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Today's News

  • Ocean Isle updates hazard mitigation plan

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s hazard mitigation plan is being updated this year and is currently under review.

    Penny Tysinger, planning director for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said hazard mitigation plans are to be updated every five years or following a federally declared disaster.

  • Developer wants to delay driveway installation plans

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Due to a slowed building amount and an economic recession, owners of property at the corner of Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 have asked the town of Ocean Isle Beach to relinquish responsibility for adding additional driveways to the property—features that were among the developers’ original plans and what town commissioners call “a big issue.”

  • Strawberries are almost ready for picking at local produce farms

    Strawberries typically peak during May in our area. Producing good strawberries depends on ideal spring weather conditions and this spring should produce a bumper crop.

  • There are never enough Japanese maples around

    Dedicated readers of my ramblings know I have a soft spot for crape myrtles and Japanese maples. Even though my garden is so small you can’t cuss a cat without getting hair in your mouth, it now sports 11 selections of Japanese maple.

    The latest addition is Inabe Shidiri. I purchased a relatively high graft of this burgundy-leafed dissectum so it wouldn’t get visually lost in its garden location. A fairly vigorous selection that will eventually reach eight feet or so, it’s also known as Red Select.

  • Some 'green flag' gardening chores for the month of April

    The green flag is waving and all you “NasGarden” fans out there can truly start fertilizing your trees and woody ornamentals. But wait! There is still a caution flag on fertilizing your turfgrass.

    I have said before many, many times: “When it is time to pay your taxes, it is time to pay your plants.”

    That statement applies to trees and woody ornamentals. We still must wait until May to start fertilizing our lawns and we should wait until June if we are managing centipedegrass.

  • People want to know all about watering--how much, when?

    “Tell me about watering.” This plea is heard quite often on the Master Gardener Hotline.

    How much, how often, what time of day or night are all questions the Master Gardener answering the hotline encounters. In an effort to cut down the workload and make you all better stewards of your growees, and hopefully cut down on your water bill, the following are some general rules on watering gardens, lawns and landscape plants that will be of interest:

  • What the world needs now is love, sweet love

    The song may strike us as sentimental, but the idea—no, the ideal—is right on target! What our world needs now, and has always needed, is love, sweet love. It does not call for a saccharine substitute that provides the sweetness artificially, but the genuine goods. We need a love that challenges as profoundly as it comforts; that disturbs and demands as deeply as it delights. To love is not easy, but it is worthwhile.

  • West JV soccer team gets first victory

    The West Brunswick junior varsity girls soccer team won for the first time ever, 1-0 April 9 against visiting Whiteville.

    “It was worth the wait,” said Steve Nagy, the coach of the first-year program. “We played a great game. I kept telling the girls as long as we keep improving each game, the wins will come. I am so proud of the girls.”

    Shelby Johnson scored in the 26th minute off a pass from Skylar Jenkins.

    Nicole Turner made three saves in her first game in goal.

  • Cougars end Lady Trojans' win streak

    South Brunswick defeated the Lady Trojans 4-1 April 9 at West in a pitchers’ duel into the sixth inning.

    The loss ended West’s hopes for an undefeated season. West, which beat South earlier this season, is 11-1.

    Madison Batten, the unheralded junior, pitched the best game of her career to seal the victory against rival West. Batten pitched all seven innings, allowing four hits and one run. She walked one batter and had five strikeouts.

  • DOT officials release investigative report on Oak Island Bridge collapse

    Officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have released an investigative report the department received Tuesday from an independent contractor regarding the girder collapse on the second bridge to Oak Island that killed one worker in December.

    According to the report prepared by Rimkus Consulting Group of Charlotte, the primary cause of girder failure was “improper tack welding of couplers to the 1-3/8 inch diameter high strength Dywidag rods.”