Today's News

  • Sharon UMC’s new building to open Easter Sunday

    What started out as an unheated log cabin schoolhouse serving as a church in 1825 has transformed into Sharon United Methodist Church on Holden Beach Road.

    The church has seen its share of buildings over the years, and now, on Easter Sunday, if all goes according to plan, the church’s members will have their first services in a new, larger building. It has been made possible by the generosity of the congregation and years of planning.

  • County, town governments can't call bonds on stalled projects until 2011

    Shallotte officials say they want to help owners of land that is now unusable because developers haven’t completed the infrastructure. A state law, however, has placed a hold on calling bonds to allow the projects to be completed.

    That’s not good news for the 60-plus property owners in uncompleted phases of Rivers Edge in Shallotte, several of whom recently asked the town board for assistance. The group learned at a board meeting the state law had tied the town’s hands.

  • Many faces of March's full moon

    The full moon of March has many faces or expressions people have claimed to see. We always see the same face of the moon; however, we have given it multiple personalities with all the names assigned to it, especially this month’s moon.

    Monday, March 29, marked the day of the full moon and if you were like me when gazing up in admiration, you might not have given thought to all the history that went along with this common astronomical event.

  • Spring is here; what's on your garden honey-do list?

    We’re working on our first full week of spring and that means lots of garden chores showing up on the honey-do list. If you’re still looking for something to do, go ahead and finish the pruning chores, fertilize your shrub beds if they need it and add a bit of fresh mulch. But, leave the lawn fertilizer in the bag for now and try to resist the urge to plant summer annuals unless you’re prepared to lose them to a late frost.

  • Growing plants in window boxes can spark creativity

    Window boxes enhance your surroundings wherever you live. They create a mini-garden. Use them for flowers, herbs or small vegetables. Just think, you can have a small herb garden right outside your kitchen window. You will be surprised by the impact of a window box at eye level that can be enjoyed from both inside and outside.

  • Miller-Lane

    Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Miller of Shallotte announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Dawn Miller, to James Charles Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lane of Lexington. The couple will be married at 6 p.m. June 5, at Governor Dudley's Mansion in Wilmington. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Randall and Jean Abernathy of Lynchburg, Va., and Kathryn Arnette of Dillon, S.C., and Ricky Miller of Surfside, S.C. She is a 2004 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. She attended Brunswick Community College and is employed of Angelo's Bistro.

  • Magdalene's memories: Who could rest on this Sabbath?

    Sabbath rest—aach! Who could rest on this Sabbath? I know I could not. I did not! So much has happened. There is so much to tell. Where do I begin? How far back do I go to find the starting point? I don’t even know. But, sit...sit down and let me talk. Sometimes things unravel and make sense when I do that.

    It was just a few weeks ago when I first got uneasy feelings that something terrible was going to happen. There were rumblings in the street that the Pharisees and Sadducees had found someone else to bicker about.

  • Brunswick County dips to 38th fastest-growing county in the country

    Once the 14th fastest-growing county in the country, recent U.S. Census estimates rank Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the country.

    U.S. Census population estimates released March 23 show Brunswick County as the 38th fastest-growing county in the nation with an estimated 107,062 people in July 2009. Compared to an estimated 73,107 people in April 2000, Brunswick County’s population increased by 33,955 people, or 46.4 percent in the 10-year period.

  • Convicted sex offender eligible for parole

    A Brunswick County man sentenced to life in prison in 1988 for first-degree sex offense is eligible for parole in 2013, according to the North Carolina Post Release Supervision and Parole Commission.

    According to the commission, David A. Bullard, 59, will be eligible for parole March 17, 2013, through the commission’s Mutual Agreement Parole Program (MAPP).

  • McIntyre, VA official to visit Brunswick County next week

    U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre, D-N.C., will be in Brunswick County next week, joined by VA Deputy Undersecretary for Health Operations and Management William Schoenhard.

    The visit, McIntyre said, is for McIntyre and Schoenhard to tour Brunswick Community Hospital—a site McIntyre supports converting to a future VA facility once Novant Health moves into the new hospital, slated for summer 2011.