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Today's News

  • 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.”

  • County pushes to receive full share of accommodations tax proceeds

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners think the county has been getting ripped off when it comes to collecting the county’s full share of accommodations tax proceeds.

    Brunswick County Attorney Huey Marshall said commissioners voted last week to enlist the Shanahan Law Group of Raleigh to pursue litigation to ensure the county receives its full share of the 1 percent accommodations tax. All proceeds from the 1 percent tax fund the Tourism Development Authority, he said.

  • County strikes take-home vehicle policy resolution; keeps plan in place

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners last week revoked a resolution that enacted the county’s take-home vehicle policy.

    But county commissioners chairman Bill Sue and county commissioner Marty Cooke said the plan remains intact.

  • Federal funding has helped renourish local beaches

    The federal government collects $320 for every federal dollar spent protecting beaches and coastal cities, U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre told Southeastern North Carolina mayors and commissioners during a luncheon last Thursday in the Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall.

    “We’ve been hit by hard times in textiles and tobacco, and we can’t be hit hard by the third leg of that stool, tourism,” or the stool will collapse, McIntyre said about what were three of North Carolina’s main economic forces.

  • Calabash hires new administrator; UDO tabled

    CALABASH—Town commissioners unanimously agreed Tuesday night to hire Jeremy Cribb as new town administrator for Calabash.

    Cribb was among three candidates considered for the job, Calabash Mayor Anthony Clemmons said.

    He replaces former town administrator Vincent Long, who resigned in March.

    Cribb, a native of Whiteville who previously worked with the city of Wilmington, introduced himself following the announcement at the monthly commissioners meeting.

    He told residents and merchants in attendance he has already moved to Calabash.