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Today's News

  • Text messaging while driving ban in effect

    The laws in North Carolina are beginning to catch up with technology.

    On Tuesday, Dec. 1, a new law took effect, which makes it illegal to text message or e-mail on a handheld device or cell phone while driving, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Al Morris said.

    The new law doesn’t prohibit the use of cell phones or handheld devices, Morris said, just text messaging and e-mailing on the devices. If caught text messaging or e-mailing while driving, violators face a $100 fine plus court costs, which Morris said are usually around $130.

  • Sheriff switches party; intends to seek GOP nomination for sheriff

    For the first time in more than 35 years, Brunswick County will have a Republican sheriff—at least until the November 2010 election.

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram announced he switched his political affiliation from Democrat to Republican last week. Ingram will seek the GOP nomination for sheriff for the upcoming 2010 election.

    If Ingram wins re-election as a Republican, he would be the first Brunswick County Republican-elected sheriff in at least 35 years.

  • Tracking H1N1: Vaccines continue for CDC priority groups

    Officials with the Brunswick County Health Department have administered more than 3,200 H1N1 vaccines to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention priority group.

    Once all people in the CDC priority group—pregnant women, children ages 6 months old to 24 years old, healthcare workers, caregivers or people who live in a home with an infant younger than six months old and anyone ages 25-64 with chronic health conditions—have been vaccinated, the health department will open its H1N1 vaccines to anyone who would like a vaccine.

  • Don't be a victim this holiday season: Officers offer crime prevention tips

    For most people, the holiday season is a time to be spent with families and friends—traveling, holiday parties and shopping excursions in search of the perfect gift.

    It’s also the time of year when crime increases, both on people and property, and drinking-related collisions, including fatalities, occur more frequently on local roads.

    Local law enforcement officials say there are ways to prevent becoming a victim this holiday season—on the road, in your homes or while out and about.

  • Newly elected commissioners to be sworn in Tuesday in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town’s three newly elected commissioners will be sworn in at the monthly town board meeting at 6 p.m. next Tuesday, Dec. 8.

    Incumbent Bill Dixon, former commissioner Jody Nance and write-in candidate Mary Knight were elected to fill three town commission seats up for grabs in the Nov. 3 election.

    Also on the agenda is recognition of outgoing commissioners Emily DiStasio, who has served on the board for the past decade, and Cecelia Herman.

  • Carolina Shores welcomes new commissioners, organizational changes

    CAROLINA SHORES—Organizational changes were the talk of the town board after newly elected town commissioners Joyce Dunn and Walter Goodenough were sworn in and seated at a special meeting Tuesday.

  • Changes in store with new council faces in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Three newly elected council members to be sworn in next Monday include two faces bringing change to the town board’s makeup.

    Newcomers Carol Scott and Karen Joseph were elected in the Nov. 3 town council race, replacing incumbents Ron Watts and Len Steiner.

    Incumbent Lou DeVita was re-elected for a second four-year term to the third available seat on the five-member council, in addition to the re-election of incumbent Mayor Ronald Klein.

  • Remembering our favorite Christmas specials and reviving a nostalgic trend

    Every year at this time, we eagerly anticipate the arrival of those bizarre pieces of holiday nostalgia, the stop-motion animation Christmas specials like “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “The Year Without a Santa Claus” and “Santa Claus is Coming to Town.”

    Each features strange puppets that move in bizarre patterns but somehow seem to come alive thanks to the colorful sets, enthusiastic voice performances and imaginative storytelling.

  • Plant winners and losers: 2009 wasn't bad in the garden

    The holidays are a great time to stop and reflect on the things that have happened over the previous 12 months.

    While the economy has struggled, 2009 wasn’t a bad year in the garden. Rainfall and temperatures were close to normal. We weren’t pounded by any tropical storms. So, what plants were the winners and losers this year?

    Two new Knock Out roses were released in 2009—Sunny and Whiteout. After planting several of each in different locations including my own garden, my initial impression of these proved correct.

  • Holiday gardening tips: How to buy and care for Christmas trees and poinsettias

    For many, real Christmas trees and poinsettias are basic ingredients for a successful Christmas season; however, buying right and then caring for your trees after they enter your home is critical for the success of this recipe. Yes, poinsettias are small trees. Our goal is to keep the trees looking good for as long as possible.

    Christmas trees

    With a real tree, you can smell and feel its presence compared to an artificial one. The magic ingredient to prolong this feeling is water, whether the tree is cut or live with a root ball.