Today's News

  • Light show, letters to Santa and train show showcase holiday events

    For little ones wishing to receive a response from Santa Claus by Christmas, they’re asked to bring their letters to Santa of the North Pole Mailbox at the Museum of Coastal Carolina by Dec. 18.

    Scott Kucera, executive director the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation, which includes the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium at Sunset Beach, says children who bring their letters by the museum by Dec. 18 will be able to have their letters sent to the North Pole and back, all in time for Christmas.

  • Thirteen charged in Southport drug investigation

    Agents with the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Drug Enforcement Unit have charged 13 people following a four-day drug blitz.

    Sgt. Steve Lanier said 13 people were charged with 22 felony and misdemeanor drug charges after the four-day investigation, which included surveillance, vehicle stops and search warrants in the Southport area.

    Drug agents executed a search warrant Friday at 203 West 9th St., which Lanier described as the “hub” of the drug operations.

  • Local pastor provides meals, ministry in other countries

    For Mary Brown, becoming a minister was a journey from a life of poverty, drugs and incarceration to a new life.

    That’s what led the West Virginia native become active in ministry in Shallotte and to move beyond her old life into a new one—starting a small church and providing inspiration to those in need.

    Two years ago, Brown started House of Deliverance Worship Ministry on Tryon Road in Shallotte, and although the church has a small number of regular visitors, she continues to do what she feels God has called her to do.

  • Informational meeting set for new Brunswick County MADD chapter

    After working as a reporter and news editor for about eight years, Stacey Manning had gotten used to interacting with police officers, firefighters, EMTs, attorneys and judges.

    But she never imagined a single call on Feb. 17, 2006, would suddenly thrust her from behind the scenes directly into a news story.

  • Attorneys’ opinions differ on charging for public records

    Some members of the Brunswick County Board of Education think the district should charge for public records requests that consume staff hours and resources to furnish, but the board has yet to set any costs.

    The board tabled the discussion earlier this month and decided to have Freyja Cahill, executive finance officer, call other school districts and ask how much they charge for excessive requests.

    Superintendent Katie McGee said the board began discussing a charge when a request for six months of information was made.

  • Holden Beach Tree Lighting

    The Holden Beach Choir sings at the second annual Christmas Tree Lighting at Holden Beach on Thursday night. The evening included the annual tree lighting by Mayor Alan Holden, singing by the choir and visits with Santa for the children who attended.

  • Fresh trees for Christmas decorating: Fraser fir most popular choice

    Looking for a “real” Christmas tree to liven up the holiday season?

    Fraser firs, many of which are grown in western North Carolina, seem to be the most popular, according to experts.

    At Lowe’s Home Improvement and Home Depot in Shallotte, managers say 5-6-feet-tall Fraser firs are far and away the most sought-after type of Christmas tree. Home Depot also has Douglas firs. Many other local businesses, including several roadside stands, have live Christmas trees for sale in Brunswick County.

  • Are you ready for winter? The stars are preparing their displays

    Winter is on the way. Autumn is fading. If you look around, you will notice the trees have shed their bright fall colors and the grass is turning brown.

    Birds are once again visiting backyard feeders for a meal. Christmas decorating is at a frenzied pace with everyone decking the halls.

  • A holiday cactus that isn't really a cactus?

    Ask most folks about a plant at Christmas and they’ll mention poinsettias or Christmas trees. Both of those are traditional parts of our holiday celebrations, but neither usually sticks around much past early January.

    If you want a great Christmas plant that will do great year after year, consider what is now called a “holiday cactus.” These natives of the tropical rainforests of Central and South America boast colorful blossoms in shades of pink, red and white at the tips of each arching stem.

  • How to keep your holiday poinsettias healthy and beautiful

    It is that time of year again when most of us have either bought or received a poinsettia for the holidays.

    First, a little history lesson. When Joel Poinsett was ambassador to Mexico in the early 1800s, he saw these beautiful plants and decided to bring them back to the United States. This is how the poinsettia came by its name. This plant is now one of our most endearing holiday decorations and has produced a business into the millions.