Today's News

  • Southport man's son earns Bronze Star for post-9/11 jump into Afghanistan

    Something about the structure and discipline of military school really made an impression on Matt Dane.

    It spurred the son of Southport resident Pat Dane to straighten out his life, join the Army and, ultimately, become a hero—all to the surprise and pride of his father.

    Pat Dane recently learned the Army has officially recognized Matt Dane for his efforts, specifically, presenting him the Bronze Star for jumping into Afghanistan a month after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

  • How to keep gardens healthy when temperatures dip below freezing

    If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t “habla the Espanola.”

    Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low. So what does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is: “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine.

  • Waxing about the wax myrtle, a popular landscape tree

    Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) is a popular landscape tree and is often grown as a dense hedge for natural screening.

    It is one of the most versatile landscape plants in southeastern North Carolina, offering four seasons of beauty and service. It is a fine textured evergreen shrub or small tree. It will quickly reach heights of 15-25 feet. The narrow, evergreen leaves are a glossy, olive green and are quite aromatic when crushed, releasing a pleasant, spicy scent.

  • BEMC now accepting applications for 2010 community grants

    Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) invites local agencies and groups to apply for a 2010 BEMC Community Grant.

    The program was started in 2003 and provides grants up to $2,500 to groups that provide: family services programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants program has awarded nearly $168,000 to more than 100 projects benefiting citizens all over the area.

  • Park property purchase debated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council voted Monday to get a second appraisal of a 5.22-acre waterway site the town is supposed to buy for a future park if 50 percent grant funding is secured.

    Council also voted 3-2 to authorize town administrator Gary Parker to execute an offer contract with an added contingency the town obtain a second appraisal “at least equal to or greater than $3.75 million.”

    “I’ll run it by the owners and see if we have a deal,” Parker said.

  • Rileys celebrate 50 years

    Judy and Clifton Riley of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 18, 2009. Their daughter, Susan Suggs, gave a reception in their honor at The Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

  • Sharing commonality: Tell me a story before I fall asleep

    Do you remember that ditty from years past, the one that began with the words: “Tell me a story before I fall asleep?” I do. Every once in a while, it bubbles up from the recesses of my mind, and I smile.

    I smile because life is all about telling stories. You tell me your story. I tell you mine. We share the commonality we find in them and make connections, as we can, to the larger story of humanity and divinity. This cosmic tale remains a mystery to be entered and probed.

  • Lady Scorpions beat South, stay perfect in Waccamaw

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—The North Brunswick girls’ basketball team remained unbeaten in the Waccamaw Conference by beating South Brunswick 57-41 Monday night.

    Barbara Graham scored 13 points and Tyera Fisher and Asheley Robbins 12 each for the Scorpions, 4-0 in the conference. Torkwase Mitchell and LaDonna Sloan each scored seven points; Jolanda White four points and Daja White two points.

  • West's boys lose to Whiteville in conference game

    WHITEVILLE—Whiteville’s press was too much to overcome as the Wolfpack beat West Brunswick 61-50 in a Waccamaw Conference game Friday night.

    West had rallied to tie the score 32-32 early in third quarter, but Whiteville forced turnovers that enabled it to take a 54-34 lead en route to the victory.

    For West, winless in the conference and 1-10 overall, Eric Hewett scored 13 points, Brian Gore nine (all three-pointers), Chaz Earp eight.

  • BCC men lose conference opener

    The Brunswick Community College men’s basketball team could not overcome a tall and physical USC Salkehatchie squad in a conference matchup Saturday afternoon at the Dinah E. Gore Fitness & Aquatics Center, losing 80-74.