Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Here’s a little botanical story involving native lilies. And who doesn’t like lilies?

  • Can you become an expert by practicing an hour a day?

    By Linda Arnold


    How long have you been yearning to play an instrument, learn a new sport or become a gourmet cook?

    Like most of us, you have stops and starts when it comes to mastering a skill. The key is Vitamin D: Discipline.

    Inspirational speaker Earl Nightingale said you can become an expert by practicing this formula: one hour each day, five days a week, for five years. While that may sound daunting, those five years are going to come and go anyway. It depends on your level of commitment.

  • Reflections on the lost and found

    It all began with an anguished sigh. “My hearing aid is broken!” Yes, there are two aids and only one was inoperable, but the loss is mighty. Voices must now rise to nearly shouting level. There is the return of the repeated question: “What???” It is accompanied by a voiced lament: “I can’t hear you!” Urgent attention to the dilemma was obvious. A trip to Costco became an immediate need. It would definitely be return or replace without repeal.

  • Davis retires from N.C. Army National Guard

    Col. Dean Davis, a 1981 graduate of West Brunswick High School, has retired after 30 years of service with the N.C. Army National Guard. He is the son of Marion and Carolyn Davis of Varnamtown.
    Davis was recently honored at the 75th Davis Reunion at White Lake. Past assignments include Commander of 252 Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville; Deputy Director of Infantry Warfighters forum; Deputy Director of the host nation Coordination Cell Ammon Jordan; and Deputy Director U.S. Property and Fiscal Office N.C. Army National Guard.

  • Cookout safety

    I recently went to a large family reunion where there were lots of hamburgers being cooked on grills. Was there a food thermometer in sight? Nope. USDA advises us to use a food thermometer to accurately measure if meat is cooked to a high enough internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria that may cause a foodborne illness. This means on the grill, too. Many folks are not in the habit of using these tools and they are easily forgotten when packing for a picnic or cooking outside.

  • Killing and controlling the spread of chamberbitter

    Jim Gregory, a local resident and retired N.C. State forestry professor, sent me a note about a plant that he calls “niruri.” If you are into plant Latin, it’s Phyllanthus urinaria. In South America and Asia, this plant grows into a small shrub used to make an herbal remedy for kidney stones. “Niruri” literally means “break stone” in Spanish. 

  • Woman aims to connect Brunswick County and Horry County, S.C., professionals

    If Brunswick County officials won’t embrace the federal government’s decision to connect the county to the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area businesswoman will.

    Laurie Thomas Vass, president of The Private Capital Market, moved to Little River, S.C., three years ago. Since then, she said, there hasn’t been any success getting government representatives from Horry County, S.C., and Brunswick County together.

  • Financing decision delays H2GO board action

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board voted to award $26 million in contracts for a reverse osmosis plant at its July 18 meeting, but the checks won’t be cashed just yet.

    The four contracts approved by the board are contingent upon the North Carolina Local Government Commission approving financing to sell $23.5 million in bonds to pay for the plant.

  • GSATS approves $750K for Carolina Bays report

    CAROLINA SHORES — Southern Brunswick County residents could have a chance to speak their minds on a Carolina Bays highway connector between South Carolina and North Carolina by the fall once a draft Environmental Impact Statement study begins.

    The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study members voted July 28 to put $750,000 into the DEIS to begin moving forward.

  • Human trafficking victim advocate describes assistance efforts during OIB visit

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Visitors and residents in Ocean Isle Beach learned about some realities of human trafficking in North Carolina during a presentation by Justice Ministries’ Mark Blackwell on July 27.

    The victim advocate and speaker was invited to Brunswick County by Carston Allen, the new owner of Carolina School of Surf.

    Allen, a Charlotte native and lifelong visitor to Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from UNC-Charlotte in December and interviewed with Justice Ministries for an internship before he move to the island to buy the surf business.