Today's News

  • Shallotte sets Christmas parade, tree lighting

    The town of Shallotte has scheduled its annual Christmas tree lighting and parade for Dec. 4 and Dec. 5, officially ringing in the holiday season in town.

    The town and the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce will sponsor the annual Christmas tree lighting beginning at 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 4, at Rourk Gardens.

    The event will begin with welcomes from Shallotte Mayor Gerald Long and chamber president Cathy Altman.

  • Passenger on parasailing boat during fatal incident files lawsuit

    A passenger on the Tied High, the parasailing boat on which two women were killed during a storm in August, has filed suit against the parasailing company on behalf of his four minor children. He claims they have suffered emotional distress since the incident.

    Robert Alan Whitman of New Jersey filed suit in U.S. District Court on behalf of his four children, all of whom are younger than 14.

  • Flooding, strong winds expected in storms Wednesday

    Strong rains are moving through Brunswick County Wednesday with estimated rainfall amounts of one to three inches.

    Some thunderstorms may turn severe late in the day Wednesday through Wednesday night.

    According to the National Weather Service, damaging winds and tornadoes with this storm system are possible. Ponding of water in low-lying and areas of poor drainage is expected.

  • Board tables decision on public records fees

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has yet to make a decision on how much to charge individuals seeking public records.

    “We’ve not charged for anything whatsoever so far, and this didn’t really come about until there was a request for six months of information,” Superintendent Katie McGee said during last month’s policy committee meeting. “Once that occurred, it took a tremendous amount of time on staff.”

  • Board of education elects new chairperson

    The Brunswick County Board of Education has a new leader.

    Bud Thorsen was unanimously voted chairperson of the board Tuesday night after Shirley Babson withdrew her name from the nominations.

    “I first want to thank Ms. Babson for withdrawing her name,” Thorsen said. “It means a lot to have unity on the board, and it shows that she is very extremely sincere about that.”

  • Beach Assembly brings back ‘Bethlehem Live’

    Beginning Dec. 4, Brunswick County residents can experience Bethlehem with just a little trip down the road.

    For the third year, Beach Assembly of God will present “Bethlehem Live,” a drama that tells the story of Jesus Christ from the manager to His resurrection.

    More than 100 actors will re-enact stories from the Bible while dressed in period clothing. Townspeople will interact with the audience as they travel through Jerusalem.

  • With zucchini almost gone, it's time to look for some winter squash

    Once our weather begins to cool off, it’s time to look for some winter squash. If you’ve been frequenting our local farmer’s markets and farm markets, it’s hard to miss them in the produce section this time of year. Spaghetti and butternut squash are bright yellow or orange; some are small and some are really big, like the Hubbard squash, which comes in blue and orange!

  • Old-fashioned molasses a good source of iron for your body

    One day last week when I was looking for some rice vinegar and sesame oil on the turn-table in my corner kitchen pantry, I came across a bottle of molasses I had bought a couple years earlier for a recipe I no longer even remember. This got me to thinking maybe I should read up a little on molasses and find some good recipes that use it.

    Table-grade molasses contains about 60 percent sugar, is economical and can be used on cereal, baked apples, stewed fruit, peanut butter, baked ham and even bread and butter.

    What is molasses?

  • It's time to enjoy oysters, shrimp, crab and clams at local festivals

    October is one of my favorite times of the year, as oysters, shrimp, crab and clams are featured at the many seafood festivals in our area. Shrimp, because they are so rich in food value, are the most popular of seafood products. But you can’t beat the oyster stew and clam chowder that is prevalent this time of the year.

  • Thanksgiving is the one holiday most people celebrate at home

    The Thanksgiving holiday is all about traditions. Most American families usually have their own tradition when celebrating Thanksgiving, from preparing the turkey and/or ham, to attending the holiday parades, to watching the many football games on TV, or to just lounging around with many friends who have gathered for the holiday event.