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Today's News

  • Gaming rules, park property buy approved in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town Council on Monday approved an amendment allowing electronic gaming operations as a special use permissible on appeal to the town board of adjustment.

    Four conditions must be met, including an off-street parking requirement of one space per gaming machine and one per employee on the largest shift. The town will add a definition for electronic gaming operation, including additional, in-depth information from town administrator Gary Parker to explain this type of business.

    The town ordinance currently doesn’t address this type of use.

  • An artificial crater and a trio of planets are just a few of October's celestial highlights

    On Oct. 9, the moon will get a new crater. The crater will not come from the normal source, such as a meteor hitting the surface. This time the crater will be an artificial depression.

    The crater will be just a bit of cosmic surgery on the face of the old man in the moon, just below his chin.

    The real reason for the new crater is to answer the age-old question: “Just how much water is on the moon?” The estimated quantity of water is believed to be 32 ounces per ton of top layer soil; equating to the driest Earth desert.

  • Using small, short trees to enhance garden landscaping, water features and garden art

    You can tie the landscape together with short, squat trees. Another problem commonly encountered when designing small spots is finding a way to provide low, space-conscious structure with trees that carry the bulk of their mass below eye level.

    These trees are often important in tying together the landscape and connecting it to water features, garden art, and hardscaping. Their low visual center of gravity—typically from squat or weeping shapes­—makes this possible.

  • Danford

    Richie and Carrie Danford of Shallotte announce the birth of sons Thomas Abram and William Edward Danford. They were born on Aug. 6 at Grand Strand Medical Center.

    Thomas, born at 9:32 a.m., weighed 5 pounds, 5 ounces and was 19.5 inches long. William, born at 9:34 a.m., weighed 5 pounds and was 18 inches long.

    They are joined at home by a sister, 3-year-old Rachel Danielle.

  • Camellias--another old southern favorite blooming in a garden near you

    Early October marks the beginning of the season for an old southern garden favorite—camellia.

    It blooms in shades of red, pink and white open on large, evergreen shrubs with glossy, dark-green foliage. The flowers you’re seeing now are what the locals call “sasanquas” or just the “fall camellias.”

    Throughout the winter and into early spring, the common camellia (Camellia japonica) provides a show with blooms that are so perfect they could be computer-generated.

  • Walking life's path is a journey of togetherness

    Years ago, my husband was given a piece of advice that was comforting and challenging. When he spoke of a family dilemma, a friend told him to pray for someone to cross his relative’s path. Pray for the emergence of a person who would effect a change that was beyond the family’s ability. He did. The person appeared. Change began.

  • Hall of fame career inspiration for a novel

    This is a continuation of the story about Paul Swartz, a Shallotte resident recently inducted into the Musselman High School (Inwood, W.Va.) Hall of Fame. The story in the Oct. 1 edition highlighted his athletics career. This story is about his coaching career, political career and new career as a novelist.

    COACH SWARTZ

    From 1960-95, Swartz was a teacher, a coach and an administrator. He began his teaching career at Harpers Ferry (W.Va.) High School in 1960. He coached basketball, baseball and football, often working out with his players.

  • Lady Trojans sweep rivals

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The West Brunswick volleyball team gained a tie for first in the Waccamaw Conference by beating league leader South Brunswick 25-19, 25-13, 25-22 Sept. 29.

    The victory avenged West’s only defeat as it improved to 6-1 in the conference.

    South, which played the third game without injured hitter Rheanna Lawson, is 8-5 overall.

  • Valerio paces West to another victory

    LELAND—The West Brunswick boys’ cross-country team won its third meet of the season Sept. 29 at North Brunswick.

    Roberto Valerio paced the Trojans to victory with a first-place finish in a personal-best time of 18 minutes, 53 seconds.

    Valerio beat North’s Nic Merritt by three seconds.

    West finished with 28 points, South 53, North 56 and West Bladen 113.

    West had four other runners in the top 10: Ronnie Dellinger was fourth in 20:17, Juan Gonzalez fifth in 20:20, Jason Huff eighth in 20:43 and John Frink 10th in 21:03.

  • South tennis team beats West

    Summer Phillips and the South Brunswick girls’ tennis team stayed perfect by winning three duals last week. The Cougars beat West Brunswick 8-1 Sept. 29, Cape Fear’s B team 8-1 Sept. 30 and West Bladen 9-0 Oct. 1.

    South is 7-0 in the conference, 10-0 overall.