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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department receives $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in Federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre announced in a press release Ocean Isle Beach FD will receive funds, along with Sloop Point VFD and Cerro Gordo VFD.

  • West state playoff pairings set

    These are the pairings for West Brunswick’s first-round games of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Class 3A basketball playoffs, as provided by West Brunswick on Feb. 18:
           West girls (13-7)  vs.

  • West, North girls win tourney openers

     

     

    BY MICHAEL PAUL

    SPORTS EDITOR

    West Brunswick started slowly but its defensive pressure sparked a second-quarter rally that help it beat Whiteville 64-43 Monday night in a first-round game of the Waccamaw Conference championship girls’ basketball tournament.

  • Granton-Shellem

    Kellie Jayne Granton and Jon Paul Shellem, both of Wrightsville Beach, were married Oct 4 at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, with the Rev. Penelope Morningstar officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Ken and Sue Granton of Calabash and the granddaughter of Dorothy McGrath of Greensboro. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Jim and Kim Shellem of St. Michaels, Md.

  • Ash man arrested on felony drug charges

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit arrested an Ash man Friday, Feb. 12, after executing a search warrant at his Mill Branch Road home.

    Bryan O. Thomas, 23, of 5013 Mill Branch Road, Ash, was charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver marijuana, maintaining a dwelling to keep a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office booking report.

  • Shallotte appoints Hughes as new town administrator

    The Shallotte Board of Aldermen has appointed longtime public works director Albert Hughes as the town’s new full-time administrator.

    Hughes had been serving in the position on an interim basis since former administrator Paul Sabiston resigned last summer.

  • Southport backs off support for port; authority CEO asks for meeting

    The Southport Board of Aldermen has voted to rescind the town’s support of the N.C. International Terminal project proposed by the N.C. State Ports Authority for 600 acres in the Southport area.

    This week, the mayor and city manager met with the authority’s chief executive to receive an update on the project.

    At least one town official says taking back the resolution of support is what it took to get the authority’s attention.

  • Look for Venus to move into view

    Here is a riddle of astronomical proportions to solve. What is larger than the moon by many times, is found in the northern sky, never sets, the light emitted by this object is of the brightest type, it is the youngest of its kind and looking up you will not even see it?

    I will give you the answer later after we covered some other great heavenly features in this month’s sky. First, let us review the planets in the sky; we lose some, we gain some.

  • Even gardens need a little nip and tuck over time

    As we get to a “certain age,” all of those things that we once thought mildly amusing begin to make sense.

    Those reading glasses propped on the end of your nose? Nobody can really see that tiny print, can they? A little Botox on those forehead furrows might be just the trick. And, I don’t know anyone who actually loves (or even likes) love handles. Maybe some liposuction is in order.

    Plant people aren’t immune to the ravages of time that are reflected in the mirror. We just apply many of those same criticisms to our gardens.

  • Camellias need care to avoid Sclerotinia flower blight

    The blooming season for camellias is upon us, which is a time we need to look closely at these colorful plants. When camellias are blooming, they are most susceptible to the disease called Sclerotinia flower blight. This blight affects only the open blossom and does not threaten the health of the plant.