Today's News

  • Weather watch: Rising water has many on standby

    Rising water from a deluge of rain has residents on standby and drivers traveling cautiously throughout Brunswick County. A number of areas, including roads leading to Holden Beach, are impassable due to flooding and ponding.

    There’s also concern about the Shallotte River, which has been rising consistently since 8 a.m. Thursday and threatening to flood along Main Street in Shallotte.

    “We are very concerned,” said Brenda Milliken at Shallotte Electric, where employees have been moving materials to higher levels.

  • Church briefs

    Blessing of the animals set

    Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St. in Shallotte, will offer a service for the blessing of animals at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

    This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on Oct. 4. He was known for showing compassion toward all living things.

  • Who is waiting at the gate of our affluence?

    Whenever I read the prophet Amos, especially in company with the story of the rich man and Lazarus told in the gospel according to Luke, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Sadness competes with guilt; denial with disgust. It is all too clear to me I am the rich one who is being referenced. My dress may not be splendid nor colored purple, but I want for nothing. Some, especially my husband, would say that my meals are not visual feasts; however they are both filling and abundant. 

  • Benton-Leder engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Allison Rae Benton of Shallotte and Daniel Lawrence Leder of Little River, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald W. Benton of Ash and the late Ellen K. Benton. The prospective groom is the son of Mary Ann Allgood and Paul M. Leder of Whiteville. A March 13, 2011, wedding is planned at West Martello Tower in Key West, Fla.

  • Simmons-Raleigh engagment

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Belinda Faye Simmons of Supply and the Rev. Stephen Allen ‘Sweets’ Raleigh of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert and Linda Simmons of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Jack Raleigh of Winnabow and the late Joyce Ann Maggard. An April 16, 2011, wedding is planned at Faith Community Chapel in Sunset Harbor.

  • Zuber-Soderberg wedding

    Teresa Raye Zuber and Joshua Lewis Soderberg, both of Silver Spring, Md., were married on Aug. 25, the mother of the bride’s birthday, during an underwater ceremony at the Christ of the Abyss Statue in Key Largo, Fla. Rings were exchanged aboard the Amoray Diver Catamaran. Amy Slate officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Ellen and Ray Zuber of Calabash. The groom is the son of Joanne Geer and Bill Kilmer of San Antonio, Texas.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father.

  • Hansen-Cumbie wedding

    Cynthia Ann Hansen of Supply and Steven Wayne Cumbie of Supply were married on Aug. 20 in a private ceremony in Bolivia. The bride is the daughter of Tony and Barbara Puza. The groom is the son of Jeff and Penny Cumbie. The couple will reside in Supply.

  • Britt-Kopitzki wedding

    Gladys Britt of Supply and Ray Kopitzki of Medina, N.Y., were married on Sept. 14 at Niagara Falls. Britt is employed at Walgreens in Holden Beach and Kopitzki is retired. They will reside in Supply.

  • Mintz competes in 4-H Youth Livestock Roundup

    In a county comprised of golf courses and urbanized living, Brunswick County youth often find it difficult to participate in some of 4-H’s more traditional programs like raising livestock animals to show at the county and state fairs. However, over the course of the past four years, their participation in these areas has increased with one youth in particular paving the way.

    In 2006, Elizabeth Mintz began her journey to raising quality livestock by participating in the N.C. State Fair annual Youth Market Turkey Show program. 

  • Common insects and associated pests: attacking bedding plants and perennials

    Charlie Spencer 

    Master Gardener

    Sowbugs and Pillbugs (Isopods)

    Isopods (commonly called pillbugs) are not insects but relatives of the crab and shrimp. They have a head with obvious antennae and a trunk region with 11 pairs of legs. They tend to hide during the day and emerge at night to eat irregular holes in leaves of young plants. These pests are easily detected at night with a flashlight or by pulling back mulch around the plants.