Today's News

  • New details related to 3-year-old's death

    New information on the death of a 3-year-old Shallotte child


    According to information in a March 1 search warrant for 12 Paisley Drive, Apt. 207, Montey Murray and his cousin Jessie Holt were babysitting Jaronn Ladale McAllister II . McAllister is the son of Murray’s girlfriend Candice Young. Preliminary findings from the North Carolina Medical Examiner's Office say Jaronn's cause of death was "internal bleeding of the liver due to blunt force trauma. There were also several hematomas to the head."

  • Leland students learn about friendship and bullying

    A handful of students can make the difference between a hostile environment and one that encourages friendship, tolerance and peaceful co-existence. Leland Middle School has the latter. Thanks to a federally funded Learn and Serve Grant administered by Communities in Schools, students are working together to end bullying in their school.
    The program, called Live in Peace, involves nearly a dozen students committed to making their school a better place.
    “We want to stop people from treating other people wrong,” explained sixth-grader Josiah Deal.

  • Club briefs

    Fitzgerald to address DAR March 14
    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. March 14 in the fellowship hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. in Southport. Members are asked to bring items for the Crossnore re-sale to this meeting.
    Guest speaker Kathy Fitzgerald will talk about “area gardening.” She her husband Tim are owners of Fitzgerald’s Gardening of Oak Island.

  • VFW ladies auxiliaries honor Patriot Pen winners

    The Ladies Auxiliary of the Veterans of Foreign War (VFW) of Post 8866 in Holden Beach and Post 7288 Calabash participated in the VFW’S national Patriot Pen Program, an annual competition open to all sixth-, seventh- and eighth-grade students enrolled in public, private or parochial schools, and home-schooled students.

  • Education briefs

    Students to build bee habitats
    As the warm weather arrives, many people are eager to plant their gardens. If you aren’t a gardener, at the very least, you might be eager to savor fresh produce from your neighbor’s garden or the local farm. Many of our fruits and vegetables would not be possible without the services provided by the often-overlooked garden workers known as pollinators.

  • Brunswick County students learn about African music

    The beating of drums could be heard throughout Brunswick County recently as the Visuals Rhythms Project came to a conclusion at the Communities in Schools After School Program at Belville, Town Creek, Southport and Union elementary schools.
    At age 11, Cheick Sissoko was introduced to the world of dance by his parents in Cote D’ivoire, West Africa. He now shares his stories, experiences and music with children and encourages them to tell their parents.

  • Three new members join BCC Foundation Board

    Matt Elvington of Leland, Mike Forte of Boiling Spring Lakes, and Mike Reaves of Caswell Beach, have been elected to the Brunswick Community College Foundation Board.
    Elvington, a mortgage banker for Wells Fargo in Wilmington, has been in the financial services arena for more than eight years, providing service and economic strategies for his clients.

  • Spring tips for pruning hydrangeas

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A lot of gardeners grow hydrangeas and this time of year they begin to ask questions about how and when to prune these plants.
    First, we need to consider the different species of hydrangea that are available in this area. If you have a Hydrangea mycrophylla, Big Leaf or French Hydrangea as they are commonly called, these plants flower largely on old wood or stems that were produced last season. Consequently, when we have a spring freeze in April like in 2007, these plants won’t flower.

  • Portion distortion: Think small

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center

    You know the old saying, “My eyes are bigger than my stomach.” This may certainly apply to what some folks are calling “portion distortion.” What I’m talking is about is one of the biggest nutrition problems in America. It’s not what we eat, but how much we eat.

  • Preparing your veggie garden for spring starts with a soil test

    This winter was mild and I can’t believe it is already March and time to be thinking about getting started in the garden again. It is still too early for those warm season vegetables to be planted. The first and most important task in the garden, especially here in Brunswick County, is to take a soil test.
    North Carolina is one of the few states that offer this service for free. The soil test report will tell you how much lime or sulfur and fertilizer your garden soil will need per thousand square feet of growing area.