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Today's News

  • Sewer plan in Sunset Beach may have financial downside

    SUNSET BEACH—Petitions endorsing a 30-year sewer payback plan have more than met their mark, but now there’s a downside to consider.

    Island resident Carol Scott, who initiated the effort in March, said this week she and her team of volunteers have received petitions from 75.8 percent of property owners representing 75.2 percent of land parcels value in the assessment district.

    “As you know, a month ago you all voted to finance a mailing drive with your blessing,” Scott said, speaking Monday night to Sunset Beach Town Council members.

  • Dog adoptions still suspended at shelter

    The Brunswick County Animal Shelter continues to suspend dog adoptions until cases of distemper have been eliminated.

    David Stanley, director of environmental services for the Brunswick County Health Department, said four dogs were brought to the shelter Monday, one of which was showing symptoms of illness.

    The illness did not involve respiratory problems that are usually symptoms of distemper.

    “We didn’t see that with this particular dog,” Stanley said, adding, “Dogs are just like people,” with varying symptoms.

  • Halushki is 'coal food' to immigrants from western Pennsylvania

    My aunt and uncle were from Beaver Falls in western Pennsylvania, which is about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. We always enjoyed going there, especially when Aunt Jeanne was going to have some “halushki.”

  • A time for taxes

    Tax Ladies preparer Judy Galloway talks taxes on Tuesday with Tommy Helms of Ocean Isle Beach while business founder Diana White stands in the background. The office on Holden Beach Road has been busy with clients coming in to have their returns prepared before tax deadline April 15.

     

  • Garden observations: Spring is the most colorful time of the year in the garden

    Spring is our most colorful time of year in the garden. Camellias are finishing up just in time to let flowering dogwoods and azaleas take center stage.

    In the midst of all of this beauty, here are a few of my garden observations about all of the beauty and some potential disease problems.

  • Get out your shovel--there are plenty of gardening chores to do in April

    Spring has arrived and people are in a hurry to spruce up their yards. There are a few things that need more time to pass before doing. Hopefully, the pine pollen problem will be ending as you read this.

  • Calabash commissioners debate UDO on next agenda

    CALABASH—Over objections, the town’s proposed Unified Development Ordinance is supposed to be on the town’s next meeting agenda next Tuesday, April 14.

    Town commissioner Emily DiStasio said at an agenda workshop Tuesday she would like to see the UDO brought to a vote since a good amount of time has already been spent working on it.

    “I feel like we should go ahead and vote on it,” she said.

  • Johnson-Cully

    Jennifer Lynn Johnson of Leland and Blaine Tucker Cully of Ocean Isle Beach were married Dec. 13 at Jennies Branch Baptist Church in Shallotte.

    The Rev. David Helms officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Keith Johnson of Fayetteville and the granddaughter of Louise Rochetti of Linden and the late Abraham Rocchetti; Frances Melvin of Erwin and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Fayetteville.

  • Making an insectary is as simple as planting a vegetable garden that will attract beneficial insects

    As you plan your vegetable garden, you will choose what vegetables you wish to grow and you should also choose which plants would attract beneficial insects.

    A garden insectary is a small garden plot of flowering plants designed to attract and harbor beneficial insects. These “good insects” prey on many common garden insect pests and offer the gardener a safer, natural alternative to pesticides.

  • Lewis-Chastain

    Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lewis of Shallotte announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn, to Mr. Johnathan Charles Chastain, Dec. 20, 2008 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Henry B. Rehder officating the renewal of vows.

    The couple’s original wedding ceremony took place Dec. 21, 2007, before the groom’s second deployment to Iraq.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Chastain of Hayden, Ala., and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Chastain and Mrs. and Mrs. Edsell Vaughn.