Today's News

  • Shallotte planners recommend regulation of Internet sweepstakes businesses

    Shallotte town employees are getting more than their share of requests from would-be entrepreneurs seeking to open Internet gaming businesses in town.

    At Tuesday night’s planning board meeting, town planner Allen Serkin and alderman John Kinlaw urged board members to recommend regulations for the businesses, including definitions, conditional uses and other restrictions so the town can have a place to start.

  • The gift of years is to grow older gracefully

    It all starts when the first AARP notification arrives. That hallmark of aging puts a new label onto the year 50 at the same time that some proclaim 50 as the new 30.

    Having approached, entered, and long since left that “middle age” marker, I now gasp as media reports identify a 70-year-old as elderly. 70! I have already left that number in the dust and gain both grace and confidence by reminding myself my mother is alive and kicking at 95 and a half.

  • BB&T Jamboree signals start of football

    For high school football fans, the 23rd annual BB&T Football Jamboree on Friday at Legion Stadium in Wilmington means the start of the football season.

    This scrimmage is a fundraiser for 10 southeastern North Carolina high schools and student scholarships.

    The jamboree begins at 5 p.m. with a cheerleading showcase that includes squads from West Brunswick and South Brunswick high schools.

  • Leland wins first two games in World Series

    The Leland Dixie Youth Majors baseball team has won its first two games in the Dixie Youth Baseball Majors World Series in Laurel, Miss.

    Leland’s team of 12-year-olds opened the series by routing Florida (San Antonio Pasco) 11-1 Saturday night.

    Leland, representing North Carolina in the 11-state tournament, scored four runs in the first inning, all with two outs, manager Bobby Scoggins said. Blaine Hollis hit a three-run home run.

    “Pretty much everybody else contributed,” Scoggins said. “We had a good night hitting.”

  • Holden Beach police report

    Holden Beach Police investigated the following incidents from Aug. 5-10, which are taken directly from police incident reports:

    •Larceny on Carolina Avenue.

    •Larceny on Sailfish Street.

    •Damage to real property on Ocean Boulevard West.

    •Burglary on Seaview Drive.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office drug report

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit made the following arrests last week. The suspects and their charges, which are taken directly from arrest reports and citations, are:

    •Jeremiah John McNeil, 26, of 380 Calabash Road, Calabash; charged with possession with intent to manufacture, sell and deliver a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Brunswick Community College offers more continuing education courses

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Onya Galloway, administrative assistant.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Corn on the cob is plentiful and available at local farmers markets

    It was flavor that drew me to corn. When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful.

    Even though it’s available year round, I love corn in late summer when it is at its peak. Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness quickly.

    Corn Trivia

    Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

  • The First Tee teaches golf and core values

    The First Tee of Brunswick County received its charter in 2005 and began programs in February 2006. Since then, the local chapter has grown and flourished through community support, donors, parents and guardians, and enthusiastic kids.

    Each year, more than 400 children are reached through after-school and Saturday programs and summer camps. Another 6,500 Brunswick County students receive the National Schools Program of The First Tee through their physical education classes.

  • More debate, less 'shouting down'

    A politically astute friend of mine from high school is now my Facebook friend and often posts links to articles about what’s going on in Congress.

    He’s an Independent who leans to the left on a few issues, but he posts news and commentary from all sides of the arguments and is always asking for input from everyone on topics ranging from healthcare reform to Supreme Court confirmations. He likes debate.