Today's News

  • How much is your vacation costing you?

     By Linda Arnold


         With summer in full swing, you’re likely planning some sort of vacation or timeout. Maybe it’s a traditional trip — or a change-of-pace staycation.

         I’m always intrigued by the different ways folks use their leisure time. How ‘bout you? Do you like to be on the go, exploring new places? Or would you rather curl up with a good book in the hammock?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     by John Nelson

    “Now, my Lord Hastings and Sir William Stanley,

    Leave off to wonder why I drew you hither

    Into this chiefest thicket of the park.”Shakespeare, Henry VI Part 3 (Act 4, Scene 5)


  • Prokops celebrate 60th wedding anniversary

     Ellen and Michael R. Prokop Jr. of Shallotte are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary. They were married July 14, 1956, in Worcester, Mass., and moved to Brierwood Estates in 1993 from Darnestown, Md. They have six children and six grandchildren, all of who will accompany them on a cruise from Charleston, S.C., to the Bahamas to celebrate the occasion.

  • Local farmers markets have an abundance of fruits and veggies

     Fruits and vegetables are now at the peak of their season, so all you have to do is just clean them, peel or cut them and just toss them into a salad bowl and enjoy their raw, fresh taste.

    Local farmers markets like Indigo Farms Produce and Holden Bros. Farm Market have an abundance of lettuces, squash, berries, corn, cucumbers, peppers, peas, fruits, melons, and, of course, tomatoes. Take home everything that looks good, but don’t worry about how you’re going to use it all; you only need a salad bowl and an appetite.


  • Just a breath away

    By Jennifer Hulon

    Guest Columnist

    The weekend of Oct. 2, 2015, a storm system of epic proportions stalled over South Carolina, drenching the entire east coast of the state with massive amounts of rain. This same weekend, 14-year-old Andrea Kelly and her twin sister, Courtney, arrived in Little River, S.C., from their home in Sanford to visit their father, Bobby Kelly.

  • You decide: Where does the state economy stand at mid-year?

    Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The economy is one of the top issues in this year’s elections, all the way from state and local races, to the major contest of the year: the presidential election.

    So it may be helpful to make a mid-year assessment of the economy, how it’s been doing and identifying the important issues. And to do so I’ll stay right here at home in North Carolina and then let you decide whether we’re on a good track or not.

  • Who and what matters

    When someone dies violently because of another’s actions, their killer may not be convicted or even charged with a crime; in fact, they may suffer no punishment at all — or at least none others can see.

    When this happens repeatedly in similar circumstances, it looks like a pattern. The more it happens, the more outrage there is. And it spreads like a bad game of “Telephone” where neither direct communication nor comprehension among all those affected can occur.

  • County belongs in Wilmington MSA again

    After more than 60 years as part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, the federal government’s Office of Management and Budget in February 2013 shifted Brunswick County to the Myrtle Beach, S.C., MSA based on 2010 Census data.

    The Census Bureau defines MSAs as core areas containing a substantial population nucleus, together with adjacent communities that have a high degree of economic and social integration with that core.

  • Woman charged in shooting after argument at school pleads guilty

    A Delco woman involved in an argument at a Leland school that led to gunfire off campus last month pleaded guilty to three of the five charges she faced as a result.

    The disagreement between parents in the car-rider line at Lincoln Elementary School led to the arrest of 32-year-old Tonya Renee Lunesford and 41-year-old Dennis Ray Grainger of Delco on June 3.

    Lunesford and Grainger were each charged with two counts of misdemeanor child abuse, going armed to the terror of people and possession of a gun on educational property.

  • County issues water system pressure advisory

    Water consumers of Brunswick County Public Utilities, from the N.C. 211 and U.S. 17 (at Supply) intersection west to the U.S. 17 and Old Shallotte Road (west of Shallotte) intersection, experienced periods of low pressure in the distribution system Friday, July 8, because of a July 4 power outage that affected water pumps serving the area. This included areas served by water lines on streets which connect to this section of U.S. 17 between Supply and Shallotte, but did not include town of Shallotte water customers.