Today's News

  • Davis retires from N.C. Army National Guard

    Col. Dean Davis, a 1981 graduate of West Brunswick High School, has retired after 30 years of service with the N.C. Army National Guard. He is the son of Marion and Carolyn Davis of Varnamtown.
    Davis was recently honored at the 75th Davis Reunion at White Lake. Past assignments include Commander of 252 Combined Arms Battalion in Fayetteville; Deputy Director of Infantry Warfighters forum; Deputy Director of the host nation Coordination Cell Ammon Jordan; and Deputy Director U.S. Property and Fiscal Office N.C. Army National Guard.

  • Cookout safety

    I recently went to a large family reunion where there were lots of hamburgers being cooked on grills. Was there a food thermometer in sight? Nope. USDA advises us to use a food thermometer to accurately measure if meat is cooked to a high enough internal temperature to destroy any harmful bacteria that may cause a foodborne illness. This means on the grill, too. Many folks are not in the habit of using these tools and they are easily forgotten when packing for a picnic or cooking outside.

  • Killing and controlling the spread of chamberbitter

    Jim Gregory, a local resident and retired N.C. State forestry professor, sent me a note about a plant that he calls “niruri.” If you are into plant Latin, it’s Phyllanthus urinaria. In South America and Asia, this plant grows into a small shrub used to make an herbal remedy for kidney stones. “Niruri” literally means “break stone” in Spanish. 

  • Woman aims to connect Brunswick County and Horry County, S.C., professionals

    If Brunswick County officials won’t embrace the federal government’s decision to connect the county to the Myrtle Beach (S.C.) Metropolitan Statistical Area, an area businesswoman will.

    Laurie Thomas Vass, president of The Private Capital Market, moved to Little River, S.C., three years ago. Since then, she said, there hasn’t been any success getting government representatives from Horry County, S.C., and Brunswick County together.

  • Financing decision delays H2GO board action

    The Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer H2GO board voted to award $26 million in contracts for a reverse osmosis plant at its July 18 meeting, but the checks won’t be cashed just yet.

    The four contracts approved by the board are contingent upon the North Carolina Local Government Commission approving financing to sell $23.5 million in bonds to pay for the plant.

  • GSATS approves $750K for Carolina Bays report

    CAROLINA SHORES — Southern Brunswick County residents could have a chance to speak their minds on a Carolina Bays highway connector between South Carolina and North Carolina by the fall once a draft Environmental Impact Statement study begins.

    The Grand Strand Area Transportation Study members voted July 28 to put $750,000 into the DEIS to begin moving forward.

  • Human trafficking victim advocate describes assistance efforts during OIB visit

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Visitors and residents in Ocean Isle Beach learned about some realities of human trafficking in North Carolina during a presentation by Justice Ministries’ Mark Blackwell on July 27.

    The victim advocate and speaker was invited to Brunswick County by Carston Allen, the new owner of Carolina School of Surf.

    Allen, a Charlotte native and lifelong visitor to Ocean Isle Beach, graduated from UNC-Charlotte in December and interviewed with Justice Ministries for an internship before he move to the island to buy the surf business.

  • Food trucks at the county complex an undervalued idea

    At the last county board of commissioners meeting, July 17, unnoticed in the regular course of events but approved as part of the consent agenda, members made a food truck program at the government complex permanent after a year-long trial period.

    In July 2016, food trucks were temporarily approved to set up from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and serve customers from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on traffic court days, normally two Fridays a month. Since the trial period went trouble-free, the board approved the food truck program to continue on a permanent basis.

  • GenX test results reported following governor’s response

    Gov. Roy Cooper’s visit to Wilmington on July 24 calmed the waters surrounding The Chemours Company discharging GenX into the Cape Fear River by detailing steps the state will take to stop the process.

    Cooper announced the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality will deny Chemours’ permit request to release GenX and that the State Bureau of Investigation will assess if the chemical discharge warrants a criminal investigation.

  • Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson waterfront stabilization reef project taking shape

    WINNABOW — The Waterfront Stabilization project at Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson is taking shape along the shoreline of the Cape Fear River.

    The project is being built in front of Fort Anderson’s earthen Battery A near the water line that was heavily damaged by Hurricane Matthew in 2016.

    Brunswick Town received $850,000 from the 2013-14 Office of State Budget and Management’s Repair and Renovation Reserve list for the project to build the first 200 linear feet of a protective reef, Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson historian Jim McKee said.