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Today's News

  • Business briefs

    Top producers honored with dinner
    Century 21 Sunset Realty recognizes its staff for their achievements for the past year and its top producing agents at a company dinner.
    Office awards are presented to Vicki Griffith, Debbie Kinlaw, Hugh Munday, Gaye Kerr, Duane Lewis, Ruby Mew, Alice Noonan, Brad Vanderburg, John Clegg, Arnold Sanchez and Dave Nelson.
    Top Producer was Hugh Munday and Gaye Kerr and Dave Nelson both received an Award of Excellence.

    Dosher’s Stanley named ACHE Fellow

  • Nursing staff honored for program

    The nursing staff at the Brunswick County Health Department was presented an award from the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners at a recent board meeting.
    The 2011 Outstanding County Program Awards in Human Services was given to the nurses for their innovative immunization work with the Brunswick County Schools. The purpose of the health department’s School-based Influenza Vaccination Program is to increase vaccinations among school-aged children in Brunswick County.

  • Sutton earns volunteer award

    In observance of National Volunteer Week, Volunteer Columbus! presented the annual Columbus Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service during a ceremony April 25 at the Cooperative Extension Service. Any individual, group or organization in Columbus County whose volunteer activities benefit the community or the state of North Carolina in a substantial, important or unique way was eligible for this award.

  • Slime molds popping up on irrigated lawns

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A few homeowners have recently asked me about gray powdery stuff showing up in small areas of their lawns. This slime mold on turf looks like burnt wood ashes that have been scattered in small spots on a lawn.
    Those of you lucky enough to get a few sporadic showers or who have irrigated lawns may notice these slimy areas.
    Hopefully, rain will arrive soon to relieve us of this extended drought. When it does, slime mold may pop up on more lawns.

  • Refresh in June, Iced Tea Month

    June is Iced Tea Month. After checking several references, I couldn’t find out who made this declaration or how long it’s been around. But does it matter, especially here the South where iced tea is frequently the beverage of choice? We don’t really need a special month to celebrate this popular beverage.
    Statistics show Americans now drink more tea than the British and approximately 85 percent of that is iced tea.
    As with many foods and beverages, there are many stories of how iced tea got started.

  • Our plants prosper in spite of us

    The world is full of luscious landscapes comprised of the color green. Everywhere we look, from the city streets to the beaches, there is plant life. No matter the situation, plants seem to grow and even to prosper despite the best efforts of people and geography. Yet we are not happy.
    If there is an oak in our backyard, we are disappointed if it is small; if there is a rose on our trellis, we are disappointed if it is not covered in blooms; if there is a tomato plant on our patio and it is not covered in bright, red tomatoes, we are disappointed.

  • Religion briefs

    Children’s camp begins June 13
    Strong in Grace Ministries at New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road (N.C 211) in Bolivia, is sponsoring a children’s summer camp from June 13 through Aug. 17 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is included. To register, call 253-0477.

  • Ordinary people live valorous, extraordinary lives

    Recently, I read Scott Turow’s novel, “Reversible Errors.” It’s not a book I found especially interesting, but one I labored to finish nonetheless. I am always certain there is some redemptive value, some phrase or thought that will provide fodder for meditation.
    Voila, I read a sentence that struck me. “People don’t think much about the valor of ordinary lives.”

  • Education briefs

    Cedar Grove names Bulldogs of Month
    Cedar Grove Middle School has named its Bulldogs of the Month for April, May and June.
    Eighth grade
    Gavin Reed, Brittani Wilson, Garrett Hansen, Matthew Grissett, Emillio Bonifacio, Savannah Prevost, Dalton Reagan, Michael Nelson, Danielle Duncan, Brook Benton, Olivia Pittman, Nahisha Garcia, Darcy Evans, David Venegas, Caleb Renfrow, Dakota Hewett and Maria Isabel Santamaria.
    Seventh grade

  • CGMS Students collect books for Literacy Council

    A few members of the Cedar Grove Middle School Junior National Honor Society decided to have a book drive to help out The Brunswick County Literacy Council. The society requires all members perform eight hours of community service each semester.
    The book drive lasted the entire month of May and the deadline was May 30. A grand total of 1,338 books were collected. Sixth-grade students donated 293 books, seventh-grade students donated 713 books and eighth-grade students donated 332 books.