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Today's News

  • Second case of rabies confirmed

    On May 8 a raccoon attacked a 14-year-old lab in the Supply area off of Stone Chimney Road.

    The raccoon was shot by the dog's owner and sent to the state lab for testing. The results came back positive on May 10.

    The dog was not current on its rabies vaccination and will be humanely euthanized. The owner was given the option of having his dog quarantined for 6 months at his expense. If the dog was current on its rabies vaccination, it would have just needed a rabies booster vaccination, health officials said.

  • Sunset Beach council workshop next Tuesday

    In addition to considering a tolling agreement for Jaguar’s Lair, Sunset Beach Town Council will address the following agenda items at its upcoming monthly workshop at 9 a.m. next Tuesday, May 15, in the town hall conference room.
    •Parking engineer discussion on scope of work for the Sunset Beach island
    •Bike trail/pedestrian walkway presented by Michael Norton
    •Consideration of adoption of ordinance 130.15, shading devices discussion
    •Consideration of approval for tolling agreement with Mark Saunders, Coastal Communities

  • Aquaculture program gets national attention

    Just one meeting with Barry Bey, aquaculture instructor at South Brunswick High School, and you just can’t help but like all things fish. His knowledge and enthusiasm is contagious and the program has gained yet another place in the national spotlight by a group who knows a thing or two about fish.

  • Communities in Schools recognizes volunteer efforts

    Communities in Schools of Brunswick County recognized two recipients of its Governor’s Award for Volunteer Service on Tuesday, April 17.
    As a “lunch buddy” at Leland Middle School, H. Pete Erbe was recognized as an outstanding mentor. He has lunch with his mentee one day a week, taking a vital interest in the student. He helps set goals and follows up on the student’s success in meeting those goals. With an Army background, Erbe is well aware of the needs of students and how important it is to have a strong mentor.

  • Dragon Snappers 4-H’ers take part in community service project

    On April 18, the Brunswick County 4-H Junior Master Gardener youth who comprise the Dragon Snappers 4-H Club at Southport Christian School began their newest community service project called Adopt a Spot.
    A crape myrtle tree was planted on school grounds near the school’s flagpole. Each member of the club will make it their responsibility to water and care for the tree.
    Club members had their monthly meeting led by the club officers.

  • Brunswick Cooperative Extension offers tips on canning

    Love fresh fruits and vegetables? Want to enjoy them year round but do not know how to preserve them? Join Brunswick County Cooperative Extension from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, to learn the basics of canning and freezing with instructions on “how-to-do-it.”
    Topics will include:
    •When to harvest produce.
    •Estimated yield of canned fruits and vegetables from fresh.
    •Cost of preserving and storing food.
    •Is it worth your time and money?

  • Preserving foods: Resources for updated recipes

    We’ve received quite a few calls lately from people questioning the safety of or looking for a little advice on their home preserved foods. I had one man call about green beans, as the seals are breaking on the jars he put up last summer. Another caller was concerned about the cloudiness in the liquid surrounding her home-canned sweet peas. A woman asked about a remake recipe for too runny homemade jam.

  • Watch pH and watering to prevent vegetable blossom end rot

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Are the bottom ends of your tomatoes or squash turning black or leathery, or failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is most common on tomatoes and squash, though it may also occur on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and zucchini.

  • Predator insects play a part in the garden’s grand scheme

    Every year, I eagerly await the opening of one of my favorite roses, Lady Bird, with its five-inch size blooms and fiery, coral-orange color. It is quite a showstopper.
    This year was no different. In the spring, my rose blooms are typically larger because there are fewer pests around to feed on them.
    Well, my rose did open, but to my surprise, was not as bold and beautiful as in the past. I decided to do some scouting to see if I could determine what or who the culprit was disturbing my plant.

  • Club briefs

    Native Americans to speak at history meeting
    The next meeting of the Brunswick County Historical Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Brunswick Community College, Building A, in Bolivia. The society meets the second Monday in February, May, August and November.