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Today's News

  • Despite the advice of garden gurus, beer is better in the fridge—not on the lawn

    Garden gurus like Jerry Baker often suggest there’s nothing better for your lawn than a brewski.

    According to them, beer contains vitamins and minerals for better growth and has beneficial microorganisms that will help develop great roots. This recommendation has always sounded bogus to me, but, believe it or not, someone finally did a scientific study to find out if a bit of beer builds a better lawn.

  • Lowering energy cost: Consider firewood for home heating

    Many residents in the Cape Fear region are looking for ways to lower energy costs and may supplement their energy needs for heating by using firewood.

    January and February are typically our coldest months for the winter. I am always looking for some good information to pass along to clients when I came across this information on firewood from John Church from the Rockford Extension Center, affiliated with the University of Illinois.

  • Hollies are durable, popular in North Carolina landscapes

    (The following information is provided by Bob Westerfield, Cooperative Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.)

    Perhaps no landscape plant is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly.

    Hollies come in more than 300 recognized varieties, with more introduced each year. They belong to the genus Ilex, which is native to every continent except Antarctica.

  • Everyone struggles to achieve balance in life

    As I marched determinedly through Walmart many months ago, an intriguing book title caught my eye. “Eat, Pray, Love” was its command. Thinking it was another of the many spiritual books on dieting and knowing I’d not follow through, I continued my trek through the store. Groceries purchased and placed in my various tote bags, I drove home. But the book title sang in my head, a mantra that impelled a future trip to the library so I could peruse the writing at my leisure.

  • Get in shape with county’s 2009 fitness schedule

    Now is a great time to launch a new shape-up program with the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2009 spring fitness schedule.

    A variety of classes are slated throughout the county, kicking off this month and continuing in coming weeks. They range from Zumba fitness and Aido Shokai JuJutsu martial arts to cardio and strength training and dance classes.

    For more information or to register, call 253-2670.

    The schedule and fees are as follows:

  • Carolina Shores exploring expansion options at recycling center

    CAROLINA SHORES—Town commissioners have decided the town may have to become a leader in initiating recycling efforts.

    Town administrator Linda Herncane said at a Monday workshop town staff seeks guidance from commissioners about what direction the town should take for its recycling center.

    Assistant town administrator Amanda Chestnut said there is room for adding composting.

    “It would depend on the expansion of operations and how much debris we have, if you want to get into doing it at all and if so how big of a site,” she said.

  • Calabash gets set for sewer talk with county next Tuesday

    CALABASH—With county officials slated to be at next Tuesday’s town commissioners meeting to answer questions about the town’s delayed wastewater project, commissioners this week already had more than a few questions of their own.

    Before Brunswick County fiscal operations director Ann Hardy and public utilities director Jerry Pierce attend the meeting set for 6 p.m. Jan. 13, commissioners were asked to submit their questions by this Thursday.

    Town administrator Vincent Long said that’s because county officials wanted to be prepared.

  • Three stars who shined on fall nights

    While covering the Southwest Brunswick Junior American Legion baseball season, I noticed one of the baserunners hardly ever got caught stealing. I told manager Mike Alderson how impressed I was with this ballplayer’s speed, and Alderson said, “You should see Ryan Hill.”

    I had been a sportswriter at this newspaper for a few weeks and did not know Ryan Hill. That changed last fall.

  • Kazmierczak top volleyball player in Brunswick County

    South Brunswick’s Jenna Kazmierczak is the county player of the year in volleyball. West Brunswick’s Leslie Reeves is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

  • John Mendoza named top county soccer player

    West senior John Mendoza is county player of the year in soccer. West coach Tripp Smith is the county coach of the year.

    The sports staffs of the The Beacon and The Pilot selected players on the basis of recommendations from coaches, conference honors and performance throughout the season.

    Mendoza, a forward, scored 18 goals and had eight assists playing against some of the toughest competition in the state. Coaches noticed: The N.C. Soccer Coaches Association selected Mendoza to the Class 3-A All-State team in addition to the Region 4 Class 3-A team.