Today's News

  • Leland man arrested on child rape charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a Leland man accused of raping a child.

    Michael Patrick Mazza, 19, of National Avenue, was arrested Thursday, Oct. 13, and charged with six counts of felony crimes against nature, four counts of felony statutory rape and four felony counts of indecent liberties with a child.

    Warrants show Mazza raped a child younger than 13 between June 1 and Sept. 30.

  • Calabash rejects requiring Knox-Box emergency access

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have just said no to requiring use of Knox-Box emergency access systems.

    The board at its Oct. 11 meeting voted against a suggestion by town commissioner Cecelia Herman to develop an ordinance requiring the rapid-entry devices, which are used to hold and provide entry keys of businesses and residences to authorized personnel in the event of an emergency.

    Herman said insurance companies are “moving in that direction.”

  • Medicare open enrollment period under way

    Each year during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries have the opportunity to compare and evaluate their current plans and make changes as necessary.

    Just as your health needs may change from year to year, so may the benefits and costs of your health plan. By comparing plans during the Open Enrollment Period, Medicare beneficiaries can save money and make certain that their 2017 plan will be the best for their needs.

  • County commissioners cancel Nov. 21 meeting

    The Nov. 21 regular meeting of the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners has been canceled because of a lack of time-sensitive matters for consideration and the proximity of the Thanksgiving holiday.

    The corresponding agenda meeting, scheduled for Nov. 15, has likewise been canceled.

  • Hunger and homelessness linger and we are convicted by the grateful outsider
  • How do we restore our faith in humanity?

     By Linda Arnold

    There’s no question our country is deeply divided. Just watch those political debates!

    All you need to do is turn on the TV, scroll through social media or listen to the background chatter in public places to see the extent of this great divide.

    Everything is so “charged.” You can either join the fever pitch or bury your head in the sand. Neither of these are good choices.

    Glass half-full or half-empty?

  • West Brunswick’s Long, Rutter win MEC 3A doubles title

    West Brunswick senior tennis players Emily Long and Olivia Rutter defeated South Brunswick seniors Michaela McIntyre and Hannah Pieper in three sets Oct. 18 in winning the Mideastern 3A Conference doubles title.

    West, which fought off match point in the second set, won 2-6, 7-5, 6-1 during competition in 80-degree weather at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center. From the start of the semifinal to the end of the final, Long and Rutter were on the court for about 3 hours and 25 minutes.

  • A simple, flavorful sauce can enhance most any dish

     While most of us enjoy cooking, whether on the stovetop or grilling outside, we sometimes tend to ignore all the various sauces that can really enhance the flavor and aroma when cooking everything from steak to chicken to pork to fish to vegetables and even certain fruits.

    If cooking chicken breasts, why not liven it up with a zesty lemon and green onion sauce? Or how about some pork chops with a mushroom bourbon sauce?

  • Fall isn’t for planting?

     Horticulture gurus often suggest the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that is true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants (crape myrtle) that are better planted in late winter and early spring. 

  • Five-second rule: Busting another myth

     Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the “Five-Second Rule.” This is a common belief in our culture that food and/or silverware dropped on the floor is “safe” if picked up within five seconds. I guess the line of thought is five seconds isn’t long enough for the food to pick up bacteria, dirt, dog hair or other pathogens.