Today's News

  • The debt diet: What’s trust got to do with it?

    Some consider her the icon of the age and worship at her shrine. Others find her to be oppressively present. Oprah Winfrey is obviously an impressive force in promoting ideas, books and people. 

    One of her more recent ventures was a series that confronted the topic of a debt-ridden people and the impact this raging disease has had on society. The professionals Winfrey engaged as presenters challenged the debtors—and by extension all of us—to change lifestyles. 

  • Meissner completes Navy training

    Navy Seaman Apprentice Nicole M. Meissner, daughter of Laura A. and Jay E. Meissner of Leland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to her current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    During the eight-week program, Meissner completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. 

  • Hughes completes basic training

    Army Pfc. Kristen A. Hughes, daughter of Lane Thompson of Shallotte, and Kevin Hughes of Ocean Isle Beach, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    During nine weeks of training, Hughes studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

  • Scott named UNCW Principal Fellow

    Brunswick County resident Dawn Lewis Scott has been admitted for the fall 2010 semester at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a Principal Fellow.

    One of only 52 Principal Fellows selected statewide to participate in the rigorous, two-year program, Scott will complete a full year of coursework and a 10-month full-time internship, while earning a master’s degree in school administration. Major areas of study will include: teacher effectiveness, instructional improvement, school finance, teacher support, data analysis, diversity and vision.

  • McClain-Grissett engagement

    Tammy McClain and Talbot Grissett, both of Ocean Isle Beach, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The prospective bride is the daughter of Ray Lambert, of Ash, and Betty Lambert, of Concord. The prospective groom is the son of DeAnna Grissett, of Shallotte, and Kenneth and Frances Grissett, of Ocean Isle Beach. An Aug. 21 wedding is planned at Miss Caroline’s Country Wedding in Maggie Valley.

  • Ellis-Carico engagement

    Denny and Lynn Ellis of Shallotte, announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Sara Ellis, of Shallotte, to Ian Carico of Supply. He is the son of Dicky and Anne Carico of Madison. An April 10, 2011, wedding is planned in Southport.

  • Communities in Schools sponsors Stuff the Bus event

    Communities in Schools (CIS) had its fourth annual Stuff the Bus event at the Leland, Shallotte and Southport Walmart stores on tax-free weekend to benefit the children of Brunswick County.

    “Stuff the Bus helps reduce the financial burden on families already hard hit by the economy. This year more than $13,000 worth of school supplies were collected for the children in Brunswick County,” said Linda Rumsey, director of the Adopt-A-School and Volunteer Program.

  • Centipede grass horrors: Why is my grass dying?

    By Charlie Spencer 

    Master Gardener

    It is that time of year when the Master Gardener information phone starts to ring off the hook. Homeowners who have centipede grass in their yards realize that there is something wrong with the grass. It is dying in places, usually in a circular pattern.

  • Consistently hot weather can cause turf woes

    The people who keep weather records tell me the last 60 days have been consistently the hottest since they started keeping records on such things. That’s probably not news to most of you. The heat has been brutal this year. 

  • Brunswick Community Hospital recognized for patient safety

    Brunswick Community Hospital was recently recognized as a leader in clinical quality and patient safety for its efforts to reduce the incidence of hospital-acquired infections, specifically Methicillin resistant Staphylococcus aureus, or MRSA infections, which are difficult to treat if they develop.