Today's News

  • 'Soft-sational' songs can sometimes do you wrong

    I never thought it would come to this, but I think listening to too much soft rock music in my lifetime has begun to hurt my writing career.

    First, I innocently mentioned a song by Dan Fogelberg in my Dec. 20 column. A couple of days after I wrote it, but before the paper came out, I learned Fogelberg, singer-songwriter of “Same Old Lang Syne” and “Leader of the Band” from the 1970s and early 1980s, had died of prostate cancer. My timing has never been worse.

    Sorry, Dan. Rest in peace.

  • Some practical wine tips to give you instant wine savvy

    Research has proven that drinking a modest amount of wine can lower your bad cholesterol, increase your good cholesterol, lower your blood pressure, increase your bone density, reduce your chances of having kidney stones and increase your memory.

    And that’s just to name a few of the advantages being touted by wine in general.

    So with that in mind, I decided to list some practical tips that will give you instant wine savvy!

  • An anniversary tribute

    Anthony J. Munna and Amelia Munna of Supply were preparing to celebrate 60 years of marriage when Anthony Munna died Christmas Day. The couple was married Dec. 28, 1947, in New York. The Munnas children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren want to honor his memory by paying tribute to the couple’s long life together.

  • Resolutions for the home gardener

    With the excitement of a new year, you may be thinking about making resolutions for 2008. But have you ever thought to make a resolution to improve your landscape? Here are a few resolutions you may want to make for 2008.

    Resolve to remove the grass under your trees and put down a ring of organic mulch. Mowing equipment and string trimmers can damage trees if used improperly.

  • A brief lesson on different horticultural oils

    No, we’re not going to discuss crude oil prices more than $100 per barrel or the subsequent jump at the pump. This update concerns the horticultural oil we use to control scales, spider mites, aphids, whiteflies, mealybugs and other critters.

    Ever wonder what the difference is between “summer oil” and “dormant oil”? How about “superior” and “supreme”? Let’s try to clear up some of the confusion.

  • Happy New Year to home gardeners

    I hope that each and every one of you had your holiday wishes come true.

    If Santa didn’t quite bring you exactly what you asked for, then you may be able to pick up some bargains priced just right for you to take home.

    Don’t forget to check on some of the gardening equipment needs for the coming spring season. You may find this to be just the right time of the year to pick up the items that will make your spring gardening chores easier to handle this year.

  • School board to forward complaint to AG

    BOLIVIA—North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper may soon decide Ray Gilbert’s future as a Brunswick County Board of Education member.

    At a special meeting Friday, the board voted 4-1, with Gilbert dissenting, adopting a resolution to forward a copy of a domestic violence protective order against Gilbert to the attorney general. North Carolina law does not allow a school board to remove one of its elected officials; the decision instead is left up to the AG’s office.

  • Parent protests against board member

    The North Carolina Attorney General may be the one to decide whether or not to remove Ray Gilbert from the Brunswick County Board of Education, but Tracey Danka is doing everything she can to make sure the attorney general knows her—and many others’—opinion.

    Danka started a petition Monday urging the attorney general to remove Gilbert from his elected position. She started collecting signatures Monday morning outside Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School but was asked to leave the school property.

  • Two new bills, no funding put local jail in a crunch

    BOLIVIA—Two new state laws aimed at identifying illegal inmates and inmates with mental illnesses took effect at local detention centers Jan. 1.

    But Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald E. Hewett said no additional funds were earmarked for either the education or enforcement of these two new booking requirements.

    The first law, Senate Bill 229, requires detention center officers immediately establish the place of birth and country of citizenship of all inmates charged with a driving while impaired offense or other felony at the time of booking.

  • Closed gallery puts art on lockdown

    CALABASH—Local artists are complaining they’ve been painted into a corner after a landlord closed and changed the locks on a gallery where their work was being displayed on consignment.

    But property owner Forrest King, who also is a Calabash commissioner, said he had no choice after gallery manager Russ Brassard failed to pay rent.

    Artists claim King is holding their work hostage after the gallery abruptly closed in December.