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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson 

    Everybody around here is heading to the beach! Are you? Need something to read? Here’s a short novel in 3 short chapters:

  • Summer heat nothing to swoon at, but sometimes it happens

    Look at me, celebrating the Fourth of July and sunshine in Sunset Beach in red, white and blue just one day after our first (and we hope last) 2014 summer storm, aka Hurricane Arthur, blew up the Carolinas coast.

    Look at me, with my new smartphone pedometer app sauntering up Sunset Beach for a three-mile walk on one of the prettiest beaches God, with a little help from the Gores, ever invented.

  • Safety tips for pick-your-own produce markets

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center 

  • Avoid messy cleanups using slow cooker liners

     Recently, I received some promotional material concerning Reynolds Slow Cooker Liners. They are made of heat-resistant nylon and designed to make slow cooker cleanup fast and easy. The liners help you avoid all that soaking and scrubbing that is associated with slow cooking.

    Simply place the liner in the slow cooker bowl, add ingredients and cook as you normally would. After cooking, remove meal from the lined-slow cooker; allow to cool and then simply toss the liner away. The liners are optimally sized to fit 3 to 6.5 quart round or oval slow cookers.

  • Back to normal: Holiday weekend proceeds

    After a daylong Fourth of July Eve visit, Hurricane Arthur has cleared the local coast, allowing holiday events to proceed Friday, including Fourth of July parades in Sunset Beach, Ocean Isle Beach and Southport, and several fireworks shows.

    Friday, local beaches were jammed with beach-goers soaking up sun and fun on land and sea.

    In Sunset Beach, business was brisk at Island Market, Sunset Slush and other establishments lining Sunset Boulevard.

  • Brunswick County unemployment remains below 7 percent in May

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate grew to 6.8 percent from April to May 2014.

    The rate was still at a lower level than the county experienced in the past two years.

    It is the first increase in unemployment since January, but at the time unemployment was almost two points higher at 8.7 percent.

  • Brunswick County hires new HR director

    Scott Milligan was selected as the new Human Resources Director for Brunswick County beginning July 21.

    Debbie Barnes, the former HR director, left in February.

    “We’re going into the new fiscal year. I guess the county manager decided it was time to fill the position,” Milligan said.

    “I look forward to working with Scott more closely and having his experience and enthusiasm on the management team,” County Manager Ann Hardy said in a statement announcing Milligan’s new position.

  • Navassa Homecoming hosts 33rd anniversary

    Navassa hosts its 33rd annual Homecoming beginning tonight and lasting through the weekend with events Friday and Saturday.

    Mayor Eulis Willis founded the event with the late Wilhelmina Horton.

    Navassa is a town with a population just under 2,000, but Willis said the homecoming can attract more than 5,000 people during the three-day event including those who return to the community and revelers from the surrounding area.

    “It is unique for us because Navassa is predominantly an Afro-American community,” Willis said.

  • Shallotte movie theater hosts McCarthy comedy Tammy

    The Melissa McCarthy comedy “Tammy” returned to Shallotte this week.

    The movie filmed in a few locations in Brunswick County last summer, including two nights at Sal Rubio’s restaurant, The Grille, on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The building Rubio moved into in 2012 was formerly a Hardee’s, which made it the perfect location for a scene in the movie where McCarthy robs a fast food place called Topperjack’s.

  • School board revisits referendum for capital projects

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools officials and Brunswick County Board of Education members can’t decide whether to ask county commissioners to put a referendum that was defeated in May back on the ballot for the November general election.

    While conversations took place at May 30 and June 10 budget workshops, the discussion pertaining the referendum has been tabled at the last two board meetings, a June 17 workshop and the regular monthly meeting Tuesday night, July 1.