Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • Compost year-round with worm

     By Sam Marshall


    Looking for a more cost-effective way to fertilize your lawn or garden? Did you know almost 75 percent of discarded materials in North Carolina can be composted? Ever considered using earthworms to help you accomplish this task? Composting with earthworms, or vermicomposting,is a highly effective way of turning food and yard waste into nutrient-dense fertilizer that can boost plant health and increase flower and fruit production.


    What is vermicomposting?

  • The first Thanksgiving was actually a three-day celebration

     According to history, the first Thanksgiving feast was in 1621 at Plymouth Colony. It consisted of turkey, waterfowl, venison, fish, lobster, clams, berries, fruit, pumpkin and squash. But it wasn’t until the Wampanoag Indian guests came and joined the Pilgrims that they decided to extend the affair.

    Today, we celebrate Thanksgiving for one day, or maybe two, if you count Black Friday.

  • Life’s serendipity bears serious attention

     In 1754, Horace Walpole coined a word from the title of a fairy tale, “The Three Princes of Serendip.” It tells the tales of heroeswho“were always making discoveries, by accidents and sagacity, of things they were not in quest of.” Life, then, became replete with these events … but only for those with eyes to see!

  • New coach, familiar name, for West Brunswick’s girls’ basketball team

    SHALLOTTE — He sounded like his dad.

    “I’m not afraid to play anybody,” West Brunswick girls’ basketball coach Dylan Johnson said after a 68-49 season-opening loss Nov. 21 to Clinton.

    The non-conference game was added to the schedule Nov. 18.

    “Coach called me on Friday and said, “Coach, can you play?’”

    Johnson, eager for a game, agreed.

    Clinton was 23-6 last year.

  • Shallotte man indicted on felony charges in January incident

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested a man indicted on allegations he forced a woman to drive him around Shallotte in January.

    Demitrius Isiah Warren, 20, of Maple Hill Road, was indicted Nov. 1 and arrested Nov. 15. He was charged with felonious restraint, two counts of felony probation violation and misdemeanor resisting a public officer.

    Warrants show Warren tried to run from a deputy twice before being arrested Nov. 15.

  • Officers seek Leland Wal-Mart thief

    Leland police are looking for a man they said skimmed credit card information and used it to make purchases at Wal-Mart.

    The skimmer, described only as a black man, purchased items between Oct. 26 and Nov. 8.

     Anyone with information about his identity is asked to call Detective Jonathan Kazee at 371-0274.    

  • Ash man arrested on heroin charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested an Ash man accused of selling heroin.

    Robert Jefferson Collins II, 34, of School House Road, was arrested Thursday, Nov. 17, and charged with four felony counts of possession with intent to manufacture, sell or deliver heroin and four misdemeanor counts of possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Warrants show deputies found multiple wax bindles of heroin, empty wax bindles and multiple digital scales during a search of Collins’ home. It was not clear what prompted the search.

  • Off-duty deputy rescues WBHS teens from flooded SUV

    It began as a ride back to Brunswick County from Hillsboro following a successful hunting trip.

    It ended as the successful rescue of four teens from a submerged SUV.

  • Families come together to remember victims of violent crimes

    WILMINGTON — Neighbors Carol Benino and Tanya Hart of Bolivia have found solace in each other through a terrible bond: the death of a loved one at the hands of another.

    Friday, Nov. 18, Hart, Benino and her husband Gus, and other family members attended the 21st Annual Candlelight Memorial Service to honor their loved ones’ memories during a time of year when family means so much.