Today's News

  • Hewett graduates from St. Mary’s

     Griffin Hewett, daughter of Ginny and Jamie Varnum of Bolivia and Timothy Carter Hewett of Supply, was among 67 high school seniors who graduated this spring from Saint Mary’s School in Raleigh and received diplomas from Head of School Theo Coonrod during the school’s 168th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 23, in the school’s historic oak grove.

    Melissa Essary, dean of the Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law at Campbell University, was the commencement speaker.

  • Villepique-Hickey

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Holly Ann Villepique of Silver Spring, Md., and John K. Hickey of Greenbelt, Md.

    The bride is the daughter of Beth Naylor of Ocean Isle Beach and David Villepique of Chester, N.J.

    She is a 1988 graduate of Bernards High School in Bernardsville, N.J., a 1992 graduate of Hope College in Holland, Mich., and a 1997 and 2003 graduate of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing.

    She is employed as a pediatric nurse practitioner at Children's National Medical Center in Washington, D.C.

  • SECU awards scholarship to Taylor Ambrose

      SECU Foundation, funded solely by State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) membership, has presented a $10,000 four-year college scholarship to Taylor Ambrose, a senior at West Brunswick High School and daughter of Ronald and Janet Ambrose.

    The scholarship was awarded for study at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, part of North Carolina’s 16-campus University of North Carolina System.

  • Silver Coast receives honors

     Silver Coast Winery has  received two awards at this year’s annual Pacific Rim Wine Competition at the National Orange Show Events Center in Southern California and the Tasters Guild International, a wine and food appreciation society based in Grand Rapids, Mi. at the Secchia Institute of Culinary Education.

  • Keep dinner guests smiling with safe grilling and food preparation

    Do you like your neighbors and friends and want to keep them happy? If so, when you invite them over for a cookout, make sure the food is safe. Bacteria can multiply quickly in warm, summer temperatures and can turn outdoor entertaining into a neighborhood nightmare. 

    Food safety is just as important when grilling outdoors as it is in the kitchen. Food that is not handled properly can make you sick. To keep guests safe from food-borne illness, follow these tips.


  • Roundup: A great weed control tool, but it may be harmful to some plants



  • Top of Old Baldy to close June 7-11

     Until June 11, the top of Old Baldy Lighthouse will be closed while new windows are installed. The Smith Island Museum of History will remain open and visitors to the lighthouse will be able to climb as far as the fourth landing, where they will still have a view of Bald Head Island golf course, the mouth of the Cape Fear River and the Atlantic Ocean.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, June 14

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, June 15

    Chicken parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, June 16

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, June 17

  • Do you use a ‘secret ingredient’ for your summer potato salad?

     Summer barbecues mean ribs, steaks, hamburgers, hot dogs and plenty of baked beans and a variety of salads.

    My favorite summer salad is potato salad and everyone has their own special way of making it. Some like using white potatoes, while others like using red or Yukon Gold or even sweet potatoes. Whatever kind of potatoes you use, most contain a combination of onions, celery, peppers and hard-boiled eggs. Where the biggest difference comes in, though, is the seasoning.


    The secret ingredient

  • New books available at Rourk Library in Shallotte

     The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “The Truth About Psychics” by Sylvia Browne. Explains how you can spot a fraud and shows how to tap into your own spiritualism and develop legitimate psychic skills.