Today's News

  • Aldermen want Sunnyside School building for a community meeting place

    Should the restored Sunnyside School building in Shallotte be a town museum, a community meeting room or a combination of both?

    Town aldermen said at last week’s board retreat the town should definitely use one of the two main classrooms as a meeting room to rent out to the public, although the Save Old Sunnyside Committee seems to have other ideas.

  • Home and Garden Show this weekend at West Brunswick High

    Check out plants, find “green” products and learn the basics of timber framing a house at the Eighth Annual Brunswick Island’s Home and Garden Show, set for this Saturday and Sunday, March 20-21, at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The two-day event is presented by the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce and will feature a variety of classes, demonstrations and exhibitors. Hours are 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

  • Shallotte considering de-annexing outlying properties

    Now that Brunswick County is providing sewer service to former Shallotte customers in areas the town previously annexed, is it time to consider de-annexing those properties?

    Shallotte Town Administrator Albert Hughes asked aldermen that question at last week’s town board retreat. Aldermen agreed the town had nothing to offer those property owners anymore but wanted more information on the process of de-annexing before making a decision.

  • Realtors reveal political agenda, 2009 numbers

    This election year, Brunswick County Realtors are supporting state candidates who oppose any increase in the privilege tax, oppose any tax on real estate services and are in favor of allowing terminal groins on beaches.

    Locally, they want to work with the county on its upcoming property revaluation, be involved in the discussion about involuntary annexation, support “fair distribution of sales tax” and support the preservation of natural vegetation.

  • 'Turbo-tourists' a key to county's economy; Hall predicts end of downturn

    Tourism leads to more people choosing to live permanently in their vacation destinations, which is a key factor in the economy of North and South Carolina, particularly in coastal areas like Brunswick County.

    That’s what Patrick Mason, co-founder of the Center for Carolina Living, said at last week’s Joint Economic Growth Summit at UNC Wilmington. And if an economic forecaster’s prediction of an economic turnaround is correct, 2010 is a good time for

    Brunswick County to capitalize on this trend.

  • Family life among the stars

    Ask a person the reason why early cultures divided the sky into constellations and most will say the typical reasons: to tell directions or to tell the seasons or maybe to tell time. They would all be grade-A answers.

  • Tips for growing winter daphnes: a beautiful, temperamental plant diva

    A fellow came by the office last week with a clipping of a gorgeous evergreen shrub with fragrant light pink to almost white flowers. He had noticed the plant at his church and desperately wanted one for his home.

    The list of evergreen plants with fragrant blooms in March is pretty short, so I didn’t have any trouble identifying it as winter daphne or daphne odora. I had some trouble helping the gentlemen understand how to keep the plant alive once he added it to his garden.

  • Tips for keeping houseplants happy, healthy

    There have been incoming calls on the Information Line recently concerning houseplants. Following are some secrets to keeping your houseplants happy.

  • Morris birth

    James and Katelyn Morris are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Marie Pearl Morris, born at 1:28 p.m. March 2 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 17 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Rudy and Crystal Azcona of Supply and Danny Ballard of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Dean and Angela Morris of Boiling Spring Lakes and Steve Crooks of Sunset Harbor.

  • Holden-Lovett

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Monica Holden of Shallotte and Joel Lovett of Shallotte. A March 20 wedding is planned at New Life Assembly on Stone Chimney Road, Supply.