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Today's News

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Mulch, mulch, mulch and more mulch: How to beat the summer heat for your plants

    Last week’s article was about some of the issues people have brought up about the use of mulches in the landscape.

    I promised this week we would look at the benefits of mulching, but before we proceed, I want to let you read what our specialist from N.C. State provided to ease some of the concerns about the use of mulch and the presence of termites. Excerpt from Mike Waldvogel:

    The bottom line

  • Some reasons for lack of blooms on flowering plants

    Recently, we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardener’s Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants.

    Following are some possible reasons—sometimes, there are just no explanations:

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom, but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area.

  • Tips for planting palmettos in Brunswick County's climate

    South Carolina is the ‘Palmetto’ state in honor of the cabbage palm or sabal palmetto. This trunk-forming palm is native to coastal regions as far north as Bald Head Island, but it does pretty well all the way up to Onslow and Carteret counties in the ‘Tarheel’ state.

    The techniques necessary to successfully transplant a sabal palmetto are similar in some ways to what we try to do with typical trees and shrubs, but vastly different in others.

  • Governor's veto of boat trailer bill draws fire from tourism groups

    Gov. Mike Easley on Sunday vetoed a bill that fishermen and tourism officials say was needed to stop recreational anglers from being fined for pulling wide boat trailers, which could negatively affect the tourist trade.

    Legislators introduced the bill after the state Board of Transportation adopted a resolution asking the General Assembly to review the laws regarding “special permits and commercial driver’s licenses” in reaction to public complaints.

  • The Revolutionary War Years at Ocean Isle Beach (1765-1785)

    Brunswick County is where the first open armed resistance to the Stamp Act occurred on Nov. 28, 1765—eight years before the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

    In 1763, England sent 10,000 new Red Coats to the Colonies and began taxing the Colonies to pay for this expense. The British imposed the Stamp Act in 1765, and this infuriated colonists.

  • CIS program needs adult volunteers for new school year

    If you could spend a few hours a week and have an impact that would last a lifetime, would you? The children of Brunswick County need your help.

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) provides an adopt-a-school and volunteer program for Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to children.

    Through business, church, agency and civic group partnerships brokered for each individual school, CIS helps schools in their effort to provide a better education for children of Brunswick County.

  • New books available at Rourk

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “All the Way Home” by David Giffels. An engaging tale of a young father’s struggle to restore a house and his way without losing himself.

    “Trespassers Will Be Baptized” by Elizabeth Emerson Hancock. The un-ordained memoir of a preacher’s daughter.

    “Solving Stonehenge” by Thomas Hudson. The new key to an ancient enigma

  • Hicken birth

    Shawn and Robin Hewett Hicken of Ash are the parents of a son, Tanner Elton Hicken, born at 7:48 a.m. June 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Roger and Bernice Hewett of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Duane and Mary Ann Hicken of Norwood, N.Y., and Simone Rodwell of Norwood.

    Great-grandmother is Elizabeth Austin of Norwood.

  • Sellars-Joyner

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lauren Michelle Sellars of Ocean Isle Beach and Richard Channing Joyner of Ocean Isle Beach. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road, Supply.