Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “The average American’s simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak.” –– attributed to Mark Twain

    This week’s mystery plant is sometimes called “beefsteak plant,” so the common name is not a mystery. But what a really interesting plant it is, in part because of its common name. I’m not sure really why, except that the leaves on some plants, in various circumstances, are reddish, like meat.

  • County sends $13M wastewater proposal to Southport

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s utilities department will send a proposal to Southport officials to consider a $13 million project that would increase wastewater capacity.

    HDR Engineering of the Carolinas prepared a preliminary engineering report on expanding the West Brunswick Regional Wastewater System (WBRWS) to provide wastewater treatment, transmission, and effluent disposal for Southport.

    HDR engineer Eric Williams presented the report to the board at its Sept. 21 meeting.

  • Easy-to-make dessert recipes, like Chocolate Earthquake Cake

     For anyone wanting to make a Chocolate Earthquake Cake, I would have one word of caution: Do not try to squeeze it into a smaller pan than specified. You want an earthquake, not a volcano!

    This rich chocolate cake has always had wide appeal, probably because it’s easy and quick to make (my kind of recipe). What makes a dish easy to make? What makes a recipe simple and tasty? All of the ingredients are easily available, probably in your pantry or fridge. And the taste? Just checking off the few simple ingredients needed in these recipes should give you a clue.

  • Holden Beach sends megahouse issues back to planning board

    The Holden Beach planning and zoning board will look at the issue of megahouses, again.

    Commissioner Dennis Harrington proposed an ordinance change to limit residential construction to 5,000 square feet because of his concern that more wedding businesses will build huge houses on the beach.

    In January, commissioners asked for the planning and zoning board to look into a situation involving a 16-bedroom house at 1355 Ocean Blvd. W., where weddings are held virtually every week during the tourist season with up to 150 people in attendance.

  • SHS Class of 1957 celebrates at Sunnyside School

     Members of Shallotte High School class of 1957 meet Sept. 11 at Sunnyside School in Shallotte to celebrate the 58th anniversary of their graduation. Also attending with class members were Coach Bill Baker and teachers Flo Baker and Faye Bellamy.

  • EPA updates Navassa on beginning of Superfund site cleanup

    NAVASSA — The Environmental Protection Agency began the early testing stages to clean up a Superfund site in Navassa, but is still struggling to win over residents.

    Navassa residents listened to EPA representatives explain their plans to clean up the Kerr-McGee wood treatment plant at a Sept. 15 community meeting at Navassa’s Mount Calvary AME church.

  • Gaudettes celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

     Marie and Robert Gaudette, residents of Arbor Landing in Shallotte, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.

  • Leland delays amending on-street parking rules

    LELAND — Leland officials continue to struggle with how to curb on-street parking.

    A proposal for an ordinance to add room for parking in new residential developments was continued from the town board’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 17, to Oct. 15 after commissioners found the options unappealing.

    Planning director Robert Waring said the steering committee looked at the town’s existing streets, the permitting process and standards for new streets and subdivisions to come up with the new proposal.

  • Davis recognized by NASA

     The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hosted its Space Flight Awareness Award Program in New Orleans on Aug. 12 when it honored Tania Butler Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Butler of Shallotte. Davis, a senior procurement analyst in NASA’s office of procurement office, was recognized for her contribution to the agency’s mission as the lead procurement analyst for Johnson Space Center.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    Holden Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Sept. 15

    Fraud; someone obtained $3,000 in cash by false pretenses from a Charlotte Street residence.