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Today's News

  • 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.

  • EDC courting light industry to bring more jobs to county

    The Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) is working with 12 industrial clients considering setting up shop in Brunswick County, creating hundreds of job opportunities, mostly in the Leland and Navassa areas.

    EDC director Jim Bradshaw said two prospects are considering locating in the planned new International Logistics Park of North Carolina, which covers 1,000 acres on the Brunswick-Columbus County border along U.S. 74/76. The park is a unique venture between the two counties and the state.

  • San Rio infrastructure work to be completed

    LandTech Asset Management of Columbia, S.C., has announced its plans to begin installing sewer service and paving roads on San Rio Ocean and River Club property off Gray Bridge Road.

    LandTech, a private real estate development, marketing and management firm, is the court-appointed receiver for the property, which ran into trouble when it lost its bank funding last year.

    The company has begun the engineering and permitting process, and will start the construction bidding this month, according to Kevin Steelman of LandTech.

  • Kelly, Harrelson sworn into office; Dumpster ordinance approved

    Longtime alderman Buddy Kelly took the oath of office as Shallotte’s new mayor Tuesday night, and incumbent alderman Larry Harrelson was sworn in for his second four-year term.

    Both defeated opponents in November for their seats.

    Also at Tuesday night’s meeting, the board officially said goodbye to alderman John Kinlaw, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the mayor’s seat, and outgoing two-term mayor Gerald Long, who did not to seek re-election this year.