Today's News

  • 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.

  • In between seasons, it still is a good time to fish

    Water temperatures remain higher than normal, but fish are feeling the inevitable push of the upcoming winter season, as hot-water species leave the area and cold-water species become the target of anglers.

    From now until the early spring, speckled trout and red drum will be the premier inshore fish.

  • Golf action

    The Beachcombers played a tournament of four-man teams using two low nets Friday at Carolina Shores. The winners with a score of 127 (-17) were Stu Cleveland, Paul Michal, Ed Kinney and Gary Gutheil. In second at 128 (-16) were Dan O’Connell, Bill Cameron, Hal Riebesehl and a draw. Low gross: Harry Haggerty, 80; Jim Fitzner and Paul Michal, 83; Gary Gutheil, 88. Low nets: Bill Cameron, 69; Paul Michal, 70. Harry Haggerty was voted golfer of the week.



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

    •Police charged Timothy Alfred Gaskill, 43, of 1510 Shady Rest St., Shallotte, with driving while impaired and DWI habitual. He was at the intersection of Main and Wall streets. He was taken to the Brunswick County Detention Center on a $10,000 secured bond.


    The Ocean Isle Beach Police Department investigated reported property damage on Craven Street last week. According to the police report, the suspect hit three mailboxes with its vehicle.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office ACE roundup

    The Aggressive Criminal Enforcement (ACE) Team is a support unit, whose primary functions are traffic enforcement and assisting in the apprehension of drug traffickers in the county. The ACE team conducts driving while impaired and driver’s license checkpoints, as well as street-level investigations on controlled substances.

    The ACE team works with the sheriff’s office K-9 Enforcement Team and Drug Enforcement Unit to apprehend narcotics suspects as well as saturating hot spots where criminal activity is reported.