Today's News

  • The dirt on soil: What makes a good potting mix

    Almost any article on plants ends with “and make sure you use a good potting mix.” Great advice, but what does it mean?
    The main functions of a potting mix are: 1) to hold moisture and nutrients around your plants roots, acting as a reservoir for these critical elements of life in your container garden, 2) to provide enough air for growing roots to be able to breath and not rot once you plant your container and 3) to support your plant, providing anchorage for the roots.

  • ‘Beautiful and easy’ is possible in the garden

    One question that natives and transplants both ask is: “What’s something I can plant in the garden that’s beautiful and easy?”
    Beautiful and easy is pretty tough to come by in most aspects of your life, but I do have some suggestions for the garden. Two vines are blooming right now that fit our criteria: Tangerine Beauty crossvine and Amethyst Falls wisteria.

  • Jesus had a dream that has not disappeared

    In Walt Disney’s original production of “Snow White” there is a beautiful song that tells us “a dream is a wish your heart makes when you’re fast asleep.”
    I once had a plaque that reminded me: “Today’s dreams are tomorrow’s realities.”
    The Man of La Mancha sang, “Dream the impossible dream!” Martin Luther King announced hope to overflowing crowds of enslaved blacks in his four words, “I have a dream!” As a child, I loved to play the piano piece “Beautiful Dreamer.”

  • Collier birth

    Zachary Clayton Collier and Megan Arlene Birch Collier of Southport are the parents of a daughter, Genevieve Arlene Collier, born at 4:30 p.m. April 8 at Brunswick Community Hospital.
    She weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.
    She joins a sister, Lexi Payton Collier, 2.
    Maternal grandparents are Donnie and Robin Ratcliffe of Bolivia and Bob and Carolyn Birch of Spotsylvania, Va.
    Paternal grandparents are Horace and Leslie Collier of Oak Island.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, May 3
    Pork cutlet/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, May 4
    Barbecue chicken, mashed potatoes, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, May 5
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, applesauce, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

  • Trying to find different ways of incorporating peas into my meals

    I’m not really a big fan of peas, but I serve them whenever my wife has a craving, which is quite often.
    I always try to keep at least two bags of frozen peas in the freezer-one to satisfy my wife’s craving and the other for an impromptu ice pack when the need arises.

  • Get out and enjoy everything the spring sky has to offer

    Are you enjoying the spring weather? Are you enjoying the spring night sky? More spring star groups are coming into view for our early evening enjoyment.

  • Lewis, Fairley, Tyler all unopposed for judge’s elections

    Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis has no challengers to her re-election bid for the non-partisan seat.

    Also unopposed in their bids to retain their seats on the bench are judges William F. Fairley and Sherry Dew Tyler who represent the 13th Judicial District. The district covers Brunswick, Bladen and Columbus counties.

    In 2007, former Gov. Mike Easley appointed Fairley, of Southport, to the seat vacated by the appointment of Judge Doug Sasser to Superior Court.

  • DSS social work supervisor charged with DWI

    A Brunswick County Department of Social Services social work supervisor who oversees the adoption and foster care units was charged early Monday morning in Wilmington with driving while impaired and reckless driving to endanger.

    According to Cpl. Jerry Brewer of the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office, Kathy Jo Battles, 47, of 4301 O’Neal Place, Wilmington, was arrested at about 2 a.m. Monday, April 26, in the 2100 block of North College Road.

    She was booked in the New Hanover County Detention Center and posted a $1,000 bond.

  • ‘Talk of the Towns’

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce governmental affairs committee hosted its first-ever ‘Talk of the Towns’ breakfast event at the Thistle Golf Club Tuesday morning. Mayors and other officials from Brunswick County towns updated the audience about what’s going on in the municipalities. ABOVE: Carolina Shores Mayor Steven Selby talks about the town’s efforts to bring more commercial development into town. BELOW: Sunset Beach Mayor Ron Klein talks about the progress of the new high-rise bridge being built and other town progress.