Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “Double, double toil and trouble; fire burn, and cauldron bubble.” (Macbeth. IV:1)


    That’s right, friends, it’s that time of the year again, when the darkness comes early, and mysterious scurryings greet us at every turn. Jack-o’-lantern goes scratchily scraping by in the breezy night and craggy owls hoot and watch us more closely. In the moonless gloom, furtive imps and amazed spirits are on the land, all answering to foul hags and their charms. It’s Halloween time!

  • You don’t have to acquire a taste for anything you don’t like

     We all have heard someone say, “It’s an acquired taste,” when describing a favorite dish or drink or some exotic gourmet food. If you have to “acquire a taste” to enjoy it, then how tasty can it be to begin with? How many of us would try a particular food or drink, dislike it, and then purposely set out to relive that experience again and again?

  • Habits often control creatures of habit

     By Linda Arnold


    If you’ve already worked today’s Sudoku or crossword puzzle, try this brainteaser. 

    See if you can rank the following habits, which people say they want to quit, on a scale of 1 to 20:

  • Smith 40th birthday

     Kelly Rebecca Smith of Shallotte is celebrating her 40th birthday Wednesday, Nov. 4.

  • What does it mean to be fully alive?

     By this time, most folks know that I am enthralled by the words and work of Richard Rohr, OFM. His theology and philosophy of life converge on a single theme: both/and. His presentations, programs, books and very person exude an enthusiasm for the simplicity and complexity of paradoxical living based on the reality that we are always living in the ambience of both this and that, both here and there, both now and then.

  • Profiles of Beacon Tournament of Champions women golfers

    This was a banner year for our women’s golf club champions. Nine of our ladies repeated their victory from last year. Some have won it several times before. Mona Dye Boob from Brierwood has won its women’s club championship an astonishing 10 years in a row.   

    We also have some new winners this year. Lyn Howell (Brick Landing), Jayla Rogers (Magnolia Greens), Judy Harlow (Ocean Ridge) and Carol Davies Lilly (St. James) are Brunswick County Club Champions for the first time. Rogers is 14 and is a First Tee of Brunswick County golfer.

  • Fishing in the U.S. Open King Mackerel Tournament

    Halloween weekend provided many Brunswick County fishermen with ample opportunities to get in on some late fall offshore fishing. The weather forecasters were a bit off on the marine forecast Friday, Oct. 30, yet it didn’t stop avid anglers from venturing to the Gulf Stream.

  • Recreational commercial gear license should be banned

    This is a quote by Dr. Louis Daniel, director of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries: “A gill net ban is a failure of fisheries management.” (Cited from facebook.com/ncfisherymanagementandyou.)


  • Laney defeats Trojans 28-6 in football

    By Michael Paul

    Sports Editor

    WILMINGTON — Laney beat West Brunswick 28-6 in the final football game of the Mideastern 3A/4A Conference for the Trojans.

    The loss dropped West to 2-4 in the conference, 5-6 overall. Laney is 3-2, 4-6.

    The loss also dropped West’s seeding for the state football playoffs. The official brackets are expected to be released Nov. 8. 

    Laney scored on its opening possession on a 34-yard run with 9 minutes, 56 seconds left in the quarter.

  • Agents arrest two men on heroin-related charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit agents arrested two men on heroin-related charges in separate cases.

    Michael Anthony Marek, 29, of Tylers Cove Way in Leland was arrested Oct. 28 and charged with felony possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver heroin, selling heroin and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a sheriff’s office news release issued Oct. 30.