Today's News

  • Get paid to shop, mystery shopping opportunities available locally

    Two of my favorite things go hand-in-hand—shopping and money.

    To shop, you have to have money. To have money, you have to have a job. Why not kill two birds with one stone and get paid to shop?

    The Mystery Shopping Providers Association (MSPA) is a worldwide organization that provides mystery shoppers the chance to make money while shopping and performing market research.

    “Our member companies work with their clients to establish mechanisms to measure and improve levels of service,” its Web site states.

  • Town hopes to resolve road improvement issues

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Town officials are hoping to have a resolution regarding road improvements at the corner of N.C. 179 and N.C. 904 by the end of the month.

    In December, officials from Crescent Resources LLC asked Ocean Isle Beach commissioners to release them from one of the six original driveways that were included in the original bond.

    Eric Jaegers said because the company is in bankruptcy, completing the driveway would be an added expense.

  • Touch a Life Learning Center opens this month

    Adult learners looking for a quiet, non-intimidating place to study can now go to the Touch a Life Learning Center at the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    Set to formally open next week, the Learning Center is designed to be a place for adult students and teachers to use for studying, tutoring and learning, Mari-Lou Wong-Chong, Literacy Council board president, said.

    “Everybody’s welcome to learn at the center,” Wong-Chong said.

  • The Wilmington 10

    Connie Tindall was the leading defensive tackle in 4A football in the state of North Carolina. Willie Vereen was an aspiring musician headed for stardom.

    The dreams of these men and eight of their peers came to an abrupt halt in the early 1970s when they were incarcerated for a crime they didn’t commit.

    Tindall and Vereen shared the story of The Wilmington 10 last week with the Cedar Grove Basketball Poets, who in turn helped raise money for their newly formed social justice foundation.

  • ELECTION FILINGS: No one files yet for board of education

    Two seats on the Brunswick County Board of Education are open, and as of press time Tuesday, no one had filed for either position.

    Scott Milligan, vice-chairman of the board, and Charlie Miller are both up for re-election this year. Neither has made a public announcement regarding their intentions.

    Milligan was elected to the board in 2004 and served as chairman from 2006-2007. He currently serves as chairman of the finance committee.

  • Holden Beach says canal lots need bulkheads

    Holden Beach commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance requiring bulkheads on canal lots, during the board’s regular meeting at town hall Tuesday night.

    The requirement will apply to interior canal lots in the three subdivisions—Holden Beach Harbor, Heritage Harbor and Harbor Acres. The ordinance does not apply to lots on the Intracoastal Waterway.

  • Corned beef and cabbage makes a good meal any time of the year

    My grandmother on my father’s side was from the Irish “Kirkbride” clan. I had many aunts, uncles and cousins from this side of the family. With this background, I remember eating many traditional Irish dishes, especially corned beef and cabbage, which we always had on St. Patrick’s Day. But we liked it so much we ate it quite often throughout the year.

  • Feature vegetables as a main course, not as the usual side dish

    Vegetables don’t always have to be served on the side. We tend, myself included, to focus on a protein (meat or fish) and some kind of carb, like potatoes or rice, and then just add a vegetable as an afterthought.

    Vegetable soups, casseroles and roasted veggies are great wintertime dishes. So why do we tend to relegate them to a small portion of our plate, especially when they’re so filling? Why not feature them as a main course instead of focusing on the usual proteins and carbos?

  • Hasselback potatoes: an elegant alternative to a baked potato

    This Swedish dish takes its name from Hasselbacken, the Stockholm restaurant where it was first served.

    These thinly sliced, seasoned potatoes, called “accordion potatoes” by most other European eateries, is an elegant alternative to the everyday baked, fried or mashed potato.

    When properly made, the potato will open just like an accordion, into a fan shape. The outside will be crispy and the inside will remain soft and tender.

  • Schools, county agree on contract for SRO services

    Members of the Brunswick County Board of Education adopted a contract for the service of school resource officers (SROs) Tuesday night.

    Working on a contract agreement with the county since July 2009, board members and county officials disagreed on language in the contract pertaining to the schools’ budgeted amount for SRO services.