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Today's News

  • Taking the leap of faith in a difficult market

    SUNSET BEACH—Mary Ann Bechtel knows the importance of establishing a good reputation in business. It was her reputation as a Realtor that gave her the confidence to take a huge risk by starting her own agency last month.

    The former Navy recruiter moved to Brunswick County in 1996 and began her real estate career. For the last five-and-a-half years, she was an agent with Re/Max. Then, in February, Bechtel made the leap to her own agency—in the midst of a historic downturn in the real estate market.

  • Now is the time to do late winter garden chores

    Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods. After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • Preparing meals for one or two, Part II: Making food fun again

    When in a restaurant, a dinner for two always seems special. Whether you’re a couple or a couple of old friends, it always seems like a special occasion. Unfortunately, when the table for two is at home, it isn’t regarded with the same kind of reverence.

    Making meals for two rather than a large crowd can reintroduce you to the enjoyment of cooking just for the two of you. When you don’t have to plan for feeding large groups, preparing food can be fun again.

  • County cafeteria to temporarily close for retail dining

    The cafeteria at the Brunswick County Government Complex is scheduled to close for renovations for about three months.

    Assistant county manager Steve Stone said the cafeteria will temporarily close for retail dining around April 1 but will continue providing meals for inmates at the Brunswick County Detention Center and for Brunswick Senior Resources.

    The cafeteria is being renovated and while the new kitchen is operating, Stone said the dining room is scheduled to undergo renovations, which are expected to take about three months.

  • Town hears request for skydiving permission

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—A new type of recreation could soon be dropping from 14,000 feet in the air onto Ocean Isle Beach.

    Bill Leppert, a commercial pilot and flight instructor at Ocean Isle Beach Aviation, approached the board of commissioners Tuesday with a skydiving presentation, hoping to bring the air sport to the Ocean Isle Beach Airport in the near future.

  • Lawsuit filed by former West Brunswick student's family against Board of Education dismissed

    A lawsuit filed by the parents of a former West Brunswick High School student against the Brunswick County Board of Education has been dismissed.

    U.S. District Judge James C. Dever III dismissed the lawsuit filed by Robert Frye, Kathy Frye and Kylee Rose Frye on Monday, March 9.

    The Frye family filed the lawsuit against the board last year, after learning their then 17-year old daughter, Kylee, was found engaging in a sexual relationship with David Arrowood, a former West Brunswick High School math teacher, according to the lawsuit.

  • Gardening tips in and around the house for March

    March is a busy month for gardeners around the house, in the vegetable garden and in the landscape. Here are some gardening tips for you to consider this month.

    Houseplants

    Repot houseplants in fresh commercial potting mix. Before reusing old pots, clean them with detergent and water, or 10 percent chlorine bleach solution, to remove salts and disease-causing microorganisms. Most commercial potting mixes have some fertilizer in them, so wait a month after repotting before fertilizing.

    Edibles

  • Plan your garden now with time saving tips in mind

    Plan now to implement some time saving tips to keep your garden more maintenance free this summer.

    If you fertilize your lawn once this spring during a wet period, the fertilizer will go down into the soil and the roots will reach down after it.

  • Maresca-Madison

    Veronica Maresca and Tim Madison were married Feb. 21 in Charleston, S.C., by the Rev. Tal Madison, the groom’s brother.

    The groom’s daughter, Veronica Brooke Madison, served as flower girl.

    The bride wore an ivory satin halter dress accented by champagne-colored lace.

    She carried a bouquet of ivory and sahara roses accented with pearl pins.

    A reception followed at the Planter’s Inn in Charleston, S.C.

    The bride is the daughter Ann Maresca of Sunset Beach. She is employed at Carolina Golf Coast Properties Real EState.

  • 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival set for Saturday in North Myrtle Beach

    Meet on Main Street this Saturday, March 14, for the 21st Annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade & Festival in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Calabash Elks Lodge is among participants from Brunswick County who will be marching in the 9 a.m. “parade of green.” This includes the Elks’ renowned kazoo band members who have been rehearsing and will be in green and in tune as they step along in the festive procession.