Today's News

  • Dove hunt is about food, fellowship and fun

    SHALLOTTE  — The second Saturday of September has been special for many years for hunters in Shallotte: It is the annual dove hunt that Wayne Smith hosts.

    A light rain Saturday, Sept. 12, seemed to have no effect on the event this year. Hundreds of hunters gathered to eat, hunt and be in the company of friends.

    Smith,  owner of Wayne’s Backhoe Service, said the inaugural dove hunt was at least 32 years ago. He was uncertain of the first year.

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  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Sept. 8 and 9 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.


    Tuesday, Sept. 8

    Judges Jerry A. Jolly and Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutors Ashley Gore, Janie Turnage and Jacob Ward and courtroom clerks Kristin Cranfill and Kimberly Register:

  • Time to get garden items organized

     September is a transitional month for us as the nights begin to cool off and days flirting with triple digits are a distant memory. More pleasant working conditions mean it’s a good time to get garden items organized. For the folks who have a place for every tool and every tool in its place, this is a small chore. But, if you’re like me and your old pickup truck is vaguely reminiscent of something you’d likely see on “Sanford and Son,” it’s time to get busy.

  • Do you give yourself a pass, fail or incomplete grade?

     By Linda Arnold

    It’s back-to-school season. Maybe it’s been years since you’ve been in school. Trust me, though. You’re still getting graded.

    Not by teachers, mind you. If you’re like most of us, you’re grading yourself. And you’re probably not even aware of it.

  • Restaurant servers may be transferring germs to you

     Many years ago, I heard Dr. Charles Gerba speak at a conference. He is an internationally recognized environmental microbiologist and professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. Some people call him Dr. Germ. During this speech, he talked about the germiest place in most homes. OK, guess what is it? Hint: it’s not the bathroom. It’s the kitchen sink.

  • The buzzing sound of death

     That annoying buzzing in your ear? It’s the sound of the deadliest animal on the planet –– the mosquito.

    To most of us, mosquitoes are merely a nuisance; to approximately two million people and untold millions of dogs, cats and other animals, it’s the harbinger of death. I’m not talking 1800s death in the Amazon, I’m talking 2015 death globally. At least 700 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases each year by this critter not much bigger than a grain of rice.

  • Hewett-Kent

     Ashley Renae Hewett of Bolivia and Delos Robert Kent of Boiling Spring Lakes were married Sept. 23 in Bolivia.

    The bride is the daughter of Rena Milner of Southport and the late Keith Hewett.

    The groom is the son of Bobby and Tammy Britt of Southport.

    The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Chris Hewett, and escorted by her step-grandfather, Larry Hester.

    She wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of teal, white and coral roses with baby’s breath.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “The average American’s simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak.” –– attributed to Mark Twain

    This week’s mystery plant is sometimes called “beefsteak plant,” so the common name is not a mystery. But what a really interesting plant it is, in part because of its common name. I’m not sure really why, except that the leaves on some plants, in various circumstances, are reddish, like meat.

  • County sends $13M wastewater proposal to Southport

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s utilities department will send a proposal to Southport officials to consider a $13 million project that would increase wastewater capacity.

    HDR Engineering of the Carolinas prepared a preliminary engineering report on expanding the West Brunswick Regional Wastewater System (WBRWS) to provide wastewater treatment, transmission, and effluent disposal for Southport.

    HDR engineer Eric Williams presented the report to the board at its Sept. 21 meeting.