Today's News

  • Enhance those spring salads with toppings of meat or beans

    If there’s one food that really captures the essence of spring, it’s salad.

    A salad is the perfect way to use up leftover grilled chicken or steak. You can also use different types of lunchmeat, such as corned beef, ham, turkey and tuna on your salad. I even like to add various types of beans on mine. Try making your next salad with a sprinkling of kidney beans, garbanzos or black beans for a great tasting and satisfying topper.

  • Health bill still being debated by breakfast crowd

    As countdown ensued Tuesday for President Obama to sign the healthcare reform bill, the morning crowd in Calabash was still debating its merits—or its demerits, depending on perspective.

    “Well, I’d just like to say I think it’s a bad thing for this country,” said Daphen Edge of Little River, S.C., waiting for an appointment at a local doctor’s office.

    First of all, she doesn’t understand its massive details.

  • This season, catching redfish 'is a blast'

    The spring redfish bite in Brunswick County and the Little River, S.C., area has been the best in many years. The inshore redfish have hit consistently in the shallow water, and these have been very nice-sized fish.

    Capt. Patrick Kelly, who goes by the handle Capt. Smiley and runs Captain Smiley Fishing Charters (http://www.captainsmileyfishingcharters.com) out of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., said he is amazed at how strong the redfish bite has been lately.

  • Rounds4Research: Great idea, great cause spreading throughout the Southeast

    “Necessity is the mother of invention” is a saying we’ve all heard at one time or another, and nowhere is that saying truer than in the Rounds4Research initiative of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association.

    Rounds of golf at more than 550 golf courses in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia and Texas will be auctioned off online from April 7-14 through its Web site, Rounds4Research.com. The funds raised will provide money for turfgrass research.

  • Eclectic 'Pastel Sisters Show All' launches Saturday at Calabash gallery


    Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, which has led to creation of a close-knit group dubbing themselves the Pastel Sisters.

    Their resulting group show, "Pastel Sisters Show All," debuts with a reception 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office K-9 roundup

    The K-9 enforcement team answers calls, conducts driver’s license checkpoints and assists with other agencies when K-9s are needed.

    From March 15-21, K-9 deputies patrolled the following communities: Brunswick Forest, Carolina Shores, Shell Point Acres, Sunset Harbor and Forest Hills.

    K-9 deputies issued seven uniform citations and made six drug arrests.

    The following suspects were charged:

  • Board of education faces tough decisions with shrinking budget

    Brunswick County Schools officials have some tough decisions ahead of them.

    In light of troubled economy, the district is anticipating budget cuts for the upcoming fiscal year.

    Recently, as a solution to save the district money, a proposal was presented that would remove pre-K services from the school district. It’s an effort that, if adopted, would mean some $450,000 in Title I funding could go to elementary and high schools throughout Brunswick County—each county elementary and high school could receive an additional $35,000.

  • District Court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on March 10, 11, 12, 15 and 16 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, March 10

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Joy Easley and courtroom clerk Lisa Quick:

    Lawrence Brown Jr., PG assault on a female.

  • SUNSHINE WEEK: What it takes to be a poll worker

    With 23 precincts in Brunswick County, many poll workers are needed each election season to help voters with their voting experience.

    Greg Bellamy, elections director, said the number of poll workers needed in Brunswick County varies depending on the type of election and the candidates running. Compared to a similar primary election season in 2006, Bellamy anticipates needing 165-170 poll workers for this May’s primary election.

    “It’s based on a projection of how many voters that we think will come to the polls,” Bellamy said.

  • Friends, family celebrate the long life of Harvey Robinson

    In the 1985 hit movie “Cocoon,” a group of elderly Florida residents become rejuvenated and youthful when they start swimming in a pool inhabited by alien pods.

    The men start noticing their wives again. Couples start going out dancing. They start kicking butt in shuffleboard tournaments and enjoying life for the first time in years.

    By the end of the movie, however, the “life force” has gone from the pool, and most of the retirees decide to go with the aliens to their home planet, where they will never grow older, never get sick and never die.