Today's News

  • Restaurant servers may be transferring germs to you

     Many years ago, I heard Dr. Charles Gerba speak at a conference. He is an internationally recognized environmental microbiologist and professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. Some people call him Dr. Germ. During this speech, he talked about the germiest place in most homes. OK, guess what is it? Hint: it’s not the bathroom. It’s the kitchen sink.

  • The buzzing sound of death

     That annoying buzzing in your ear? It’s the sound of the deadliest animal on the planet –– the mosquito.

    To most of us, mosquitoes are merely a nuisance; to approximately two million people and untold millions of dogs, cats and other animals, it’s the harbinger of death. I’m not talking 1800s death in the Amazon, I’m talking 2015 death globally. At least 700 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases each year by this critter not much bigger than a grain of rice.

  • Hewett-Kent

     Ashley Renae Hewett of Bolivia and Delos Robert Kent of Boiling Spring Lakes were married Sept. 23 in Bolivia.

    The bride is the daughter of Rena Milner of Southport and the late Keith Hewett.

    The groom is the son of Bobby and Tammy Britt of Southport.

    The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Chris Hewett, and escorted by her step-grandfather, Larry Hester.

    She wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of teal, white and coral roses with baby’s breath.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “The average American’s simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak.” –– attributed to Mark Twain

    This week’s mystery plant is sometimes called “beefsteak plant,” so the common name is not a mystery. But what a really interesting plant it is, in part because of its common name. I’m not sure really why, except that the leaves on some plants, in various circumstances, are reddish, like meat.

  • County sends $13M wastewater proposal to Southport

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s utilities department will send a proposal to Southport officials to consider a $13 million project that would increase wastewater capacity.

    HDR Engineering of the Carolinas prepared a preliminary engineering report on expanding the West Brunswick Regional Wastewater System (WBRWS) to provide wastewater treatment, transmission, and effluent disposal for Southport.

    HDR engineer Eric Williams presented the report to the board at its Sept. 21 meeting.

  • Easy-to-make dessert recipes, like Chocolate Earthquake Cake

     For anyone wanting to make a Chocolate Earthquake Cake, I would have one word of caution: Do not try to squeeze it into a smaller pan than specified. You want an earthquake, not a volcano!

    This rich chocolate cake has always had wide appeal, probably because it’s easy and quick to make (my kind of recipe). What makes a dish easy to make? What makes a recipe simple and tasty? All of the ingredients are easily available, probably in your pantry or fridge. And the taste? Just checking off the few simple ingredients needed in these recipes should give you a clue.

  • Holden Beach sends megahouse issues back to planning board

    The Holden Beach planning and zoning board will look at the issue of megahouses, again.

    Commissioner Dennis Harrington proposed an ordinance change to limit residential construction to 5,000 square feet because of his concern that more wedding businesses will build huge houses on the beach.

    In January, commissioners asked for the planning and zoning board to look into a situation involving a 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season with up to 150 people in attendance.

  • SHS Class of 1957 celebrates at Sunnyside School

     Members of Shallotte High School class of 1957 meet Sept. 11 at Sunnyside School in Shallotte to celebrate the 58th anniversary of their graduation. Also attending with class members were Coach Bill Baker and teachers Flo Baker and Faye Bellamy.

  • EPA updates Navassa on beginning of Superfund site cleanup

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency began the early testing stages to clean up a Superfund site in Navassa, but is still struggling to win over residents.

    Navassa residents listened to EPA representatives explain their plans to clean up the Kerr-McGee wood treatment plant at a Sept. 15 community meeting at Navassa’s Mount Calvary AME church.

  • Gaudettes celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

     Marie and Robert Gaudette, residents of Arbor Landing in Shallotte, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.