Today's News

  • '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.

  • Clewis birth

    Rock and Beth Clewis of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a son, Wyatt Earl Clewis, born at 4:06 p.m. Feb. 9, at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    He joins sisters Caison, 13, and Carly, 18 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann Caison of Supply and the late Edward Caison Jr.

    Paternal grandparents are Earl and Barbara Clewis of Southport.

    Great-grandparents are Mickey Robinson of Supply and Lucy Henry of Southport.

  • Hayes birth

    Beth and Jason Hayes of Fuquay-Varina are the parents of a son, Ford Walker Lowery Hayes, born at 12:54 p.m. Jan. 21 at Wake Med Cary Hospital.

    He weighed 9.9 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Emerson Rose Hayes.

    Maternal grandparents are Alton and Betty Lowery of Bladenboro.

    Paternal grandparents are Deborah Evans of Supply and Lonzo Hayes of Fuquay-Varina.

    Maternal great-grandmother is Lucille Grainger of Bladenboro.

    Paternal great-grandmother is Myrna Malinchalk of Leland.

  • Prophets are found in the most unlikely places

    When most folks hear the word prophet, they think of major figures in history that have stirred the world, upset the status quo, and lived dangerously as a result. Names like Martin Luther, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammed, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Dorothy Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joan of Arc, Bishop Oscar Romero Sr., Dorothy Stang, John the Baptizer and Jesus, the Christ—Son of God and prophet beyond all prophets—emerge from our memories as heroic men and women who sought to save the world from its own bondage.

  • West splits conference duals; South wins first two

    West Brunswick split its first two conference tennis duals and South Brunswick won its first two conference duals. Summaries are below.



    LELAND—West Brunswick beat North Brunswick 8-1 in a conference dual March 10. West swept the singles matches. Alex Humbert, Neil Mintz, John Harmon and Daniel Hernandez each won two matches.