Today's News

  • Miss Out of this World beauty pageant to feature men in their finest--dresses that is

    A Shallotte police officer, a contractor, a truck driver and a taxi driver walk into a room.

    One of them is wearing a dress. One of them has on high heels, the other a wig.

    Oh, wait. They’re all dressed that way.

    What’s the punch line for this?

    There isn’t one. They’re doing it for a few good laughs and most importantly for a good cause.

    On Saturday, Dec. 5, Brunswick County men will put on sparkling dresses, high heels, wigs and more to compete in the “Miss Out of this World” Beauty Pageant.

  • Eggo shortage makes national news headlines. Really? ‘Leggo!’

    A few weeks ago, I was barreling down the aisles at the Food Lion, throwing items into my cart, when I stopped in my tracks.

    There was a sign that said “Attention customers! Eggo products may be unavailable for several weeks, due to a problem at the processing facility. We hope to have this resolved by mid-November. Thank you.”

    Well, that’s not good, I thought to myself. My son and I love Eggo waffles. They are a staple item in our freezer.

    I knew I had to act quickly, so I grabbed four of the remaining boxes to get through the next few weeks.


    Shallotte police charged the following people and investigated the following incidents during the past week. The information is taken directly from police reports.

    •Police charged Timothy Duane Martin, 54, of 811 Martin St., Wilmington, with driving while impaired, driving while license revoked and left of center in the Hill’s parking lot. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $2,000 secured bond.

  • Ocean Isle Beach Crime Report

    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated property damage reported on Nov. 15. According to the police report, a window was broken at a house on East First Street, but nothing inside appeared to be missing.

  • SBHS student to play with U.S. Army All-American Marching Band

    Ninety-seven high school students will take the field Jan. 9, 2010, and perform during the halftime show at the 2010 U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio. One of those students will represent Brunswick County.

    Phoenix Amrol-Davis, a senior at South Brunswick High School, was selected to be a clarinetist in the U.S. Army All-American Marching Band. Selected from more than 1,300 applicants, Amrol-Davis is one of four high school students from North Carolina that will take part in the third annual marching band performance.

  • Celery is excellent as a vegetable, side dish or used in stuffing

    I have been writing this food column for almost four and a half years now, and recently a friend of mine asked me how I came up with all my ideas to write about each week. I told him I had this long checklist made up of possible food articles and I just checked them off week after week. I probably had enough for 10 years! “Really?” he said.

  • Drink machine break-ins reported in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—Police are investigating two incidents of soft drink machine break-ins reported Monday.

    Machines at Food Lion, 1771 Clippers Way, and Dollar General, 1633 Seaside Road, were broken into sometime overnight.

    Unknown subjects pried open doors on a drink machine at Food Lion but money was left in it, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said.

    The front of another machine at Dollar General was broken. It had not yet been determined whether money was taken.

  • Cedar Grove students selected to sing in Honors Chorus

    Two Cedar Grove Middle School students will travel to Memphis, Tenn., in March to participate in the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) Southern Division Middle School Honors Chorus.

    Seventh-graders Brittany Johnson and Bailey Watts are among nine students from North Carolina who will participate in the chorus. During the ACDA annual conference, the chorus will perform for music educators from across the southern region, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia and West Virginia.

  • Students watch their Ps and Qs during etiquette lunch

    Dressed in their Sunday best, students at Virginia Williamson Elementary School took part in an etiquette lunch last week.

    Principal Caryl Fullwood said teachers and guidance counselors have been teaching students proper table manners and eating habits for about two weeks.

    Students learned how to eat with proper utensils, to put napkins in their laps and how to drink from cups.

  • Brunswick County educators among Bright Ideas grant winners

    A large group of teachers, principals and superintendents from Brunswick and Columbus counties met at Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) headquarters in Shallotte to join BEMC directors for the annual Bright Ideas Educational Grant awards luncheon on Thursday, Nov 12.

    The co-op awarded $33,914 in grants, the highest amount awarded since the beginning of the program in 1994. Bright Ideas grants are awarded for creative teaching programs that are not funded within the usual school budget process.