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Today's News

  • Health department, schools prepare for H1N1

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department and Brunswick County Schools are preparing for a possible H1N1 influenza outbreak in the schools.

    While people ages 65 and older are more susceptible to the seasonal flu than younger people, H1N1 is different, Cyndi Simmons, nurse director for the Brunswick County Health Department said. The median age of people who have contracted the H1N1 flu is 17 years old.

  • Shallotte sets public hearing on sweepstakes business regulations

    Shallotte aldermen have scheduled a public hearing on new regulations for Internet sweepstakes businesses for 7 p.m. Oct. 6, the board’s next regular meeting.

    The town planning board has recommended the board adopt an ordinance after learning from town staff they have received an increase in zoning applications to establish electronic gaming/sweepstakes businesses.

  • Want to workout and shed pounds? Try the garden

    Two-thirds of the population of the United States is overweight, so lots of us are looking for ways to drop some pounds.

    Most want the quick fix with the latest magic pill or the 21st century equivalent of the grape fruit diet. While losing weight may be difficult, the basic concept is simple: burn more calories than you eat.

    If hanging out at the gym isn’t your cup of tea, try these tasks that will get your heart pumping and help your garden as we move into the cooler months of fall:

  • Stinging and biting pests are looking for cool places to hide

    Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, along comes a host of other biters, stingers and other “ne’er do wells."

    Fire ants are on the prowl and are foraging for food and possibly just trying to get out of the heat and into our air-conditioned homes.

    Fire ants will be building and expanding their mounds throughout the rest of the warm season in preparation for winter. Treat mounds with fire ant baits or other commercially available control products. Please follow label directions for best control.

  • Destroying old crop residue could prevent disease next season

    Individuals not planning to grow a fall garden should make it a practice to rid the garden site of old vegetable crop residue and weeds as soon as possible. Failure to destroy spent vegetable plants will likely increase insect and disease problems next season.

  • Polomis-Mackey

    Jennifer Kathleen Polomis and Kristopher Scott-William Mackey, both of Bratenahl, Ohio, were married June 27 at Brunswick Plantation, with the Rev. John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Michelle J. Polomis and the granddaughter of Dwight and Kathleen Peterson of Shallotte.

    She was given in marriage by her grandparents and escorted by her grandfather.

    The groom is the son of Thomas and Christine Mackey of Concord, Ohio.

  • Milliken-Woodard

    Anna Milliken of Ash and Gary Woodard of Ash were married May 23 at Soldier Bay Baptist Church in Ash, with the Rev. Regan Mintz and the Rev. Charlie Smith officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Terry and Lois Milliken of Ash. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    She wore a strapless white gown by Justin Alexander with sweetheart neckline in soft satin and alencon lace, beaded with sequins and beads with a semi-cathedral-length train and a simple white veil.

    She carried a bouquet of stargazer lilies and hot pink and pale pink roses.

  • Helms

    Larry and Crystal Helms of Supply are the parents of a son, William Joseph Helms, born at 4:45 a.m. June 29 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Grace Helms, 10.

    Maternal grnadparents are Harlee Bordeaux of Supply, the late Douglas L. McKeithan and the late Shirley Bordeaux.

    Paternal grandparents are Larry E. Helms Sr. and Beverly Helms of Supply.

  • Sometimes it's difficult to see the goodness of God's gifts

    Life can be funny. We make plans. God smiles. Stuff happens. How do I know this? I’ve read books that proclaim the fact. I’ve listened to people who have told me stories that verify it. Just this past week, my own life was suddenly, unexpectedly, turned around. All my plans went kaput. That’s how I know it.

  • Commissioners to review resumes for Calabash administrator

    CALABASH—Town commissioners are slated to convene in closed session Thursday to review resumes received for Calabash’s vacant town administrator position.

    As of Monday, the deadline day for applications to be submitted, the town had received 122 resumes, according to interim town administrator Kelley Southward.

    Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons, who called the special meeting slated for 2 p.m. this Thursday, Sept. 3, at Calabash Town Hall, said commissioners have informally begun reviewing applicants’ resumes individually and marking the ones they like.