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Today's News

  • CIS to host Eighth Annual Benefit Gala for Children

    The 8th Annual Benefit Gala for Children will be from 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    The largest fundraiser of the year, the benefit gala benefits CIS’ main programs—Adopt A School/Volunteer Program, After School Program, 21st Century Community Learning Centers, Family Resource Centers, Family Literacy Center, Parenting Education Program and Teen and Peer Courts.

  • McGee 'not through' being a superintendent, no plans to retire

    Although Katie McGee won’t continue leading Brunswick County Schools after June 30, 2010, she isn’t ready to hang up her career as a superintendent.

    “I’m not through being a school superintendent,” she said. “The next chapter in my life, I hope I’ll have the opportunity to do what I did here 10 years ago. That is to go into a school district and continue to lead one.”

  • Two bids for ABC Store and property tabled

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—The Ocean Isle Beach Board of Commissioners received two bids from parties interested in purchasing the ABC store and property, but due to budget constraints, the sale has been put on hold.

    “I think we’re just going to have to put this off until we can come up with some better solutions,” commissioner Dean Walters said Tuesday during the board’s monthly meeting.

  • Pruning chores are better left for late winter

    The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Gardening activities to check off your October list

    Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder. I offer these suggestions for things to do this month:

    Gardening tips for October

  • Rain gardens offer way to clean polluted storm water

    From motor oil to bird droppings to pesticides, pollutants have to go somewhere when it rains. Usually it’s a quick trip to a nearby stream, river or lake. But it doesn’t have to be.

    As the population increases, and there’s more growth, there are more rooftops and driveways. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases, it goes directly into a stream really fast with whatever is in it.

  • Balkcum-Woolard

    Sherri Leigh Balkcum of Sunset Beach and Michael Dean Woolard of Sunset Beach were married Aug. 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, with magistrate Doug Todd officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Sandra Boseman of Rocky Mount and the late William Boseman and Earle and Jewel Balkcum of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Anna Oglesby of Rocky Mount and the late James Woolard.

    Christy Scott of Ash served as matron of honor, and Carl Scott of Ash served as best man.

  • Hewett-McCumbee

    Stacey Hewett of Shallotte and Jordan Scott McCumbee of Ash were married Sept. 5 at Premier Resorts, Barefoot Landing, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Minister Jeffrey Britton officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Lemon of Shallotte and Jimmy and Pam Hewett of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Dewayne and Marian McCumbee of Ash.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Townsend

    Tabitha and Brian Townsend of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Riley-Grace Caroline Townsend, born at 9:48 a.m. Sept. 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She joins sisters Brooke Leigh, 6, and Hailee, 4.

    Maternal grandfather is Rex Inman of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Brenda Yovanoich of Polkton and the late Bobby Stewart Townsend.

  • It's not easy to live single-handedly, but it brings goodness

    Weeks have now elapsed since my unfortunate fall. And all is not yet well.

    My first response to the dilemma was quite positive, I believe. Adjustment to being joined at the hip to an obliging mate came with a fair degree of ease. I convinced myself the persistent presence would be both beneficial and reassuring. I could do this. It might take some effort, but it was not beyond my reach... or stretch.