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Today's News

  • State should leave local ABC systems alone, SB councilman says

    SUNSET BEACH—Town councilman Bob Bobinski believes ABC stores should be left under the control of local boards, rather than fall under greater control by the state as mandated in pending legislation.

    Bobinski, who serves on the Sunset Beach ABC board, said at a town council meeting April 6 if the bills are enacted, it would not be a good thing for the town or locally managed ABC stores in North Carolina.

    “It would be a terrible loss of control,” Bobinski said at the monthly council meeting.

  • Stop annexation

    STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

    Stop annexation

    A ‘stop annexation’ sign marks the spot along the east side of N.C. 179 that is being eyed for annexation by the town of Sunset Beach. With sewer a concern, as well as residents in the area who oppose the idea, Sunset Beach Town Council will revisit the plan at its next monthly meeting May 4.

     

  • SBFD gets $40,850 grant for new equipment

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre made a special delivery to the Sunset Beach Fire Department last week in the form of a $40,850 ceremonial check and grant to buy new emergency equipment.

    The money was awarded to the department in January by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) through the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.

    The grant will be used to buy a breathing air compressor and rapid intervention pack (RIT-PAK).

  • 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.