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Today's News

  • Downtown Shallotte keeps moving ahead

    At this month’s pre-agenda meeting, Shallotte aldermen will hear consultant Allison Platt’s report on the 10-year town vision plan she put together with the assistance of town officials, residents and local business owners.

    If all goes well, the board will vote on the plan at its regular board meeting Sept. 2.

    A vision plan for downtown Shallotte is long overdue. The hodgepodge of styles, pedestrian-unfriendly sidewalks and lack of access to such a great potential asset as the Shallotte River have limited the town’s appeal and possible improvements.

  • Asian food recipes are easy to cook and are extremely healthy

    If you’re looking for some great recipes that will also let you practice healthy cooking, you really can’t go wrong with Asian food recipes. They really aren’t difficult to cook and most of them are extremely healthy.

    There are so many types of Asian food recipes you’ll never get bored with any of them. The ingredients are all basically the same; lots of vegetables, meats and rice. The spices are basically where they differ.

  • Students take part in marine program

    Twelve Brunswick County Early College High School (BCECHS) students recently participated in a full day of marine biotechnology activities at UNCW’s Center for Marine Science.

    Students began with a trip on the research vessel “Cape Fear,” where they took water and sediment samples and trawled to sample sea life.

    Students were taught to assess plankton tows for types of microscopic life and learned to identify types of phytoplankton.

  • Brothers get special opportunity to board aircraft carrier

    Landing on an aircraft carrier is like hitting a speed bump—a large speed bump! Nothing can prepare you for the experience and there are no words to describe it.

    A group of us were recently honored to fly out to the aircraft carrier Eisenhower, to stay overnight and observe flight operations. Although we knew about the trip a few months earlier, the Navy couldn’t give us details. I got the word a week before we departed our orders were being cut, we’d be flying to the Ike but they wouldn’t say where we were going.

  • 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 Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

    5-7 p.m., First Friday Gallery Walk, downtown Southport. Refreshments, entertainment, horse-drawn carriage rides. Sponsored by Franklin Square Gallery, Ricky Evans Gallery, Lantana’s Gallery and Fine Gifts and Cape Fear Coppershop. For more information, call 457-1129 or 457-0957.

  • Latest BLT production continues this weekend at BCC

    On the 15th of August in the auditorium of Odell,

    A crowd gathered ’round under quite a spell;

    Brunswick Little Theatre was getting amuse-ical,

    As the cast cast its magic in “Seussical: The Musical!”

    Theatergoers who missed opening weekend of Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production celebrating Dr. Seuss have three more chances this weekend.

  • The 'Lawn Ranger' rides once again

    Whether you have a faithful sidekick or not, it’s time for the “Lawn Ranger” to get busy.

    During these hot times when grass is really growing, it’s important to saddle up that lawn mower often and keep the blades sharp. This month is also the right time to fertilize Bermuda, zoysia, and St. Augustine if you’re following N.C. State University’s recommendations—and who wouldn’t be?

  • It's time for annual soil sampling promotion

    It is time again for the annual soil sampling promotion.

    Now is an excellent time to take soil samples. Submitting samples now results in receiving your analysis in three to four weeks or less, rather than submitting in the winter, which will take 12-16 weeks minimum for results to be received.

  • How to beat the summer heat for your plants

    Mulching is one of the most beneficial practices you can do in the landscape. Each year when I teach the Master Gardener class, I challenge them to come up with at least 20 things mulches do in the landscape that would be considered beneficial.

    Somehow, we always get the question about the use of certain types of mulch and the concern for the health and safety of pets and if there are any other concerns about using mulch around the base or foundation of a house.

  • The Plantation Years (1721 to 1774) at Ocean Isle Beach

    In 1720, both pirates and Native Americans were virtually eliminated from the Ocean Isle Beach area. Most of the pirates were hanged in 1720 in Charleston, S.C., and most of the Cape Fear Indians had left the area during the Tuscarora Indian War.

    In 1720, the Ocean Isle Beach area was ripe and vacant for pioneers to begin settlements and try to make a living. Families such as Gause, Frink, Brooks and Moore settled here and started large plantations.