Today's News

  • Memory is a living metaphor for eternal life

    I have previously mentioned I love to read novels, both as a kind of palate cleansing from more serious theological and scriptural texts and just for the sheer fun of letting the words flow over and through me.
    Though it had resided in my library for a long time, I finally got around to reading Sue Miller’s book, “While I Was Gone.” Perhaps my waxing and waning health was the cause, but it took a while before I could be gone within the book and begin to enjoy it.

  • Homeless in Brunswick County: Part 2

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about homelessness in Brunswick County. When reporter Rachel Johnson agreed to take part in a Homeless Village sponsored by BFA and Building Hope Ministries, she and other participants were asked to create a background story—a character—and to become that character for 24 hours. Below is her story and her account of being in the Homeless Village.



    I walked 16 miles to Shallotte today.

  • Speeders beware

    With the introduction of a new month comes a new goal for the Shallotte Police Department—reducing speed.

    Starting at 6 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 1, the police department was out in force in several areas of Shallotte known for speeding, which in recent months has led to fatal wrecks.

    “Our goal is to slow people down,” said Rodney Gause, chief of police.

    He warns drivers to adhere to the speed limit.

    Areas the police department is particularly focusing on are near Brierwood on N.C. 179 and The Highlands/Cardinal Pointe area.

  • Education briefs

    Teacher awarded ExxonMobil educational grant
    Vicky Edge, a fifth-grade teacher at Town Creek Elementary School, applied for and was chosen to receive the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant for $500.
    The grant will be used to purchase a Hands On Equations Learning System for teaching students algebraic concepts.
    She will purchase material for 30 students, teaching resources and the Hands On Equations for SMART board license.

  • Redman Mercer reunion

    The descendants of Redman Mercer plan a family reunion from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. There will be a pig pickin’ so bring companion dishes along with old stories. Call Marian Mercer at 253-5759 or 622-0004.

  • Soucek-Hughes

    Mr. Robert Soucek Sr. announces the engagement of his daughter, Annalorel Soucek, to Jared Chad Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hughes.  A May 2013 wedding is planned.

  • Get more daily calcium

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Calcium is an important mineral for people of all ages. It helps build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and healthy later in life. Most Americans can use more calcium in their diet.
    We all know calcium is found in milk products, but to aid in the quest to get more calcium, many popular foods and drinks are now fortified with calcium.

  • Fall ornamental vegetables and herbs for your garden

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • N.C. youth attend horticulture convention

    From landscaping a roof to delving into the details of sweet potato production, youth from North Carolina traveled to California to share their favorite plant stories at the 77th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s annual convention in San Diego.
    Twenty-four youth and adults formed the North Carolina delegation brought their best plant knowledge to bear on a series of contests designed to test communication and problem solving skills.

  • Invasive plants upset balance and have the potential to spread everywhere

    Have you ever taken a walk through the woods and noticed the same invasive plant covering the entire ground? Why do some weeds thrive so well that it seems they could take over the world?
    Some common invasive species you may be familiar with are kudzu, wisteria, privet, ivy, and even Bradford pears. Small forest openings, forest road right of ways, and areas under and beside forest canopies are often occupied by invasive non-native plants. If you live near one of these spaces, you may be battling noxious weeds.