Today's News

  • Is there too much chaos in your life?


    By Linda Arnold


    If you feel like your life is on autopilot, spinning out of control, you’re not alone.

    Juggling all those demands on your platter, coupled with information overload in our warp-speed society, can make you feel like you’re a pinball machine on “tilt.”

  • Leaf-footed bugs: a mid-season pest for vegetables

    By Sam Marshall


    Have you ever noticed a small, orange-and-black critter congregating on your summer vegetable plants? Similarly, have you encountered a larger one that appears to be wearing bell-bottom pants? A common mid-season pest, leaf-footed bugs are nuisance pests on many fruit and vegetable crops, as well as nut trees and some ornamental plants. And as the summer wears on, they will become more problematic, so act now to avoid damage to your summer vegetables.


  • Ahhhh … I remember it well: Thoughts for Memorial Day


    Memories are strange and wonderful things. Strangely, they lure us into a past replete with all the vagaries of youth, all the remembrances of antics experienced and relished or, perhaps, yet laden with regret. Memory lane is not always a return to the good, ole days. Yet, it is a road we all travel, sometimes mindlessly. It is a trip we seem unable to refuse and one we replay with hope that all errors will be corrected. Mistakes will not be repeated.

  • Twelve-year-old reels in nice catch

     Twelve-year-old Pierce Latta of Charlotte caught a 4.41-pound Pompano at Ocean Isle Beach in surf April 15 while on vacation with his family and friend, Ben.

  • Tortilla soup, like most Mexican food, is never short on flavor

    What’s not to love about authentic Mexican cuisine? From tacos, to empanadas, to enchiladas, to soups and tamales, I find it hard to choose a favorite.

    Most Mexican dishes include a generous helping of a serious red or green sauce, made from rich moles, pico de gallo or various salsas. Mexican food is never short on flavor. Tacos, burritos, enchiladas and the rest of the Mexican standards often rely on beef, which in Mexico is usually shredded rather than ground.

  • Hands Across the Sand held on county beaches

    Hands Across the Sand events in Oak Island (pictured), Ocean Isle Beach and Sunset Beach took place at noon Saturday, May 21. Sponsored by Oceana, Hands Across the Sand is meant to send a clear message to protect our coast from offshore drilling and seismic airgun blasting.

  • Members of Brunswick Environmental Action Team stand ready to perform important work throughout our county

    By Richard Hilderman

    Guest Columnist

    Humans are the trustees of the earth and the ocean. We depend on a natural environmental system as a food source and for protection from severe weather events. The same is true for the animals and plants with which we share our environment. North Carolina has more than 2 million acres of estuaries along the coast, which include salt marshes, sounds and beaches. These estuaries are vital for Brunswick County’s tourism and fisheries industries in addition to providing weather protection.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week was an unusual week in the North Carolina House of Representatives. We worked into the night on the state budget, we passed bills concerning juvenile justice and shared medical expenses, and I was able to attend an important event two states away.

    This column is being written on a beautiful Saturday morning in north Georgia, just outside Atlanta. I will explain near the end.

  • Holiday starts our tourist, heavy traffic season

    Tourist season is nearly upon us once more, unofficially kicking off with the Memorial Day holiday weekend. That means we’ll be seeing a lot more traffic on Brunswick County roads through the unofficial end of the season, Labor Day weekend in early September. AAA reported the top five driving destinations in the Carolinas are, in order, Myrtle Beach, S.C., Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington and Greenville, S.C.

  • County still suffers under sales tax bill

    As the General Assembly continues work to craft a 2017-18 fiscal year budget, its members are considering whether to change the way sales taxes are distributed — again.

    It seems some lawmakers have pitched various incarnations of essentially the same legislation for the past three years in a row.