Today's News

  • ELECTION 2010 Ingram, Daniels vie for GOP nomination for sheriff

    An unaffiliated candidate has thrown his hat in the ring to be Brunswick County’s next sheriff.

    Andy Kelly, a retired Shallotte police officer, plans to run for sheriff as the unaffiliated candidate. He joins incumbent sheriff John Ingram, who will face off against challenger Tim Daniels to seek the GOP nomination for sheriff.

    Democrats Louie Lewis and Elizabeth Lewis have filed to seek the Democratic nomination for sheriff.

  • Locals continue to fight against forced annexation in wake of towns' agreement

    Property owners along the Midway Road corridor including Midway Trading Post owner Mike Richards are still a little stunned at their recent “victory” against St. James’ annexation of their property, but Richards isn’t giving up the fight to change state laws that allow forced annexation.

  • Former teacher assistant files lawsuit claiming termination was based on racial discrimination

    A former Brunswick County Schools teacher assistant and bus driver is suing the board of education, claiming she was terminated after a student who wet himself falsely accused her of refusing him to use the bathroom.

    A lawsuit on behalf of Anna Stanley was filed Feb. 11 in Brunswick County Superior Court. Stanley, who was hired by the district in 2002, claims her termination was based on racial discrimination, which violated her constitutional right to equal protection.

  • Earth Angels trike for heart health

    SHALLOTTE—Eighteen-year-old Courtney Robinson knows the importance of heart health.

    Diagnosed with a heart murmur at age 16, Robinson said awareness is the key to preventing heart disease.

    “I’ve learned you have to exercise and you have to eat right, and if you don’t do it, it will mess you up,” she said.

    According to the American Heart Association, cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

    “It kills more people than cancer,” Robinson said.

  • The giraffe next to an engagement ring

    A giraffe next to an engagement ring? No, this is not a clue from a truly strange scavenger hunt, or two items from a strange shopping list. They are, however, two interesting star formations in the evening sky and are relatively easy to see.

    The giraffe is not a well-known group of stars; you may recall the group from the Latin name, Camelopardalis. The second grouping, the engagement ring, includes a famous star, Polaris. These two star arrangements have an interesting past.

  • Are you tired of centipede? Try zoysia

    Old Man Winter has been relentless this year, but I always know spring is close when I see the Amazoy advertisement in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper.

    While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Meyer zoysia grass plugs they are selling, there are better zoysias available now. Crowne, Empire, Zenith and newer selections like JaMur and Zeon spread more aggressively and maintain good to excellent color through the summer.

  • Turfgrass fertilization time? Not necessarily

    The Master Gardener info line is receiving calls concerning lawn fertilization and weed and feed.

    March is not the time to fertilize turfgrass varieties grown here. March is usually the time your local garden centers begin major advertising campaigns to sell lawn fertilizers. For the types of grasses grown in this area, make sure it’s the right time to feed your lawn. In general, the best time to fertilize a lawn here is when it is actively growing. That is usually May at the earliest.

    Fescue should be fed in the fall

  • Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits filed against Brunswick developer

    Two more multiple-plaintiff lawsuits against a prominent Brunswick County developer have been filed in Brunswick County Superior Court.

    The lawsuits, filed Feb. 4 and Feb. 22, list multiple plaintiffs, many of whom purchased properties in Mark Saunders’ developments Seawatch at Sunset Harbor and Ocean Isle Palms.

    The two lawsuits were filed on the heels of a December 2009 lawsuit filed on behalf of property owners in another Saunders’ development, Ocean Ridge Plantation.

  • ELECTION 2010 Burr seeks second term in U.S. Senate; faces primary competition

    Eleven candidates have filed for office hoping to represent North Carolina in the U.S. Senate.

    Incumbent U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., filed for re-election for his second term in Washington, D.C.

    In the May 2010 Primary Election, Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, will be challenged by three fellow Republicans vying for the GOP nomination—Larry Linney of Charlotte, Brad Jones of Toxaway, and Eddie Burks of Ashboro.

  • ELECTION 2010 Three Republicans vie to challenge incumbent Democrat for U.S. House

    Three Republicans, two of whom are Iraq war veterans, are vying for the GOP nomination to challenge incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., to represent North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives.

    Republicans Randy Crow, of Kelly, and Ilario Pantano, of Wilmington, who filed for office Feb. 24, joined fellow Republican Will Breazeale, who filed for office Feb. 12.

    Pantano and Breazeale are both Iraq war veterans.