Today's News

  • Students help with veterans’ memorial

    Matt Sarkela, owner of Mr. Appliance of Wilmington, gathered JRTOC students from North Brunswick High School to plant shrubs, rake leaves, shovel dirt and lay brick at the 120th 30th Battalion North Carolina National Guard Fallen Soldiers Memorial.

    Sarkela and students worked along side future soldiers of the USS Gravely, the Navy’s newest destroyer to the U.S. fleet. As a thank you for the services provided by Sarkela and the students, a brick at the memorial was dedicated to the JROTC.

  • CGMS students earn honors, awards

    Cedar Grove Middle School students earn honors for first nine weeks.

    A honor roll

    Sixth grade: Aaron Biagiotti, Tiffany Bruce, Tammy Butler, Thompson Clemmons, Darbyn Colthurst, Austin Dickerson, Aidan Goble, Elizabeth Gonzalez, Christian Hernandez, Mariah Hewett, Zane Hill, Danecia Ladson, Matthew Phelps, Joshua Renfrow, Chase Slaven.

    Seventh grade: Jillian Benton, Hannah Blake, Alexis Cohan, Darcy Evans, Hayden Huffman, Hunter Langley, Alyssa Miller, Ian Niggles, Andrew Nixon, Kaitlyn Rea, David Venegas, Bailey Walker.

  • Religion briefs

    Cantata set for Dec. 12

    Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas cantata by the adult choir. Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Church plans Christmas dinner

  • Waiting is difficult but rewarding; rely on your faithfulness

    Waiting is too hard to do. Yet, wait we do, on a daily basis. We wait for medical appointments. We wait in cashiers’ lines. We wait for delivery of purchases. We wait to heal from injuries and illnesses. We wait to hear good news and wait fearfully for the drop of the other shoe. We wait in anticipation as well as anxiety.

  • Oak Island art show winners

    The 16th annual Arts by the Shore art show took place at the Oak Island Recreation Center Nov. 19-21.

    The reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 21, was hosted by Roger Tatum, president of the Oak Island Art Guild; Joyce Grazetti, chairman of the Oak Island Art Guild ABTS Committee; and Billie Jayroe, representative of Oak Island Parks & Recreation. The show was co-sponsored by the Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks & Recreation.

  • Consider donations to nonprofits this holiday season

     “Gift to a nonprofit this holiday season” is the message being sent by Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director, to the community.

    According to a Harris Interactive Study conducted on gift giving, 84 percent of people prefer to receive a gift that benefits someone else instead of a traditional present. Consider making donations in the names of friends and family members in lieu of purchasing presents this holiday season. 

  • Ruffner-Thompkins engagement


    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lee Ann Ruffner and Chris Thompkins, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Leslie and Laura Ruffner of Greensburgh, Pa. The prospective groom is the son of Tommy and Patricia Thompkins of Hope Mills. A June 18 wedding is planned at Sunset Beach.

  • Tips on gardening for N.C. newcomers

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Humid weather, high rainfall and nutrient-deficient soils are just a few of the challenges you might face as a gardener new to Brunswick County, but North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension specialists and agents agree there are also upsides to gardening here.

    If you recently moved to North Carolina and want to start a garden, you need to forget everything you know about gardening. No longer can you stick a plant in the ground and expect it to grow.

    Clay and sand

  • Celebrate the poinsettia

    By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop until we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold. 

  • An early cold spell

    If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t habla the Español. Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low in the last week or so. What does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is, “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine.