Today's News

  • Recycling Christmas trees

     By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent


    As so often happens, the holidays will be gone almost as soon as they arrived and soon it will be time to think about what to do with your old Christmas tree. Though there may be no task more disheartening (or messier) than removing your Christmas tree, it does not necessarily mean its last stop is the curb with the empty gift boxes. How about this year going for a greener approach and extending the life (and function) of that old tree this year?


  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    One of my favorite trees here at the university grows right behind the herbarium. It’s been there for years (the building was constructed about 1974), and is now about 25 feet tall. (I’m terrible at estimating heights of trees … but let’s just say that it’s tall enough for you to cause serious damage if you fell out of it, while climbing around. But why would you want to climb around in this tree?

  • It’s time to start planning your Christmas meal

     Everyone loves gathering for Christmas dinner. Many of us will also be sharing Christmas Eve dinner with relatives and friends. So with only a few days until Christmas, if you haven’t already, it’s time to think about that Christmas meal.

    Traditionally, most Christmas dinners consist of turkey, stuffing, ham, cranberry sauce, scalloped potatoes, macaroni and cheese, green beans or other veggies and an array of desserts. Sound familiar? Many of us have this same meal at Thanksgiving, too.

  • Birthing the God within

     Whenever I read the Matthean infancy narrative I feel the anguish of two good people who were flying in the face of the law and customs of their people. Here was an unwed mother trying to tell her fiancé that she is pregnant — but not with his child — and is, as well, still a virgin. Three facts, one more astoundingly incredible than the other, were his to swallow.

  • Nichols named Brunswick County Public Utilities director

    John Nichols has been named director of Brunswick County Public Utilities effective Jan. 2, 2017.

    Nichols, a Southport native and graduate of South Brunswick High School, has worked for Brunswick County for more than 10 years as assistant director of public utilities. He will begin his new position following the retirement of Brunswick County Public Utilities director Jerry Pierce at the end of 2016.

  • County construction permits reach highest level since 2007

    The number of construction permits issued in Brunswick County in fiscal year 2016 was the highest since fiscal year 2007, and year-to-date numbers for the current year are on track to be even higher, according to a county news release.

  • This is the season to be fishing for wahoo

    As winter proceeds to dig its roots into our region, hard northeast and southwest winds have sent most fishermen either into a tree stand or back inside the inlet in search of redfish and trout. Although both alternatives can produce action-filled days, they rarely fill the void of hearing an outrigger pop or simply being out of cellphone range for a while — both urges that drive fishermen to extremes at times. Yet with the average wave height of 6 feet last week, almost everyone has turned to his next best opportunity at outdoor excitement.

  • South’s boys win all 11 swim events

    BOLIVIA — South Brunswick’s boys won all 11 swim events — 10 in regional standards — in a four-team conference meet Friday, Dec. 16, at the Dinah E. Gore Aquatics Center.

    “Never happened in my tenure,” South coach Sam Jennings said about the dominant performance.

    South scored 171 points in its best performance of the season. Topsail was second (123), Laney third (74) and West Brunswick fourth (70).

  • Holden Beach Central Reach Project delayed a week

    Holden Beach’s Central Reach Project was delayed one week because of rough seas the weekend of Dec. 10-11.

    The project will place up to 1.31 million cubic yards of sand along 4.1 miles of Holden Beach shoreline, from 240 Ocean Blvd. E. to 781 Ocean Blvd. W.

  • Man escapes Bolivia house fire that killed pet

    A man escaped a Bolivia house fire that killed one of his pets Thursday, Dec. 15.

    Bolivia Fire Chief Marcus Crisco said his department received an alarm about the fire on Shady Loop Lane at 10:35 p.m.

    He and 11 other members of the Bolivia Volunteer Fire Department arrived at 10:41 p.m. and left at 1:35 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16.

    The man who was home when the fire started escaped safely with all but one of his pets, Crisco said. The chief couldn’t say what kind of animals any of the pets were.