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Today's News

  • There's plenty to keep busy: Garden honey-do's

    My mother always said idle hands were the devil’s workshop among other things I tried to ignore as a kid. If you are looking for ways to avoid becoming a conduit for Beelzebub, I have several garden honey-do’s that will pay off handsomely.

    Crape myrtles that have finished their first round of blooms can usually be coaxed into an encore performance with just a little work.

  • Tips for pruning summer flowers, and controlling pests

    Pruning

    For additional flowering, deadheading some of your favorite flowers now may force them to bloom again in the fall. Light pruning may be performed for most landscape plants except those you expect to have blooms from next spring such as azaleas. Storm damaged tissue may make it necessary to make heavier pruning cuts than normal to repair broken, leaning or dangerous limbs.

  • Plant now for second summer vegetable crop

    As a result of one of our reader’s comments, the following information is provided on planting a second summer vegetable crop:

    The thermometer may be stuck on 90 degrees, but don’t let the summer heat beat you out of a second crop of fresh summer veggies. There is still time for another crop across much of North Carolina, especially along the coastal area.

  • Coastroad Hearth & Patio wins award

    Coastroad Hearth & Patio in Shallotte won a bronze award in the Residential Specialty category in the 29th annual Qualified Remodeler (QR) Master Design Awards Contest.

    Sponsored by Qualified Remodeler Magazine, the Master Design Awards recognizes outstanding achievement in residential remodeling projects in 22 categories.

  • Bright Ideas grant applications available from BEMC

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation’s annual Bright Ideas education grant program is in full swing for 2008.

    Teachers submitting applications before Aug. 28 will be entered into a drawing for a $500 Visa gift card. The drawing will be on Sept. 2 and the winning teacher will be notified on the day of the drawing. The winning teacher will also receive recognition on the Bright Ideas Web site, www.ncbrightideas.com.

  • The Pirate Years (1690 to 1720) at Ocean Isle Beach

    Between 1690 and 1720, pirates operated freely off Ocean Isle Beach—especially three pirates—Sam Bellamy, Stede Bonnet and Edward Teach.

    One pirate who looted more than 50 ships from his vessel “Whydah” was Bellamy, who was often called “Black Bellamy.”

    Bellamy’s pirate career came to an end on April 26, 1717, when a bad storm sunk his ship and nearly all onboard died including Bellamy.

    Another notorious pirate who attacked ships off Ocean Isle was Bonnet who was often called “The Gentleman Pirate.”

  • Smith birth

    Chris and Leighanne Smith of Shallotte are the parents of a son, James Grady Smith, born at 12:52 p.m., July 10 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 23 inches long.

    He joins brothers Justin, 11, Ben, 7, Ashton, 6, and Alyssa, 4.

    Maternal grandparents are Gloria Walter of Bladenboro and Grady and Sandra Tatum of Bladenboro.

    Paternal grandparents are Baxter and Sheila Smith of Garland and Debbie and Jim Pait of Elizabethtown.

    Great-grandparents are Harry and Becky Walter of Lumberton.

  • How can we carry each other's burdens?

    The admonition found in Galatians 6:2 is one exhilarating and exhausting. It is, at once, a consolation and a challenge.

    We read, and hopefully heed, the words of St. Paul, “Carry each other’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the laws of Christ.”

    The same command and commission can be found in the Torah, which demands the people of God seek the welfare of the whole human community. It is present in the five pillars of Islam, in the practices of Hinduism and in the eightfold path of Buddhism.

  • Church briefs

    Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon will be “On Heart and Hand,” based on scripture from Psalm 119 and Matthew 5:17-20, on Sunday, Aug. 10, at Trinity United Methodist Church, at 209 East Nash St. in Southport.

    There will be a casual worship service at 8:30 a.m., a contemporary service at 9:40 a.m. in Murrow Hall with the Trinity Worship Band and a traditional worship service in the sanctuary at 11 a.m.

    Nursery care will be available during the 8:30 a.m., 9:40 a.m. and 11 a.m. services.

  • 'Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars' raises $200,000 for Foundation

    “Dancing With the Brunswick County Stars” raised $200,000 for Brunswick College Community students and crowned its first dancing star.

    Dinah Gore of Sunset Beach was voted the star of the fundraiser.

    All money raised from the event will go toward scholarships awarded to future BCC students.

    Clarice Holden, event organizer and Foundation member, was surprised by the amount of money donated.