Today's News

  • Remembering that bowl of French fries smothered with gravy

    I can remember the first time I ever tasted French fries smothered in chicken gravy. It was in Topeka, Ka., at a small local steakhouse.

    The waiters never wrote anything down, being able to remember everyone’s order perfectly. Our group all ordered thick T-bone steaks. In a few minutes, the waiter brought over a large serving bowl of homemade fries and a large bowl of chicken gravy. I don’t remember much about the steaks, but the combination of those fries and gravy has stuck with me all these years.

  • Community news briefs

    Democratic meet and greet set

    There will be a Democratic candidate meet and greet, including a free barbecue dinner, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Waccamaw Community Center in Waccamaw Park in Ash.

    Leland’s Little Learners starts

    The own of Leland is launching a new, free weekly educational program for children ages 3-5 that began Oct. 5.

  • Coastal Hounds Walk set for Oct. 9

     Shallotte Rotary Club’s second annual Coastal Hounds Walk the Town dog walk is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Shallotte Middle School.

    All of the registration fees will go to Carolina Canines for Veterans, a program that provides service dogs to wounded warriors. As of May 2010, Carolina Canines, located in Wilmington, has placed 10 service dogs to Wounded Warriors at no charge to the veteran.

    The length of the walk is 1.25 miles for the Bassett hound track and 2 miles for the top hound track.

  • New books available at Rourk

     The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

  • Valerio, Hilliard win again in cross country

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—Roberto Valerio edged teammate Al Rising by 1 second in pacing West Brunswick to a victory in the third cross-country meet of the season Oct. 5.

    Valerio finished the 3.1-mile course in 18 minutes, 4 seconds. West’s Jason Huff was fourth in 18:07 and Ronnie Dellinger was fifth in 18:12. James Edwards was 11th in 19:52.

    For South, Robert Kent was third in 18:06. Bradley Phillips was seventh in 19:11. Kenneth Shadid finished just ahead of teammate Luis Rodriguez in 19:21. Sam Johnson was 15th in 20:51.

  • Falling behind 2-0, South rallies for 3-2 victory

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—South Brunswick fell behind 2-0 but rallied for three goals and a 3-2 victory over West Brunswick on Oct. 6, a victory that kept the Cougar soccer team unbeaten in the conference.

    The victory completes a sweep of West (3-3 in the conference). The Cougars had beaten West 2-0 earlier this year, but West entered the game off a 6-0 victory two days earlier against South Columbus.

  • Summer continues her fall reign

     BOILING SPRING LAKES—The start of what promises to be a good conference tennis rivalry for Summer Phillips ended the way all the other previous No. 1 singles matches have ended: with a Phillips victory.

    Phillips, a South Brunswick High School junior, kept alive her unbeaten conference singles streak by beating West Brunswick High School freshman Penny Watts 6-1, 6-1 Oct. 6 in the highly anticipated conference match at South. The match was more competitive than the final score indicates: two games in each set went deuce, and Phillips won each one.

  • A new bridge is dedicated in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH—On a balmy, sun-bathed afternoon, a large crowd turned out at the base of the state’s newest Intracoastal Waterway bridge for its official dedication.

    Though the new $32 million Mannon C. Gore high-rise bridge isn’t quite ready to open to traffic, it got a proper christening and welcome, with state and local dignitaries in attendance at the Oct. 1 ceremony.

  • Nonagenarian sisters enjoy beach gathering at 'Turtle Trail'

    HOLDEN BEACH—Three sisters in their 90s recently enjoyed the reunion of a lifetime.

    Oldest sister Wanna McAnally, 97, middle sister Delle Martin, 94, and baby sister Frances Robinson, 91, recently converged for a visit at Robinson’s oceanfront vacation house, “Turtle Trail.”

    They said it was the first time in a long time just the three of them had had a chance to spend a few days together.

    Year-round, Robinson lives in Jamestown, McAnally lives in High Point and Martin lives in Eden.

  • Holden Beach bulkheads damaged by flooding

    After four and a half days of relentless rain, Pete Schwaiger walked down the steps of his beach house Friday morning, looked at the canal and wondered why his fence was bent over the water.

    He immediately found out why. His was one of 20 bulkheads (sea walls) on Holden Beach that buckled during last week’s monsoon.

    Two low-pressure systems chased by Tropical Storm Nicole roared from the Caribbean up the East Coast and dumped 17 to 22 inches of rain across the island, said town building inspector Tim Evans.