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Today's News

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week:

    •Assault by pointing a gun on Holden Beach Road in Supply on May 26.

    •Assault inflicting serious injury on Holden Beach Road in Supply on May 26.

    •Possession of stolen property on Little Shallotte River Road in Shallotte on May 26.

    •Burglary, larceny and vandalism on Northridge Drive in Supply on May 26; suspect stole a 32-inch flat-screen TV, a PlayStation 3 and $1,200 worth of video games.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Special Operations Team

    The special operations team at the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office includes the K-9 enforcement team and Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team.

    The ACE Team is a support unit whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county.

  • Commissioners schedule budget workshops

    BOLIVIA—Brunswick County Commissioners have scheduled two upcoming workshops for the 2012-2013 fiscal year budget on June 7 and June 8.

    At their last commissioners’ meeting, Brunswick County Manager Marty Lawing proposed commissioners adopt a $196.2 million-budget for the 2012-2013 fiscal year, which begins July 1.

    Lawing’s proposed budget maintains the current 44.25-cent property tax rate.

    The $196.2 proposed budget is 2.9 percent more than the current fiscal year’s $190.6 million budget.

  • High school graduations to be streamed online, broadcast on ATMC-TV

    Graduating seniors are gearing up to don their caps and gowns, preparing to walk across the stage to receive their diplomas.

    This year, for those who can’t get to Odell Williamson Auditorium on graduation day, family members and loved ones will have several opportunities to watch their favorite senior walk across the stage.

    Graduation commencement ceremonies for all three Brunswick County traditional public high schools are scheduled for Saturday, June 9.

  • Brunswick County unemployment dips for Memorial Day weekend

    County unemployment rates were released Friday, May 25, on the eve of the traditional start to tourist season.

    Brunswick County’s 9.7-percent unemployment for April is down from March’s 10.9-percent unemployment rate. It’s also down from the previous April, which had a 10.8-percent unemployment rate.

    Unemployment rates are documented and released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • Tropical Depression Beryl expected to impact Brunswick County Wednesday morning

    Tropical Depression Beryl is expected to impact Brunswick County on Wednesday morning.

    As of the 5 p.m. National Hurricane Center update Tuesday, May 29, Tropical Depression Beryl was moving northeast at about 8 mph. A gradual increase in forward speed was expected throughout the night on Tuesday, after press time for this paper.

    The center of Tropical Depression Beryl was expected to close in on South Carolina’s coast early Wednesday, and move back over the Atlantic waters by midday Wednesday.

  • Supply woman charged with killing boyfriend with her car

    A Supply woman has been arrested for striking her boyfriend with her vehicle, killing him.

    According to Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Sgt. Del Routh, sheriff’s deputies responded to a home at 1913 Oxpen Road in Supply around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, May 27. When deputies arrived at the home, they found Michael Anthony Pate, 52, underneath a vehicle.

  • St. James to open its gates to feature 32 homes to tour

    ST. JAMES—If you’ve ever wondered what’s inside the gated town of St. James, this weekend is an opportunity to find out.

    Real estate sales are up this year in St. James, and the sales and marketing team wants to open the gates to show the public what the town has to offer.

    From 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Saturday, May 26, and again from noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, May 27, visitors are invited to tour 32 homes and condominiums during an open house weekend.

    It’s free and the public is welcome.

  • A few more food preservation questions

    If you’re a frequent reader of this column, you know the last few weeks I’ve been writing about food preservation. Many people think of this as just canning food, but it can be freezing, drying, pickling, making jams and jellies or drying foods. All are safe methods for food storage...if the process and procedures used are tested and researched.
    Last week I started a short quiz, so you can test yourself on how much you know about food preservation. Here are a few more questions.

  • Check your soil pH

    As a horticulturist you would think I would have done a soil test on my landscape before I planted anything. Well, I did not and on top of that I added ash to my garden as an amendment which actually increases the pH.
    As time went by a few of my prize plants started to yellow and look unsightly. It was now time to test the soil. My suspicions were that the pH was too high. I was right. My pH in several areas were as high as 7.6! Most plants prefer a pH between 5.5 - 6.5, of course it depends on the plant.  Some plant material is pH neutral.