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Today's News

  • Ward birth

    Aaron Scott Ward and Rachel N. Swain Ward Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Evan Josiah Ward, born at 11:33 a.m. July 13 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He joins a brother, Joseph Liam, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain and Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; and Daniel and Mattie Ward and Herbert and Mary Ward, all of Whiteville.

  • South to speak at Brunswick Town

    Archaeologist and storyteller Dr. Stanley South will share his historically significant findings with the public at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s program, “Can You Dig It? A Day with Stanley South: Archaeologist, Storyteller and Author” from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

  • Caring for your garden through August

    By Judy Koehly

    We all know we must select and plant specimens according to light, soil and water requirements. This is basic, but excellent advice upon which all gardens should be based. But a heat wave, a dry spell, too little or too much sun and even imperfect soil will quickly create chaos in the garden. 

    Now is a great time to check out how your garden is working with the climate. In your sunlit garden, does a plant quickly wilt? Does it look exhausted by mid-day? 

  • Certain azaleas offer an ‘Encore’ performance

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be the Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-four selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the different forms and flower colors. 

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Community briefs

    Crisis Center seeks volunteers

    The Rape Crisis Center of Brunswick County provides 24/7 crisis response for victims of sexual assault in the community and volunteers play an important role in making sure those services can be offered.

    Volunteer training is being offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Lunch will be provided. If interested in attending, contact Deanna Stoker at 754-7949 or e-mail dstoker@coastalhorizons.org.

    Thrift Shop needs donations

  • Quilts on display at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport

    The Oak Island Beach Quilters 17th annual quilters challenge is now on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    There are 19 pieces in this year’s show. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. At the end of the show, one quilter will receive the People’s Choice award. Visit the exhibit now through Aug. 21 and cast your vote.

  • Senior site menus

     Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 16

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, blend juice, sugar cookie, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 17

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Beef stew with vegetables, brown rice, vanilla pudding, orange juice, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 19

  • Try using seasonal foods when planning your daily meals

    Have you ever sat down and planned what meals you were going to cook that week without considering what vegetables were in season?

    I know I have. I get this craving for a certain meal that I want to have without even considering if certain foods or veggies are even available at that time of year. When I can’t find what I want, I sometimes end up creating a completely different dish than what I had planned. Sometimes this is a good thing.

  • Pill trafficker found with 11,000 prescription drugs sentenced

    Ritchie L. Carson, 46, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia, has been sentenced to a minimum of 90 months and a maximum of 117 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for trafficking by possession and transportation of the prescription pain medication oxycodone.

  • Town park is not best use of taxpayer dollars

    All of our communities must give serious consideration to the development of green spaces in our growing county.

    Sunset Beach is no exception to this; however, we do not think investing nearly $4 million into a park property is the best use of taxpayer dollars—especially in light of this challenging economy.

    Previously, Sunset Beach commissioners agreed to move forward on the 5.22-acre waterway site only if the town could secure 50 percent of the $3.75 million price in matching grant funding before Sept. 10.