Today's News

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 22

    Alethea Barachiah Harrison, 30, 1817 Little Shallotte River Drive, cited on a charge of shoplifting $52.52 worth of food items from Wal-Mart.

    Aug. 7

    Terrence Vicheion Jackson, 36, was arrested on an order for arrest on a charge of failure to appear in court on a charge of injury to personal property.

  • Travel study shows visitor spending in Brunswick County close to $500 million

    Tourists spent an estimated $496 million in Brunswick County last year, according to a travel industry study released Aug. 11.

    The study was prepared for Visit North Carolina by the U.S. Travel Association, which provides annual estimates of the impact of the travel activity of U.S. residents on national, state and county economies.

  • North Brunswick Chamber presents car show, drive-in movie Saturday

    The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce hosts its 12th annual car show, Leland Under the Lights, Saturday afternoon, Aug. 22.

    The show will be from 3 to 8 p.m. at the Brunswick Forest
Lowes Foods on U.S 17 in Leland, rain or shine.

    The car show will set up just to the left of the Lowes Foods store on the asphalt, not in the field so everyone will be “under the lights,” which is where the name comes from, Susan Cruse, past North Brunswick Chamber board president, said.

    “Brunswick Forest has it blocked off for us,” she said.

  • Holden Beach police chief cites thefts from unlocked vehicles

    HOLDEN BEACH — Holden Beach Police Chief Wally Layne told the town board visitors leaving their vehicles unlocked is the reason for the number of thefts in town over the summer.

    But they can’t seem to get the message — lock your doors — across.

    “I don’t know how many times I’ve said it,” Layne told town commissioners during their Aug. 11 meeting. “For the last month we have been worn out by drug addicts from the mainland coming to the island to shop (from) unlocked cars.”

  • County commissioners still support seismic surveying, offshore drilling

    BOLIVIA — While two Brunswick County commissioners changed their minds on supporting seismic surveying and offshore drilling in the Atlantic Ocean, a 2-2 vote Monday night, Aug.17, kept the county as one of few advocates for these activities on the North Carolina coast.

    Commissioners approved a resolution supporting seismic testing and offshore oil exploration during their July 6 meeting. But after a number of residents voiced their concerns over the decision at the board’s July 20 meeting, commissioners decided to take a second look at the issue.

  • Two new drug agents help sheriff’s office combat heroin problem

     SUPPLY — Lt. Steve Lanier, who supervises the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit, was sitting at his desk this week when the phone rang. A concerned member of the community had phoned Lanier and his team of narcotics agents to say he suspected a man of planning to traffic large amounts of heroin into the county soon.

    As recently as five years ago, such a tip would’ve been a major breakthrough for the Drug Enforcement Unit. On this particular sweltering afternoon in August, it was just another day at the office.

  • Do you replay negative situations over and over in your mind?

    By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    So, you’ve had a spat with your spouse.  Or, your boss came down on you.  Finally, your kids got on your very last nerve.

    The conversation may not have been pretty, and it’s over. Do you find yourself replaying it over and over in your mind, though? Thinking ‘bout other things you could have said. Wondering how they’re reacting. Wishing you could have been more forceful — or more tactful.

    Why do we do this to ourselves?  And, is there a way to stop?

  • Love is a four-letter word

    Very often, when we officiate at weddings, Hubby Dear will offer a short message for bride, groom, and participants. He always gains their attention with this opening remark: “Love is a four-letter word.”You can imagine the straightened backs and curious glances as folks wonder what is coming next.

    It’s easy to understand the reaction to what might be considered a bizarre statement, especially one made in the context of a marriage ceremony.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful, available at farmers markets

    When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful. Even though it’s available year round, I love corn during the summer when it is at its peak.

    Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in supermarkets. Corn loses it freshness very quickly.

    Corn on the cob is usually prepared one of three ways: boiling, roasting or microwaving.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Let’s talk about the carrot family, the Apiaceae.

    This is a very large family, known mostly from temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, with many genera and many species, these known since antiquity, and valued for a variety of foods, spices, flavors, and medicines … and poisons.