Today's News

  • Highlights, recommendations from the ‘best week ever’


  • Area road construction demands patience

    By the end of this week, motorists in Brunswick County will have endured another inconvenient summer road closure because of a North Carolina Department of Transportation project.

  • Calabash celebrates Town Hall Day on July 31

    Forty-two years ago, the first board of commissioners of the newly incorporated town of Calabash sat down and commenced with the Seafood Capital’s first town meeting.

    The date was July 28, 1973.

    Forty-two years later, the town of Calabash has grown, changed and is still going strong. It’s transformed from a small fishing village with a handful of seafood restaurants to a less-small town with a year-round population of 1,831 residents and more than 30 restaurants serving people from all over the world.

  • BLT's 'Shrek' continues through Aug. 2

    What happens when an unlikely hero who happens to be an ogre falls in love with a princess, who also happens to be an ogre? It’s “Shrek the Musical,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s summer show.

  • Half Hell Folk Music Festival brews Aug. 1 at Greenlands Farm

    Since its 2011 debut in the rural reaches of Brunswick County, Greenlands Farm has cultivated a sense of community in addition to country commerce.

    The latest seasonal, creative endeavor of the Bolivia-based farm and store is coming up the first day of August this Saturday as the Half Hell Folk Music Festival and “tap takeover” unfold from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the family-owned farm at 668 Midway Road.

  • The Embers, Craig Woolard heat up summer concert stages Aug. 2 and 7

    Summer concert stages will warm up in coming days as musical legends The Embers with Craig Woolard team up to entertain at two locales.

    The renowned beach music entities will perform in tandem at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2, at the end of Jordan Boulevard in Holden Beach and again at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 7, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Embers have solidified their position as a thriving musical entity leaving their mark on listeners for decades.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department July 21-26 2015

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 21

    James Carter Hendricks, 38, of 6388 Pigott Ave., Ocean Isle Beach, charged with DWI

    July 22

    Larceny of an enclosed trailer on High Market Street.

    Jeremy Marlin Ludwig, 20, of 1121 First St. in Nitro, W.Va., charged with simple assault and assault on a female.

    July 26

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 13, 14, 15and 16 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, July 13

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kristin Cranfill:

  • Busting a couple of gardening myths

     My progression into a card-carrying curmudgeon is coming along nicely. You can watch those inane situation comedies with their laugh tracks, reality shows featuring fake people with fake body parts and talent competitions (shouldn’t it just be “America Has Talent?”) when you pry the remote from my cold, dead fingers. No, give me a show about history, war, how something is made or figuring out if something is fact or widely believed fiction any day.

  • More about that deadly toxin, botulism

     In this column several weeks ago, I wrote about a woman who died from botulism toxin after attending a church potluck dinner. She had eaten potato salad made with improperly home-canned potatoes. Everyone seems to know about botulism in canned foods, but there are some other sources of this deadly toxin.

    Before I get into that, here’s a little more background information.