Today's News

  • Sugar in healthy foods

    Sugar is a nutrition buzzword these days. What I’m hearing people talk about is about the need to cut back on the amount of sugar we eat. But, many people may be avoiding some healthy foods while thinking they are doing good to avoid sugar. In some cases, this might not be the right thing to do.

  • Managing irrigation system use

    Irrigation systems are one of those necessary evils in our landscapes. It’s so hot and stressful during the summer that many plants just won’t do well without a little extra water — especially during the first few years after planting. But, our plants would be healthier and we’d use less water if we managed these systems a little better. 

  • Officials to test sirens around Brunswick Nuclear Plant on Oct. 11

    The outdoor warning sirens around the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport will be tested Wednesday, Oct. 11, between 10 and 11 a.m.

    The 38 sirens within 10 miles of the plant will be tested at full-volume for 10 seconds. This test may be performed more than once to make sure each siren works properly. This test is performed quarterly, in coordination with emergency officials in Brunswick and New Hanover counties, who are responsible for sounding the sirens.

  • Local youth compete in annual Champions Tour event

     Golf’s greatest PGA TOUR Champions players at the PURE Insurance Championship Impacting The First Tee was conducted last week September 19 – 24, 2017. The 3-day, 54-hole tournament played at Pebble Beach Golf Links and Poppy Hills Golf Course featured 81 PGA TOUR Champions players, 81 junior golfers (ages 15-18) from The First Tee and 162 amateurs.

  • Notable scores, highlights from area golf leagues (Sept. 28 edition)

     Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues.



  • McDowell, Bethel earn Farm Bureau weekly accolades
  • Trojans drop a pair of league games

     SHALLOTTE – The West Brunswick High School varsity boys’ soccer team plays several freshmen and sophomores in one of the toughest soccer conferences in the Tar Heel State.

    The team has exceeded preseason expectations, but ran into a pair of buzzsaws last week in Hoggard and Topsail.

    A powerhouse Hoggard squad handed West Brunswick (5-6-1, 1-4-1) a 9-1 defeat Sept. 28 in Wilmington.

  • Trojans secure critical conference win over Topsail

     SHALLOTTE – A high school volleyball match can’t be any closer than West Brunswick’s conference match against Topsail on Sept. 26.

    The Trojans desperately needed a victory to stay alive in the race for one of the league’s two playoff berths for Class 3A teams.

    West Brunswick got just that with a heart-stopping 3-2 win over the Pirates in Shallotte last week.

  • Tenth annual event raises $22,000 for breast cancer patients

     SUNSET BEACH – Angela Nicholson simply nods her head, partly in disbelief and partly satisfaction, when she looks at the final numbers.

    As Sandpiper Bay Golf and Country Club finished hosting its 10th Annual Pretty in Pink Golf Tournament and Auction on Wednesday, Sept. 27, Nicholson tallied the final numbers and realized the events have raised more than $200,000 in the last 10 years.

  • Breaking down the Beacon Pigskin Challenge through four weeks

     If you turn to page 6B in this week’s sports section, you’ll see the Week 5 predictions. You’ll look down to the know-it-all sports editor’s picks and wonder how in the world he picked a Dallas Cowboys team that couldn’t beat the Rams at home to beat Green Bay next week.

    Your skepticism is most likely warranted as I have stumbled out of the gates this season to a 24-15 record through four weeks of the Beacon Pigskin Challenge.

    Not a terrible record, but not a great one, either.