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Today's News

  • Kinlaw withdraws name from alderman race, seeks mayor's seat

    Shallotte alderman John Kinlaw has decided to run for the mayor’s office instead of seeking re-election to his alderman seat.

    He will face fellow alderman Buddy Kelly in the Nov. 10 election. Two-term mayor Gerald Long is not seeking re-election.

    Previously, Kinlaw filed for re-election to the board of aldermen but changed his mind after receiving calls from residents urging him to run against Kelly.

  • Workshop provides insight on color plants to brighten the garden

    Last week, I had the opportunity to attend the Landscape Color Field Day in Raleigh. This event got started back in the 1960s as the “bedding plant field day” and includes trials of annuals and some perennials that provide color and interest in those high-visibility places in the garden. Included are some of the highlights from checking out the color.

  • Garden chores for the summer: Beware of the heat

    The appearance of many shrubs can be improved with a general pruning at this time of year. With new growth averaging 6 to 8 inches long, many evergreens are getting slightly out of bounds. Now is a good time to take hand pruners and shears to shape them.

    • Individual branches and stems need to be cut to back inside the plant. This will reduce the overall size of the plant and also reshape it.

    • Continue to shear formal hedges.

    Rejuvenation pruning

  • Truesdales celebrate 67 years

    John and Sara Truesdale are celebrating 67 years of marriage. They have four children, Ann, John, Connie and Jack, and their children’s spouses Dan, Peggy, Harold and Beth. They have seven grandchildren and their spouses; seven great-grandchildren and one special Emily in heaven.

  • Public hearing discussing possible extension of Old Georgetown, Ocean Isle Beach Roads set for next week

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) will have a Design Public Hearing from 4-7 p.m. Monday, July 27, at the National Guard Armory on Main Street in Shallotte to discuss the proposed extension of State Road 1163 (Old Georgetown Road) from State Road 1184 (Ocean Isle Beach Road) to N.C. 179.

  • Mayor, two commissioners seek re-election in Ocean Isle Beach

    Two commissioner seats and the mayor position are open in this year’s November election, but all incumbents are running uncontested.

    Mayor Debbie Smith filed for re-election on July 8. Smith has run for mayor unopposed since 2003. Smith previously served on the board of commissioners from 1983-1995 and 1997-2003.

    Commissioner C.D. Blythe filed for re-election on July 7. Blythe also serves as the mayor pro-tem. Blythe has served on the board since 2001, running uncontested in 2005. Blythe previously served on the town’s board of adjustments and planning board.

  • Examining sin and finding ways to overcome it

    I read an interesting commentary regarding the question of sin in our lives and in our world. In Joan Chittister’s “In My Own Words” she asks, “What is sin?” and says that question has changed her life completely.

    Chittister’s words challenged me. Nobody wants to think about sin and sinfulness. It’s such a downer, but I began to question how many times and in how many ways I had indulged myself in activities or omissions that occurred at the expense of others.

  • 14 of 17 schools make AYP

    “We have never seen what we’re getting ready to see,” Katie McGee, superintendent of Brunswick County Schools told county principals Tuesday at a summer retreat. “We’ve never seen it. Everybody in here has got something to celebrate.”

    The cause for celebration—14 of 17 school made Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) for 2008-2009 school year. Lincoln Elementary School, West Brunswick High School and Brunswick County Academy did not make AYP.

  • Lifesaver found for 8-year-old in need of kidney

    A new kidney awaits 8-year-old Jarrod Danka, who will undergo transplant surgery next week.

    Daryl Anderson Jr., Jarrod’s cousin, was the last of three potential donors tested and the only one to be approved as an organ donor.

    “I was kind of surprised,” Anderson said of being notified he was the only approved donor for Jarrod, “but I am very happy to be able to do this.”

  • Learning fundamental baseball

    The substitution seemed insignificant.

    The Brunswick County Dixie Boys team had just scored a run to take a 6-2 lead in the third inning over Dunn in the first-round game Saturday of the state tournament at Smithville Park.

    With two outs, Tanner Sellers singled. Manager Randall Morrison then had pinch runner Travis Oliver enter the game. He stole second and later scored on Ricky LaChance’s single. Brunswick went on to win 12-2 in six innings.