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Today's News

  • Fall ornamental vegetables and herbs for your garden

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • N.C. youth attend horticulture convention

    From landscaping a roof to delving into the details of sweet potato production, youth from North Carolina traveled to California to share their favorite plant stories at the 77th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s annual convention in San Diego.
    Twenty-four youth and adults formed the North Carolina delegation brought their best plant knowledge to bear on a series of contests designed to test communication and problem solving skills.

  • Invasive plants upset balance and have the potential to spread everywhere

    Have you ever taken a walk through the woods and noticed the same invasive plant covering the entire ground? Why do some weeds thrive so well that it seems they could take over the world?
    Some common invasive species you may be familiar with are kudzu, wisteria, privet, ivy, and even Bradford pears. Small forest openings, forest road right of ways, and areas under and beside forest canopies are often occupied by invasive non-native plants. If you live near one of these spaces, you may be battling noxious weeds.

  • Although considered a fruit, a fig is actually an inverted flower

    My sister lives in southern California and always has an abundance of juicy, ripe figs. Every once in a while, she’ll call me and ask if I have any good recipes for using up all her figs. I have three fig trees and probably get about 40-50 figs out of all them. Not much compared to 150 or so from each of her many fig trees.
    If you don’t have any fresh figs for these recipes, don’t worry. Though fig season here was finished weeks ago, most local markets have jars of fresh figs. Even the dried variety work quite well.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage on East First Street; suspect entered a residence and took a flat-screen TV.

    •Joe Mason Brown, 19, of 10172 Beach Drive, Calabash, was arrested for breaking and entering, felonious larceny and property damage.

  • Community briefs

    New library books
    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
    NON-FICTION
    “Hemingway’s Boat” by Paul Hendrickson. A stunningly original and deeply gripping contribution to our understanding of this great American writer, published 50 years after his death.
    FICTION
    “Those Across The River” by Christopher Buchlman. This debut novel is wonderfully eerie from start to finish.

  • Shallotte Crime Report

    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    •Credit card fraud at Belk; suspect fraudulently used the victim’s credit card without permission.

    •Disturbance at Taco Bell; suspect entered an unmarked restricted area.

    •Shoplifting at Food Lion; suspect took steaks without paying.

  • Staggered start survey shows unfavorable reviews

    BOLIVIA—Implemented to save teaching positions, the new staggered-start schedule drew opposition from parents and teachers as the board of education hosted a hearing to gather input about the new schedule.

    The cost savings from staggering elementary, middle and high school start times is between $500,00 and $550,000, or roughly 10 teaching positions, superintendent Edward Pruden said.

    The new school day is 7:45 a.m. to 2:50 p.m. for elementary students, 8:50 a.m. to 3:55 p.m. for middle school students and 8:55 a.m. to 3:50 p.m. for high school students.

  • Shock opens playoffs with victory

    The Shallotte Shock U12 girls’ soccer team won its opening playoff game Saturday 2-1 against Pleasure Island Soccer Association The Shock scored its goals off corner kicks.
    Hayley Giordano sent the first kick high over many defenders and into the center of the goal box and Greer Josselyn ran in and redirected the ball off her body and into the goal.
    On the second corner kick, Giordano again sent a kick directly across the goal and this time Mia Adcock came running into the box and had the ball hit off her chest and into the goal.

  • Brunswick ministers group addresses board of education

    BOLIVIA—A group of area ministers say they have some serious concerns about the Brunswick County Board of Education and some administrators.

    Representing the Brunswick County Ministerial Alliance, the Rev. Anthony Gause addressed board members Tuesday night.

    “I come before this board to express some great concerns about the lack of compassion and consistent practices of the board of education and the administration,” Gause said.