Today's News

  • Fraternity Profile: Freemasons



    Grand Lodge of NC

    District 12

    AF&AM Masonic Lodges

    (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons)

    Brunswick County

    Pythagoras Lodge #249

    201 E. Nash St.


    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Tuesdays (dinner 6:30 p.m.)

    Shallotte Lodge #727

    5072 Main St.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Tuesdays

    Oak Island Lodge #758

    2408 E. Oak Island Dr.

    Meets 7:30 p.m. third Thursdays

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson


    I’ve had a long friendship with this tree species.

    My first recollection of it was while still a small boy, seated outside on a summer morning on the porch and crushing its bright green leaves in my hand, and then enjoying a remarkably pleasant, somewhat medicinal fragrance. Once you’ve taken the scent, so to speak, you’ll never forget it.

  • Flood areas mapped in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Town engineer Robert Tucker unveiled maps of the town’s flood-prone areas Monday at the town board of commissioners’ monthly workshop.

    Tucker said in the last two weeks, the state has finally released two flood-plain maps for this area, adding they haven’t changed since August 2014.

    He distributed maps to commissioners, citing residential streets Sunfield Drive and Oakbark Court.

  • Sallie Kapps celebrates 99th birthday

    The administration and staff of McLeod Loris Hospital host a hospital-wide birthday party for Sallie Kapps’ 99th birthday. A volunteer in the hospital gift shop for 34 years, Kapps started volunteering at the hospital soon after her retirement in 1984. Before then, she was a librarian with the Horry County, S.C., school system.

    “Good friends are the secret to a long life well lived,” Kapps said in a news release. “I’m fortunate to be able to still volunteer and help our visitors at the hospital.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Feb. 27-March 2, 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Feb. 27

    Breaking and entering and larceny from a motor vehicle on Twin Lakes Drive.

    March 2

    Broken window at on Seaside Road residence.

  • Why are your bad habits so hard to break?

    By Linda Arnold


    There you are again … parked in front of that home shopping channel with a pint of ice cream in one hand and your credit card in the other. Or maybe you’re recuperating from drinking too much last night — again.

    Why can’t you ever be on time? Or slay that procrastination dragon once and for all?

  • All god’s creation is very good

    The theme for World Day of Prayer 2018 is “All God’s creation is very good.” Seven women represented seven different cultures, languages, and heritage in the South American country of Suriname, previously known as Dutch Guiana. Interestingly, seven is the biblical number for perfection. And creation, including the day of rest, is described as a seven-day event. There has to be something mystically providential in the data. At least, I think so.

  • Molly’s trick knee: a common problem in small dogs

    I’ve got a beef with evolutionary anatomy: knees and shoulders. To my biomechanical eye, those joints joint seem awkwardly oriented, hastily designed and assembled from spare parts. Whatever the reason, I diagnose a lot of pets with knee and shoulder conditions. Which brings me to Molly’s trick knee.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing

    Looking to keep the germs down and prevent a foodborne illness in your home? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the two things you can do that make the biggest impact are washing your hands and cleaning kitchen surfaces.

    There are two steps to having a clean and sanitary kitchen. Think of this as if brushing your teeth is the cleaning and using mouthwash is the sanitizing. Two steps. Clean first and then sanitize.

  • Lawns already starting to ‘green up’ for spring

    We’ve had a weather roller coaster ride this year with record cold in January and record warmth in February. Things have settled into a more “normal” pattern for now, but our lawns are already greening up.