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Today's News

  • Try using seasonal foods when planning your daily meals

    Have you ever sat down and planned what meals you were going to cook that week without considering what vegetables were in season?

    I know I have. I get this craving for a certain meal that I want to have without even considering if certain foods or veggies are even available at that time of year. When I can’t find what I want, I sometimes end up creating a completely different dish than what I had planned. Sometimes this is a good thing.

  • Pill trafficker found with 11,000 prescription drugs sentenced

    Ritchie L. Carson, 46, of 555 Gilbert Road, Bolivia, has been sentenced to a minimum of 90 months and a maximum of 117 months in the N.C. Department of Corrections and ordered to pay a $100,000 fine for trafficking by possession and transportation of the prescription pain medication oxycodone.

  • Town park is not best use of taxpayer dollars

    All of our communities must give serious consideration to the development of green spaces in our growing county.

    Sunset Beach is no exception to this; however, we do not think investing nearly $4 million into a park property is the best use of taxpayer dollars—especially in light of this challenging economy.

    Previously, Sunset Beach commissioners agreed to move forward on the 5.22-acre waterway site only if the town could secure 50 percent of the $3.75 million price in matching grant funding before Sept. 10.

  • Watching a unique experience: Seeing a leatherback turtle nest hatch

    OK, so admittedly, last Thursday wasn’t my best day.

    Facing some different-than-normal stresses in an already normally stressful work environment, I had my evening planned before I left the office.

    I wanted to go home, grab a glass of wine, crawl into my bed and watch a movie. This, I was certain, would re-energize me to face Friday, the beginning of our production cycle, followed by a weekend of already planned activities, including a stop at “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars.”

  • No Port seeking alternative use for NCIT site, continues fight against mega-port

    No Port Southport is continuing its mission to oppose construction of a deepwater container terminal in Southport by seeking alternative uses for the N.C. Ports Authority property now that the project has officially been placed “on hold.”

    Recently, No Port members met with representatives from the Brunswick County Economic Development Commission (EDC) and made a presentation to county commissioners asking for their assistance with locating other industries that might use the 600 acres.

  • Family fights to save belongings, find temporary shelter

    Mike Sherrill still has trouble sleeping at night.

    When he closes his eyes, he sees the flames that “looked almost alive” when he opened his bedroom door last Monday—the day a fire destroyed the home he and his wife have lived in for 20 years.

    At about 1 p.m., Sherrill was returning from his day job and getting ready to work his second job at Food Lion. He threw some clothes in the dryer and had begun to take a bath when he heard a loud boom in the bedroom. He jumped out and ran to the room. That’s where he saw the flames and smoke.

  • Gullah/Geechee commission to meet in Southport Aug. 13

    The Gullah/Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission will meet in Brunswick County for the first time next week, continuing its mission to develop a plan to preserve the West African culture in the four-state corridor.

    The quarterly meeting is set for 9 a.m. Aug. 13 at Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St., Southport. The public is invited.

    The meeting will include reports about the development of alternatives for the corridor’s general management plan.

  • Anointed Vessels to begin preparing for next ‘Glorious Impossible’

    The Anointed Vessels, a nonprofit performing arts ministry based in Ash, is beginning rehearsals for its December show, “Glorious Impossible,” a dramatization of Christ’s life.

    Rehearsals will begin Aug. 16, according to the Rev. Diana Payne, the ministry leader. Performances are set for Dec. 2-6.

    The ministry’s outdoor theater, “Can You Believe It?” has been the site of several Glorious Impossible shows over the years—each one with different sets and scenery but with the same story.

  • Stone Chimney Road closed until November for bridge repairs

    To replace three bridges on Stone Chimney Road in Supply, officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation have closed a portion of Stone Chimney Road until November.

    The span of Stone Chimney Road—from the intersection of N.C. 211 to the intersection of Stanley Road—was closed to through traffic Aug. 4. The span will remain closed until Nov. 29, according to N.C. DOT.

    Through traffic will be rerouted to Stanley Road, to Mount Pisgah Road, and U.S. 17 to N.C. 211.

    DOT cautions all drivers to follow detour signs.

  • Commissioners deny VFW request to sell food at Concerts on the Coast

    HOLDEN BEACH—Saying they want the Concerts on the Coast summer concert series at Holden Beach to remain vendor-free, Holden Beach commissioners denied a request by the local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post to sell hotdogs and hamburgers at the concert series.

    But commissioners suggested VFW members come back to the board in the near future with a possible fundraiser, which commissioners say they’d support.