority seeking visitors’ guides have increased over the past couple of months, TDA Executive Director Mitzi York told authority members Tuesday after they approved the budget.

  • Calabash OKs letter of intent for land exchange agreement with fire department

    CALABASH—Town commissioners have unanimously approved a letter of intent for a property exchange agreement with the Calabash Fire Department.

    The agreement hinges on whether a federal stimulus grant is awarded to build a new central fire station.

    The vote came at a specially called meeting Monday.

    Fire department board chairman Jennings Edge and former fire chief Karl Bennett outlined conceptual drawings for a new station planned for location on town-owned property on Persimmon Road next to the town maintenance building.

  • Carolina Shores commissioners approve budget 4-1

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have approved a balanced $1,422,798 budget for fiscal year 2009-2010 with no tax increase.

    Approval came following a June 2 budget hearing.

    The town tax rate remains the same at 8 cents per $100 valuation.

    “The bottom line is it didn’t change,” town clerk Lisa Anglin said following the board of commissioners’ monthly meeting.

    The budget is down slightly, about 4 percent less than the current fiscal budget of $1,475,844 adopted last year.

    The new budget year takes effect July 1.

  • N.C. 179 at new bridge targeted for re-opening by Fourth of July

    Bridge work on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach is nearing completion and may be finished by the Fourth of July, an NCDOT official said Monday.

    David Candela, project engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the contractor is paving the north side of the road leading to the newly built bridge at Jennies Branch, then will add curbing and guardrails.

    Paving and guardrail installation will follow next on the south or Ocean Isle side of the new bridge.

  • Heart-stealer as big as Texas

    A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • Looking through those lumps of coal: Not-so-great crape myrtles

    I’ve loved crape myrtles since I ran over my mother’s tiny William Toovey with the lawn mower back in 1969. Forty years later, that plant is a gorgeous, 15-foot by 15-foot specimen. It’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.

    But every group of plants that includes so many diamonds always has some lumps of coal–—poorly adapted for many reasons. Here are some selections of crape myrtle you should avoid.

  • On the gardening front: Insects and diseases are building up in local gardens

    Insects and diseases are the scourges of summer for gardeners across North Carolina. We are beginning to see lots of insects and diseases in the landscape building up at this time.

    Insects

  • Beware of the Beetle: Part II--Controlling the problem

    Now that we understand the biology and life cycle of the Japanese beetle, let’s get serious and talk about control.

    Commercial preparations of the Bacilluspopilliae (milky spore disease) offer some control as a long-lasting soil treatment. These spores infect and kill Japanese beetle grubs. The spores are then released into the soil and infect other grubs as they come in contact with the bacterial spores.

  • Carter-Parrish

    Amanda Mari Carter and Steven Parrish Jr. were married May 2 at Orton Plantation Gardens with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Bill and Rhoda Carter of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Steve and Sabrina Parrish of Supply.

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

    She wore a white satin Jasmine couture gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline, embellished with beading of pearls and rhinestones on the bodice and cathedral-length train.

  • Calabash cat

    Calabash cat

    Harriet Thompson, an employee at Waterfront Ice Cream and Coffee House in Calabash, visits with a friendly cat that visits the waterfront every day. Thompson buys special treats for the neutered feline.