Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed two major transportation bills, one I sponsored and one I opposed; we got a glimpse of the Senate’s version of the 2016-17 budget; and we saw two bills involving Sunset Beach pass the Senate.

    On May 30, I was privileged to attend the Memorial Day celebration and observance for our fallen military heroes at the Battleship North Carolina.

  • Developer presents design proposal for Shallotte Riverfront Town Center

     SHALLOTTE — Shallotte’s Riverfront Town Center will be designed as a place for people “to drive to, rather than drive through,” according to its master developer.

    Bob Chapman of Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners LLC (TND) presented their vision for the project to a group of almost 50 interested citizens, town officials and staff on May 31.

    It will be based on principles of New Urbanism: walkability, locally suitable architecture and environmental sustainability.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 23, 24, 25, 26 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, May 23

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Hydrangeas: Superstars of the Southern garden

     Ask those with dirty fingernails what makes a “Southern garden” and you’re likely to hear about evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and, our subject for this week, hydrangeas. While these superstars of the Southern garden deserve the accolades, native plant purists will thumb their noses at these Asian imports. I’ve reached the age where I realize that life offers a lot more gray than black and white, so I’m fine with great plants, wherever they come from, as long as they aren’t invasive.

  • New dietary guidelines

     The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been out for about six months. Professionals in the nutrition field anxiously awaited their release, but I’m guessing most other folks haven’t heard much about them. The DGA are developed to help promote health and prevent chronic disease for current and future generations by making recommendations about what makes up a healthy diet.

  • God’s politics trump all others

     I know, I know … ‘trump” is a loaded word these days. Whatever one’s affiliation might be, in life’s game folks are always looking for a trump card to hold. This holds true in religious circles as well as political ones. Heated debates derive from our individual and communal desires to be right, inerrant and accurate in our facts and our faith. However, to do so also carries both a challenge and a consequence: CHANGE! In turn, change demands continued conversation, communication, and charity.

  • Are you living your life so there will be no regrets?

     By Linda Arnold

    The recent Memorial Day weekend certainly provided a time for reflection.

    Honoring those who have passed on also creates the space to take stock of our own lives. If your major thoughts center on your “to do” list — or what other people think of you — strap yourself in.         

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Such shocking pink in the middle of the hot, dry woods! You wouldn’t expect to see it, yet that is where our psammophyte grows.

  • Daikon radishes will win you over once you’ve tried them

     My wife and I enjoy making our weekly jaunt to the local farmers market for lettuce, tomatoes or whatever. Each time we go, I notice these really large, overgrown white radishes, called Daikon radishes. They are one of the largest radishes, ranging from six to 15 inches in length, and two to three inches in diameter. A bunch of three are less than $1.50, so it seems like a great deal. But now what would I do with them?


  • Lockamy birth

     Keith and Rebecca Lockamy of Supply are the parents of a son, Thomas Keith Lockamy, born at 3:57 p.m. May 15 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington weighing 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measuring 16-1/2 inches in length.

    He joins a brother, Adam Greene, 17.