Today's News

  • Red Cross needs winter blood donations

    Following several rounds of severe winter weather in many parts of the country, the American Red Cross urges eligible blood and platelet donors to help restock its shelves to overcome a shortage.

    Since Dec. 1, about 300 blood drives across 27 states have been forced to cancel because of inclement winter weather, resulting in more than 10,500 blood and platelet donations going uncollected. Despite the weather, hospital patients still rely on transfusions.

  • Greenway, bike and paddle trail plan open house set for Monday

    The Brunswick County Planning Department will host an open house for comments on the Brunswick County Greenway, Bikeway, & Paddle Trail Plan final draft Jan. 30.

    The planning department has sought residents’ interest in biking, walking, kayaking, wildlife and preserving natural resources to help with creating plans for walking trails, bike routes, paddle trails and resource preservation.

  • Support those who serve and protect

    While a man is dead and the officer who used fatal force against him continues to recover, our community can take comfort in knowing the Dec. 9 shooting in Leland was handled in the best way possible under the circumstances.

    Leland police Officer Jacob Schwenk and Brent Quinn, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times during their confrontation on Bridgeport Way.

  • District court docket for Jan. 9, 10, 11 and 12

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 9, 10, 11 and 12 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 Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Monday, Jan. 9

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Samantha Wescott:

  • Anxiety may give dogs gray hair
  • Healthful savings at the grocery store

     I don’t have to tell you the price of eating is over the top. I swear, prices of some of my frequently purchased items at the grocery store are going up on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. Last week in this column, I offered some ideas on how to make some healthy changes to that grocery cart, but you may be thinking you can’t afford to eat healthy.

  • Addressing cold weather plant damage

     It’s been a couple of weeks now since the winter blast that sent the temperatures plunging into the teens. From what I’ve seen at the New Hanover County Arboretum and at my humble abode, the usual suspects — oleanders and sago palms — got fried. While that was no surprise, the level of flower damage on pansies and violas was a bit worse than I expected. And, my poor ornamental beets look like they may have gone to the great compost heap in the sky.

  • Flythes celebrate 50th anniversary

     Dr. William and Beatrice Flythe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 30, 2016, at the Southport Community Building with almost 70 family members and friends. The couple met at Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 1963. They were married Dec. 23, 1966.

  • Southport sailor Harris continues 75 years of Seabee tradition

    By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver

    Navy Office of Community Outreach

         “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the Seabees for the past 75 years. Southport native and South Brunswick High School graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Harris, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

  • Approval addiction: Getting validation from within

      “We live in an approval-addicted society.”


    By Linda Arnold


    Do you worry too much about what other people think? 

    Before you make a decision, do you run multiple scenarios through your head — to gauge how others will react?

    Is your happiness dependent on others liking and approving of you?