Today's News

  • Using honey to heal

     Honey has been used as a healing agent for thousands of years. Ancient Egyptians highlighted honey as one of the “Three Healing Gestures” of cleaning the wound, applying a salve made of honey, vegetable fiber and animal fat, and bandaging the wound. Ancient Greeks extolled the importance of honey as both a topical treatment and as an edible elixir.

    So why isn’t honey used more today? Interestingly, medicinal honey is undergoing a bit of a renaissance because of some unfortunate developments.

  • Array of summertime activities heats up

    Now that it’s officially summertime, it’s time to celebrate with summertime activities.

    Would you like to cool off while absorbing knowledge? Visit one of the local libraries, which have launched individual summer events and schedules.

    Coastal Stadium 10 at 5200 Bridger Road in Shallotte is another cool summertime indoor venue at this time of the year with its free Summer Kids Series

    If appreciating nature in the great outdoors is more your thing, consider taking one of the weekly summertime walks to Bird Island.

  • Suffering is not easily endured but it pulses with life

     Nobody wants to suffer. Nobody likes it, even if it is inevitable and must be endured. We’d much rather sing a happy tune, wear a smiling face, and pretend there is no ache in our hearts and lives. Yet, if we are honest with ourselves and truthful with our reflection on life, suffering is always present in one form or another.

  • Summer Concerts 2016: Band of the Week: Fantastic Shakers shake up Calabash on June 28

    The third week of September 1978 marked the start of an era, the launch of The Fantastic Shakers, now renowned and touted as the “South’s Finest Show Band.”

    Since the beginning, the Lincolnton-based band, which graces Calabash’s summer concert series stage starting at 6:30 p.m. next Tuesday, June 28, has performed more than 6,000 engagements from New York to Florida.

  • Don’t believe everything you think

     By Linda Arnold

         I just returned from an amazing retreat at the Omega Institute in upstate New York that really helped to recharge my batteries.

         It was definitely food for the soul.  I attended workshops with experts in the mind/body/spirit arena, spent time in nature, practiced yoga and meditation and treated myself to some soothing massages. Just what the doctor ordered!


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  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    It has gotten really hot this week … suddenly. Fortunately, yesterday afternoon we had a tremendous thunderstorm that dropped plenty of water on the garden, filled up my rain barrel and cooled everything off considerably. Wonderful! But it’s not even summer yet, technically. I guess we have some cooling thunderstorms to look forward to.

  • Sunset Beach OKs beachfront pools, acts to head off de-annexation bill

    SUNSET BEACH — Sunset Beach Town Council has approved swimming pools for the east end of the island and court paperwork to protect its ownership interests on the west end.

    Action came following a 40-minute closed session at a board meeting Tuesday as council approved 4-1 a “memorandum of understanding” between the town and lot owners of Palm Cove on the east end to amend the town’s settlement with the oceanfront development from last June 2015.

  • Use spinach for salads, soups, pasta sauces and dips

     When I was kid growing up, I remember the commercials for spinach featuring “Popeye the Sailor Man” with his pronounced muscles attributed to his eating of spinach. Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department June 13-16

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    June 13

    Larceny of coolers reported on Cobia Street.

    June 16

    Breaking and entering, damage to real property, identity theft and unauthorized use reported on Fairway Drive East.

    Obtaining property by false pretense reported on Azalea Circle.

    Larceny of power reported on Shoreline Drive West.

  • Calabash OKs new budget with same tax rate

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have approved the town’s 2016-17 fiscal budget of $1,243,378 with no tax rate change.

    The budget unanimously approved by the board at its June 14 meeting will maintain the town’s current tax rate of .0875 per $100 of assessed value.