Today's News

  • Topsail scores in final seconds, beats Trojans 14-13

    WILMINGTON — Topsail scored on a 1-yard touchdown run with 22.8 seconds left and converted the ensuing extra point to beat West Brunswick 14-13 Wednesday, Oct. 7, in a Mideastern Conference game between two class 3A football teams.

    The loss dropped the Trojans to 1-1 in the conference, 4-3 overall. Topsail is 1-1, 4-3.

    The game was the first of two in four days for West. The game had been postponed from Friday, Oct. 2, because of rain that caused flooding in the area The game was played at Legion Stadium, a neutral site.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction; waiver by clerk — waive court appearance if fine is paid.


    Monday, Sept. 21

  • Look inside and find a prize

     Before we know it, the stores will be boasting holiday music and holiday gift choices. Folks will be scheduling holiday parties. The air will be charged with anticipation and a degree of anxiety.  I was at a local department store last week where sales were gobbled up in expectation of the season. Stow the gift with hope of remembering the storage spot was the cry!

  • Let me be the judge of that

     By Linda Arnold


    I’ve been paying a lot of attention lately to the times I jump to quick conclusions. 

    Sometimes it seems like I’m on autopilot. When I’m able to catch myself, though, I stop to ponder that I may not have all the information.


    What did I do wrong?

  • Tomatoes, tomatoes and more tomatoes

     Whether you get them from your own garden, a farmer’s market or a pick-your-own field, there is still time for local tomatoes here in southeastern North Carolina. How you store and preserve these precious commodities is even more important now that we know the season is almost over.

  • Researchers warn ‘swamp cancer’ may be on the rise

     New research from University of Florida warns dog owners to avoid warm ponds and lakes in southeastern U.S. because of the potential of deadly parasitic spores.

  • Gore-Kelly engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Emily Lauren Gore of Shallotte and David Everett Kelly III of Southport. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark W. and Gina Evans Gore of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of David Kelly II and Nancy Kelly of Southport. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Supply.

  • WATERLOGGED: Historic rainfall drenches Brunswick County

    Brunswick County has begun bailing out of a days-long storm system that descended over the Carolinas last Friday, soaking and pounding and flooding with record-setting rainfall in the region off and on through Monday.

    The National Weather Service in Wilmington recorded rainfall of up to 22.25 inches in Calabash between 12:01 a.m. Friday, Oct. 2, and 8:30 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6.

  • Harton-Perry wedding

     Sophie Elizabeth Harton and David H. Perry III, both of Virginia Beach, Va, were married Sept. 5 during an outdoor ceremony at Rutherford County Arts Council in Forest City.

    Hannah Desmond officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Faris Herbert and Annette Nantz Harton of Wilmington.

    The groom is the son of Mary Burton Perry of Jacksonville and Dave H. Perry of Warsaw, Va.

    Bridesmaids were Marine Gillette of Wilmington, Amanda Smith of Shallotte and Kristine Meadows of Raleigh.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Here’s my former student, Bill Stangler, standing next to a very tall plant we found growing in great abundance on a big sandbar along our beautiful Congaree River, not too far from Columbia. Now, Bill is the official “RiverKeeper” in Columbia: his very capable outfit does a terrific job in protecting the natural aspects of the three-river complex that dominates our urban center here in the geographic center of South Carolina.