Today's News

  • ELECTION 2010: Three have filed for Soles' Senate seat

    Three people have filed for the chance to take over Sen. R.C. Soles Jr.’s District 8 seat in the North Carolina State Senate.

    Republicans Bill Rabon and Bettie Fennel will face each other in the primary elections this May.

    Rabon said he knows what the people of southeastern North Carolina need and is ready to address their concerns.

  • High school students to share talents this weekend

    Between Wilmington and Myrtle Beach, S.C., there’s enough theater, music and dancing to fill your weekend calendar from now until the end of the year.

    But you might want to leave this weekend open, as high school students from across the county will take center stage to show their talents and prove quality entertainment can be found right here at home.

    Beginning on Thursday, the West Brunswick High School Theatre Department will perform “Color’d Television,” a compilation of episodes from familiar TV shows, each focusing on race relations.

  • Literacy Council opens Touch a Life Learning Center

    “We are here today to celebrate a very special event,” Mari-Lou Wong-Chong told the group gathered at the Brunswick County Literacy Council building Thursday morning.

    The official ribbon cutting marked the opening of the Touch a Life Learning Center, inside the Literacy Center in Supply.

    Wong-Chong, president of the Literacy Council board, said it was “a true labor of love made possible by so many in our community.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department to receive $66,500 in federal funds

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department will receive $66,500 in federal funds for operations and safety improvements.

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., announced in a press release last Thursday Ocean Isle Beach Fire Department would receive funds, along with Sloop Point Volunteer Fire Department and Cerro Gordo Volunteer Fire Department.

  • Terminal groin draft report released

    The N.C. Coastal Resources Commission (CRC) has released a draft report of the terminal groin study that was mandated by the North Carolina General Assembly in 2009.

    The study intended to examine the “feasibility and advisability of the use of terminal groins as erosion control devices,” according to the CRC Web site.

    Contractor Moffatt & Nichol, which conducted the study, examined five terminal groins in North Carolina and Florida, but deemed the effects of terminal groins on natural resources “somewhat subjective.”

  • More dresses, shoes and accessories needed for Wings of Love Prom Closet

    The Wings of Love Prom Closet is still seeking formalwear donations, which will be given to Brunswick County girls in need of dresses, shoes and accessories to wear to prom.

    Wings of Love Prom Closet, a project established by We Have a Mission (WHAM) of Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown, will outfit girls in need with all the essentials to go to the prom free of charge.

    Junior and senior girls of Brunswick County high schools can see their counselors and request a referral form for Wings of Love Prom Closet.

  • New dog park in Shallotte is great for pets and their people companions, too

    They were barking, playing, rolling, jumping and sniffing around, and their owners were glad they finally had a place to do it.

    On Sunday, my husband and I took our dogs to Shallotte’s new Bark Park. The warm weather and sunshine had plenty of other residents and their dogs out there as well.

    If you haven’t been to the new park, you’ll find it at Shallotte Park at 5550 Main St., close to U.S. 17. When you drive into the park, the driveway to the left will take you to the side with the dog park.

  • Brie soup is enhanced with the delicate flavors of leeks and celery

    My introduction to cheese while growing up was limited to sliced American cheese, packaged cream cheese and that little jar of pimento cheese spread that everybody had. It wasn’t until I was much older that I was introduced to the world of “real” cheeses like Gouda, Edam, Swiss, mozzarella, Roquefort, Camembert and Brie.

    Brie cheese is not usually associated with the soup pot, probably due to its appearance and the fact it might not be, to some, the proper use of such a celebrated cheese.


    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Vandalism at Cardinal Pointe; suspect damaged property throughout the development including $150 in damage to a street sign, $200 to a non-DOT stop sign, $200 to an in-ground spotlight, $150 to an information sign, $450 to a future resident sign, $300 to two handicapped parking signs, $150 to a speed limit sign and $40 to two flower beds.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From Feb. 15-21, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Compass Point, Longwood, Shell Point Acres and Cardinal Pointe.

    K-9 deputies issued six uniform citations and made five drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Brandon Lee Taylor, 22, of 1917 Robert Luke Drive NE, Leland; charged with possession of ½ ounce or less of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.