Today's News

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.

  • Go green: Add a rain garden to your landscape

     Rain gardens are a great way to treat stormwater runoff from roofs, parking lots and driveways. 

    Rather than piping all of that water to a stormwater pond, these depressions in the landscape trap the water and allow it to infiltrate just as it did in its natural state. 

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 9

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 10

    Chicken dumplings, lima beans, peaches, sugar cookies, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Sloppy Joe/hamburger bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 12

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

  • On these hot summer days, have some light, classic chilled soups

     Chilled soups are a great idea for these hot summer days when you just want something light. 

    We had some chili a couple days ago, even though I prefer to have it during the cold winter days, which we don’t seem to have very often around here. So I started thinking about making some chilled soups and came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge.

  • August’s sky is full of wonder—and stars and planets

    August’s sky is full of wonder; however, not the wonder of seeing Mars the size of the full moon.

    Sorry to say that to those prepared to go outside at the end of month hoping to enjoy this celestial wonder.

    Can anyone be safe from the evil, “bad science monster,” restored to life, like a B movie zombie, which invades in-boxes of innocent e-mailers all over the world? Please save everyone and hit delete.

  • A difficult economy leads to few success stories in the restaurant business

    At around 1 o’clock on a recent afternoon, Sunshine Café on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte had been closed for an hour or two due to a lack of business. Workers were busy cleaning up and performing routine maintenance work inside.

    Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Sunshine Café’s regular business hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. But the recent lull in business has the restaurant closed more often during what used to be peak lunch hours.

  • Tax-free weekend expected to be a boon to local retailers

    Several local retailers are looking forward to a lucrative weekend Aug. 6-8 as families take advantage of the state’s “sales tax holiday” savings opportunity to buy new clothes, new notebooks, pens and pencils and laptops.

    The tax-free weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. Friday and will last through 11:59 p.m. Sunday, offering a “holiday” from the state’s 6.75 percent sales tax rate on specific school-related items.

    South Carolina is also having a tax-free weekend at the same time.

  • Missing truck recovered in South Carolina

    SUNSET BEACH—Police have recovered a 2001 Ford pickup truck a resident reported as stolen on July 29.

    The man told police he let a girl named Kelly take the truck for a test drive two months ago and she never brought it back.

    The vehicle was later found in Little River, S.C, and returned to the owner.

    The man did not wish to place charges after getting his truck back, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said. 


    ST. JAMES—Call it a team effort for marine posterity.

    Last week, students from UNCW’s Center for Marine Science and its MarineQuest Oceans 17 program joined with the town of St. James to plant oyster shells—also known as “cultch” in marine lingo—in Beaver Dam Creek off the Intracoastal Waterway.

    Their mission is to create oyster habitat to help the mollusk population grow.

  • Sunset Beach bridge group garners petition signatures

    SUNSET BEACH—A group trying to save the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge brought more than 4,500 petition signatures to Sunset Beach Town Council on Monday night.

    Ann Bokelman of the newly launched Old Sunset Beach Bridge Preservation Society presented the signatures, along with 18 letters from area businesses “in support of your efforts to save the bridge and find a suitable home,” Bokelman said, speaking at the council meeting about the “little bridge that could.”