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Today's News

  • N.C. 179 at new bridge targeted for re-opening by Fourth of July

    Bridge work on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach is nearing completion and may be finished by the Fourth of July, an NCDOT official said Monday.

    David Candela, project engineer for the North Carolina Department of Transportation, said the contractor is paving the north side of the road leading to the newly built bridge at Jennies Branch, then will add curbing and guardrails.

    Paving and guardrail installation will follow next on the south or Ocean Isle side of the new bridge.

  • Heart-stealer as big as Texas

    A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • Looking through those lumps of coal: Not-so-great crape myrtles

    I’ve loved crape myrtles since I ran over my mother’s tiny William Toovey with the lawn mower back in 1969. Forty years later, that plant is a gorgeous, 15-foot by 15-foot specimen. It’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.

    But every group of plants that includes so many diamonds always has some lumps of coal–—poorly adapted for many reasons. Here are some selections of crape myrtle you should avoid.

  • On the gardening front: Insects and diseases are building up in local gardens

    Insects and diseases are the scourges of summer for gardeners across North Carolina. We are beginning to see lots of insects and diseases in the landscape building up at this time.

    Insects

  • Beware of the Beetle: Part II--Controlling the problem

    Now that we understand the biology and life cycle of the Japanese beetle, let’s get serious and talk about control.

    Commercial preparations of the Bacilluspopilliae (milky spore disease) offer some control as a long-lasting soil treatment. These spores infect and kill Japanese beetle grubs. The spores are then released into the soil and infect other grubs as they come in contact with the bacterial spores.

  • Carter-Parrish

    Amanda Mari Carter and Steven Parrish Jr. were married May 2 at Orton Plantation Gardens with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Bill and Rhoda Carter of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Steve and Sabrina Parrish of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    She wore a white satin Jasmine couture gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline, embellished with beading of pearls and rhinestones on the bodice and cathedral-length train.

  • Calabash cat

    Calabash cat

    Harriet Thompson, an employee at Waterfront Ice Cream and Coffee House in Calabash, visits with a friendly cat that visits the waterfront every day. Thompson buys special treats for the neutered feline.

     

  • Andreanos celebrate 50 years

    Filomano ‘Phil’ Andreano and wife Deanna Mae Smith Andreano celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 6 with a party at the Crow Creek Clubhouse. The event was a surprise organized by their daughter, Kerri Mae Mitchell of Washington, D.C. More than 50 family members and friends came from Florida, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina to take part in the festivities. Deanna is a native of Bloomville, Ohio, and Phil was born in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Linker-Tompkins

    Sonya Yvonne Linker and Christian Bradley Tompkins were married May 31, with the Rev. Bobby Causey officiating. The bride is the daughter of J.C. and Cindy Linker of Ash and Barbara Linker of Ash. The groom is the son of Rick and Diane Tompkins of Ash. The bride’s daughters, Jesse and Sami McLamb, served as maids of honor. Nicholas Tompkins, brother of the groom, served as best man.

  • Dameron

    Bobby and Crystal Dameron of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Ayden Elizabeth Dameron, born at 1:43 p.m. May 18 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds and measured 20.25 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Teresa Tindal of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Maria Dameron of Bolivia and the late Jimmy Dameron.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Lewis of Shallotte and Lula Hawes of Shallotte.