Today's News

  • Encore, Encore! Celebrating the hybrid Encore azalea

    Since 1998, 23 Encore azalea selections have been released to the public and have become one of the nursery world’s favorite plants to applaud. The Encore extends the usual azalea blooming season into the fall.
    The new hybrids provide the traditional spring display during March and April, but they also bloom again in the fall.

  • Dredge places 70,000 cubic yards of sand on Ocean Isle Beach’s east end

    Ocean Isle Beach town officials are hoping for peaceful waters following the completion of a recent dredge.

    The Intracoastal Waterway annual dredging project has been completed, and about 70,000 cubic yards of sand was put back on the beach, between Shallotte Boulevard and East Third Street.

    “We were very, very pleased with the amount of sand we received,” Daisy Ivey, town administrator, said at a recent Brunswick Beaches Consortium (BBC) meeting.

  • A look at spring flowers: spotlight on azaleas

    The flower show from our evergreen azaleas got started a bit late this year, but it has been spectacular. Even those of us who have struggled with these sometimes-finicky plants can be seduced by the sheer volume and beauty of the flowers.
    Want to know the secret to growing great azaleas? The secret is really no secret at all. You have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.

  • Brunswick bands to perform May 2

    The Sea Trail Convention Center will be filled with big band sound at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, when the Brunswick Big Band returns to the area for a free concert.
    In addition to featured vocalist and Sunset Beach resident Linda Ladrick, the Brunswick Concert Band will also be on the afternoon’s program.
    Brunswick Big Band has performed at Sunset at Sunset for the last two years and the Party in the Yard in the summer of 2009.

  • Local developer on payment plan for $2.1 million tax bill

    Local developer Mark Saunders has signed a comprehensive agreement with Brunswick County to repay $2.1 million in delinquent taxes owed for his various developments under his flagship company The Coastal Companies.

    According to the agreement, the terms of the payment plan are $50,000 per month from March 2010 until May 2010. From June 2010 until December 2010, Saunders will pay the county $75,000 per month.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, April 26
    Barbecue pork, baked beans, cole slaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, April 27
    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, April 28
    Beef stew with vegetable, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 Enforcement Team roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From April 12-18, K-9 deputies answered 27 calls, wrote six citations and made six drug arrests. K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Carolina Shores, Croft Pointe, Magnolia Greens, Waterford, Brunswick Forest, The Farm and Seashore Hills.

    The following suspects were charged:

    •Kevin Ronette Stanley, 28, of 301 Marlowtown Road, Calabash; charged with flee to elude arrest.

  • Grilled asparagus over rosemary sprigs is an aromatic treat

    In our area, fresh asparagus season usually begins around late March to early April and lasts until the hot summer weather begins, around June or July. Even though it’s available year round, it tastes so much better in the spring.
    Asparagus is also one of the healthiest vegetables to eat, containing essential vitamins and minerals and is low in calories. It can be grilled, roasted, steamed, boiled, stir-fried or used in many soups, salads and casseroles.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office crime report

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies investigated the following incidents last week, which are taken directly from sheriff’s office incident reports:

    •Larceny of gas on Hickman Road in Calabash; suspect stole fuel from victim’s vehicle.

    •Larceny on Flagship Avenue in Southport; suspect stole victim’s vehicle from residence.

    •Larceny on Ocean Highway in Winnabow; suspect stole watch from a display case at an antique store.

  • Camp Invention coming to schools this summer

    The Camp Invention program is coming to Brunswick County Schools this summer.
    A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), history and the arts.
    The Camp Invention program helps cultivate the ideas critical to STEM by encouraging exploration and curiosity during everyday activities so children understand science is everywhere.