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Today's News

  • Christmas is the time to reflect and remember times that have passed

    Isn’t it amazing how we can be wishing to turn 16 and get a driver’s license and then wake up a short time later and 30 years have disappeared? Something about this time of year always kicks the nostalgia into high gear, so bear with me as we look back on Christmases past.

    The first 10 years of my life were spent in a white, wood-framed house that was completed in 1912. It had the typical high ceilings, no insulation and was oriented just right to catch a summer breeze.

  • Preliminary annexation meeting draws questions

    SUNSET BEACH—A handful of residents showed up to ask town council about the town’s plans to annex a 99-acre residential tract at a specially called meeting Monday night.

    The questions came after council unanimously approved a resolution of intent to annex the property, most of it along N.C. 179 between The Colony II at Oyster Bay and the Calabash River.

  • It’s not hard to cultivate carnivores in the garden

    It is a wonderful thing for a gardener to find an exotic and interesting plant that is easy to cultivate. Pitcher plants are a rare and unusual carnivorous plant that are easy to incorporate into the garden and are especially amenable to container planting; however, their cultural needs differ from most plants, and it is necessary to understand the lifestyle of pitcher plants so you can give them a proper home in your garden.

  • Hard times have many asking: What may I keep?

    Economically, these are tough times. People everywhere are hurting from a painful trickle down effect.

    Loss of money at the top of the scale has had its negative effect all the way down to those who had the least from the beginning.

    Charitable, nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch along with their clientele. Fueled by financial deficits and exacerbating anger, abusers are even more violent.

  • NHRMC breaks ground for new facility in Brunswick Forest

    Construction has begun on a project that will bring New Hanover Regional Medical Center services directly to northern Brunswick County.

    Steel beams are going up on the medical center’s new 40,000-square-foot medical complex in The Villages at Brunswick Forest. When complete, area residents will have easier access to imaging and urgent care services as well as primary and specialist physicians.

  • Restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of Dec. 1-5.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • Time for me to be a cowboy

    If you know who Shawn Proctor is, or if you know who Chad Ferley is, then I know who you are: a rodeo fan.

    Like many sports fans, each year I have my list of championship events I want to watch. In early December, that list includes the 10-round National Finals Rodeo.

  • West wins four titles in Battle at the Beach

    South Brunswick beat West Brunswick by five points to win the Battle at the Beach wrestling tournament Saturday at West Brunswick High School.

    In the seven-team high school tournament, South finished with 64.5 points and West with 59.5. North finished seventh.

    West had four champions in the round-robin tournament, a tournament in which the emphasis was on getting wrestlers as many matches as possible.

    Dylan Bernier, a junior, won the 112-pound title.

  • Lady Trojans defeat South

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—West Brunswick built a 14-point halftime lead and then withstood poor shooting in the third quarter to beat South Brunswick 43-34 Friday.

    The victory completed a season sweep.

    “We came out and played hard early, which is what we want to try to do to get a good lead and momentum,” coach James Walker said. “Probably the best first quarter we’ve had all season.”

  • Sunset Beach pontoon bridge operators to be laid off

    SUNSET BEACH—Operators of the Sunset Beach pontoon bridge are feeling the effects of a tightening economy—they received notice last week they’re being laid off after they've trained their replacements.

    In a Dec. 8 letter included in the employees’ paychecks last week, NCDOT Division 3 director Allen Pope noted the department is “facing a very difficult financial time, with its annual budget reduced by 35 percent from the budget it had planned since July 1.