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Today's News

  • Holden Beach residents upset about tax bills

    Holden Beach tax bills went out last week, and since then, almost 200 property owners have called town hall to complain about what appears to be a double billing/erroneous assessment of their sewer assessments.

    “It’s primarily been limited to the lots in Heritage Harbor (where many homes are on two 25-foot lots instead of one 50-foot lot),” town managed David Hewett said. “However, if individuals have a questionable sewer assessment, they should call town hall to get it fixed.”

  • Eating low cholesterol foods is just one part of the healthy living equation

    You walk down any aisle of a grocery store and you will see products labeled “no cholesterol” or “low cholesterol.” What does this mean?

    In some respects, it is a marketing gimmick. In fact, stores could put a sign above the entire produce section that says, “Cholesterol Free” because cholesterol is only found in products that originate from animals. Plant-based products have no cholesterol.

  • After surviving Thanksgiving, try garden therapy

    You survived Thanksgiving with all of the food and relatives. Brave souls may have even ventured into the chaos that is shopping on the Friday after Thanksgiving. If all of this holiday hustle and bustle has you popping Lexapro like baby aspirin, take a break and go play in the garden. Believe or not, there are some garden chores that need to be done right now.

  • It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Brunswick County

    Just after Thanksgiving and for the next two weekends, it will be the busiest time to purchase a Christmas tree. Early shoppers will pick from the best available trees on lots or in fields.

    Locally, it is difficult to find a choose and cut operation. For our area, it usually means going to a tree lot to select a tree that has already been cut and shipped into our area.

  • Tips to help with caring for indoor plants: Part I

    Almost any indoor environment is more pleasant and attractive when living plants are part of the setting. In apartments, condominiums, and single-family residences, plants add warmth, personality, and year-round beauty.

    There are other uses for indoor plants that include: enclosing space into separate areas, reducing glare and reflection from artificial lights or sunlight entering through a window and screening to block out undesirable views or to create privacy. Also, plants provide oxygen for our environment.

  • How can we achieve harmony and peace on earth?

    Advent has come again. The four-week spiritual preparation time for Christmas is often lost in the frenzy of commercial preparedness.

    Many fall prey to a hectic countdown against a sales clock that marks the birthday of the Prince of Peace as an ending, rather than a beginning.

    We become people holding all kinds of expectation instead of being people of expectancy. As a result, we are more often disappointed than excited, discontent rather than enthusiastic.

    We lose our sense and commission to be People of Peace.

  • Harris and team recognized for sales

    Realtor Sarah Harris and the Sarah Harris Team have been recognized for Top-12 months sales position of all Brunswick County Realtors in accumulative areas west of Shallotte.

    Her production was more than 70 percent above any Ocean Isle island and mainland Brunswick County agent sales, and ranked 150 percent above any other Ocean Isle Beach agent unit sales.

    Additionally, no other Ocean Isle Beach sales agent has sold more of their own listings than Harris.

  • The column has been paid foree

    (This lead paragraph is presented to you by a company selling a revolutionary weight-loss pill.)

    I remember watching sports on TV when most of what you saw was athletic competition.

    (These transition paragraphs are brought to you by a beer company.)

    Now it seems every five minutes of a sports program on TV—and especially on radio—is interrupted with the announcement that some part of it has been paid for or presented by or sponsored by a Fortune 500 company (or, since the stock market crash, the Fortunate 400-Or-So companies.)

  • Locals win best-of-breed in AKC contest

    The 2008 AKC Carolina Youth Challenge took place Nov. 8 in Hallsboro. Many youngsters from the county had entries in the challenge, and four of the entries won best of breed.

    In the Black and Tan division, the winner was Roxy. The owner is Jeremiah Frazier, of Ocean Isle Beach. The handler is Ryan Michael.

    In the English division, the winner was Bear Branch Booger Man. The owner is Thomas Inman, of Ash. The handler is Eric Anthony.

    In the Plott division, the winner was Maple Gully Sissy. The owner and handler is Doogie Hewett of Supply.

  • Yellow Jackets end South Brunswick’s football season

    MARSHVILLE—The third-seeded Marshville Forest Hills Yellow Jackets ended South Brunswick’s football season Friday night in the third round of the NCHSAA Class 2-AA playoffs. The 11th-seeded South Brunswick Cougars, playing without injured quarterback Zack Alcorn, lost 35-14.

    Alcorn suffered a knee injury in the Cougars’ playoff victory the previous week over Orange High School.