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Today's News

  • Little River gets ready for Blue Crab Festival

    For the 27th year, a sleepy fishing village just south of the Carolinas border will come alive and get crabby as the award-winning Little River, S.C., Blue Crab Festival unfolds this Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18.

    Situated beneath historic live oak trees on the unincorporated town’s waterfront, the festival will encompass plenty of food, round-the-clock entertainment, rows of arts and crafts booths and children’s activities.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

  • Percy Sledge lights up BCC stage Friday

    Legendary singer Percy Sledge will take the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 16.

    Mention the name Percy Sledge to most any music fan in the world, and you’ll invariably elicit a woebegone version of “When A Man Loves A Woman.”

    It’s Sledge’s signature song and a tune that defined the summer of 1966 and each one thereafter. Sledge, however, is far from a one-hit wonder.

  • Being a steward of the environment

    Many homeowners care for lawns, gardens, shrubs and trees by applying plant nutrients and sometimes pesticides.

    When these items are improperly stored or applied, the result may be that these products move through the soil into the groundwater or wash off into surface waters.

    Fertilizers should be stored in a locked, dry cabinet. Keep fertilizers and pesticides on separate shelves. Load your fertilizer spreader on the driveway or other hard surface so you can easily sweep up any spills.

  • Gardening tips for a productive May

    ‘Full steam ahead‘ for Turfgrass

    Now is the time to get started on the warm season grass activities (e.g. Bermuda, centipede, zoysia and St. Augustine).

    Seed, sprig, plug or plant rolls of sod now and throughout the summer in the Cape Fear region of North Carolina.

    Fertilize, water, mow low and let it grow. Centipede is the exception to the typical lime and fertilizer suggestions, since centipedegrass prefers acid soils and fertilizing just once in early June.

  • A new look for the Chinese fringe flower

    There is no plant success story quite like the one for loropetalumor (Chinese fringe flower).

    The traditional plant with green leaves and creamy white flowers languished in relative obscurity for several hundred years.

    Interest in the plant exploded in the 1980s with the introduction of selections with burgundy foliage and hot pink flowers. Now, only 20 years later, pink loropetalums are as common as Dale Earnhardt Jr. T-shirts at Talledaga.

  • Two arrested, charged with Realtor's shooting death

    Two suspects have been arrested and charged with the murder of 34-year-old Shallotte Realtor Adam Grant Bradshaw.

    Last Thursday, sheriff’s deputies arrested Craig Juan Bryant, 46, and Lora A. Moultrie, 46, both of 4395 Owendon Drive, Shallotte, for their alleged roles in Bradshaw’s murder.

    Bryant has been charged with murder. Moultrie has been charged with first-degree murder and felony conspiracy, according to chief deputy John Ingram.

  • Grappling with the cost of gas

    George Wendel filled his tank in the nick of time Monday morning, just before the price of gas went up another 11 cents.

    As the Carolina Shores resident pumped gas into his older model Cutlass Ciera at a Kangaroo convenience store in Little River, S.C., a store employee climbed the store’s humongous red and yellow sign on U.S. 17 to post the latest fuel hikes.

    Wendel paid $3.589 per gallon for regular gas at the store just across the state line from Brunswick County. When the employee descended back down to the ground, the price for regular had risen to $3.699.

  • Commissioners approve rezoning requests

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board approved two rezoning requests at their regular meeting Monday evening.

    A request to rezone 13.86 acres on Stone Chimney Road in Supply to low-density residential from its split-zoning designation of low-density residential and rural residential. Board members also approved the associated land-use plan amendment.

    Board members also approved a request to rezone 161.93 acres on Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia to rural residential from low-density residential, and the associated land-use plan amendment.

  • Davis picked as challenger for commissioner's seat

    Democrat Marion Davis will join Republican county commissioner Marty Cooke on November’s ballot to vie for the remaining two years of David Sandifer’s unexpired term.

    Members of the Brunswick County Democratic Party Executive Committee nominated Davis on Saturday to be the Democratic candidate for District 2 county commissioner.

    After longtime commissioner and board chairman Sandifer’s death April 4, executive committee members of both parties had 30 days to nominate a candidate to run for the remaining two years of Sandifer’s term.

  • Real estate sales may be on an upswing

    Is the real estate market in Brunswick County on the upswing?

    Local agents and brokers say it’s not where they want it to be, and it probably won’t return to the 2005 peak, but it’s improving. The numbers back them up.

    Most in the business believe the market is returning to a “stable” level, with home values increasing steadily rather than at the rapid rates of several years ago.