Today's News

  • Certain azaleas offer an ‘Encore’ performance

    One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be the Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-four selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the different forms and flower colors. 

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • Community briefs

    Crisis Center seeks volunteers

    The Rape Crisis Center of Brunswick County provides 24/7 crisis response for victims of sexual assault in the community and volunteers play an important role in making sure those services can be offered.

    Volunteer training is being offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Lunch will be provided. If interested in attending, contact Deanna Stoker at 754-7949 or e-mail dstoker@coastalhorizons.org.

    Thrift Shop needs donations

  • Quilts on display at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport

    The Oak Island Beach Quilters 17th annual quilters challenge is now on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    There are 19 pieces in this year’s show. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. At the end of the show, one quilter will receive the People’s Choice award. Visit the exhibit now through Aug. 21 and cast your vote.

  • Senior site menus

     Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Aug. 16

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, blend juice, sugar cookie, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 17

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Beef stew with vegetables, brown rice, vanilla pudding, orange juice, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 19

  • Try using seasonal foods when planning your daily meals

    Have you ever sat down and planned what meals you were going to cook that week without considering what vegetables were in season?

    I know I have. I get this craving for a certain meal that I want to have without even considering if certain foods or veggies are even available at that time of year. When I can’t find what I want, I sometimes end up creating a completely different dish than what I had planned. Sometimes this is a good thing.

  • Pill trafficker found with 11,000 prescription drugs sentenced

    Ritchie L. Carson, 46, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia, has been sentenced to a minimum of 90 months and a maximum of 117 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for trafficking by possession and transportation of the prescription pain medication oxycodone.

  • Town park is not best use of taxpayer dollars

    All of our communities must give serious consideration to the development of green spaces in our growing county.

    Sunset Beach is no exception to this; however, we do not think investing nearly $4 million into a park property is the best use of taxpayer dollars—especially in light of this challenging economy.

    Previously, Sunset Beach commissioners agreed to move forward on the 5.22-acre waterway site only if the town could secure 50 percent of the $3.75 million price in matching grant funding before Sept. 10.

  • Watching a unique experience: Seeing a leatherback turtle nest hatch

    OK, so admittedly, last Thursday wasn’t my best day.

    Facing some different-than-normal stresses in an already normally stressful work environment, I had my evening planned before I left the office.

    I wanted to go home, grab a glass of wine, crawl into my bed and watch a movie. This, I was certain, would re-energize me to face Friday, the beginning of our production cycle, followed by a weekend of already planned activities, including a stop at “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

  • No Port seeking alternative use for NCIT site, continues fight against mega-port

    No Port Southport is continuing its mission to oppose construction of a deepwater container terminal in Southport by seeking alternative uses for the N.C. Ports Authority property now that the project has officially been placed “on hold.”

    Recently, No Port members met with representatives from the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and made a presentation to county commissioners asking for their assistance with locating other industries that might use the 600 acres.

  • Family fights to save belongings, find temporary shelter

    Mike Sherrill still has trouble sleeping at night.

    When he closes his eyes, he sees the flames that “looked almost alive” when he opened his bedroom door last Monday—the day a fire destroyed the home he and his wife have lived in for 20 years.

    At about 1 p.m., Sherrill was returning from his day job and getting ready to work his second job at Food Lion. He threw some clothes in the dryer and had begun to take a bath when he heard a loud boom in the bedroom. He jumped out and ran to the room. That’s where he saw the flames and smoke.