Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Here’s my former student, Bill Stangler, standing next to a very tall plant we found growing in great abundance on a big sandbar along our beautiful Congaree River, not too far from Columbia. Now, Bill is the official “RiverKeeper” in Columbia: his very capable outfit does a terrific job in protecting the natural aspects of the three-river complex that dominates our urban center here in the geographic center of South Carolina.

  • Tasty French onion and beef entrée using pizza dough

     In my never-ending quest trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet, I’ve learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better. I’ve tried, although not always successfully, to stop making and eating anything that contains excessive fats or carbs.

    I recently came across an absolutely delicious French onion and beef entre using cumin and caramelized onions, but containing a large amount of fat. How could it be made lighter?

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Sept. 28

    Credit card fraud; someone used the victim’s credit card without authorization to make $4,554.07 in transactions.

    Larceny of $268.89 in baby formula from Walmart on Main Street.

    Sept. 30

    Larceny; someone took a registration plate off a vehicle parked at Comfort Inn on Whiteville Road.

  • Shallotte Senior Center to host fifth annual Seniors Helping Seniors

    Brunswick Senior Resources Inc. (BSRI) will host its fifth annual Seniors Helping Seniors from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9, at Shallotte Senior Center, 3620 Express Drive just off U.S. 17 S.

    The free event will include a day of music, entertainment, games, prizes, giveaways and information along with refreshments and lunch. It offers seniors, their families and caregivers the opportunity to meet with vendors to share information about the services and resources they provide through BSRI and private companies.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Sept. 22

    Amanda Louella Barnhill was arrested on charges of possession of heroin and drug paraphernalia.

    Samod Dwight Chandler was arrested on charges of possession of a firearm by a felon, possession of a concealed weapon, driving while license revoked and open container after a vehicle stop on U.S. 74 East at the U.S. 17 South exit ramp.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

    Early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30, the Senate adjourned after a long and successful session. During this session, the Senate passed crucial legislation that will foster growth and success for the future of our state. We have cut millions in taxes for North Carolina families and small businesses, remodeled our inefficient and ineffective Medicaid program, and increased funding for public education. Here are some more highlights of our accomplishments this session:

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives, we passed some major bills concerning the bond issue, farm issues, banning sale of aborted baby body parts, judicial elections and sanctuary cities; we were in session around the clock Sept. 29-30; and we adjourned the 2015 session early Wednesday morning, Sept. 30.

  • Is another recession around the corner?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Much of the economic news has been rather gloomy recently. There have been wild swings in the stock market, with multi-hundred point losses on some days. The Chinese economy may be in freefall, while Europe is dealing with thousands of refugees from the war-torn Middle East.

  • Weather response deserves kudos

    By all accounts, the rainfall that soaked Brunswick County as a result of Hurricane Joaquin and the storm system following it constituted a historic event, the likes of which we have not seen in decades. While the hurricane never made landfall, it was the first part of a one-two punch of precipitation that left many residents along our coast and farther inland temporarily trapped in their homes and caused flood damage as though the hurricane had blown through the area.

  • Help me help you help us

    Every week, without fail, I get dozens of emails that start out, “Can you publish this in your next edition?”
    More often than not, the answer is yes — if the email gets to me, and gets to me in time.
    If the email doesn’t get to me in time, the answer isn’t as certain. And any time my answer is no, it disappoints me as much as it does the senders. One “no” is one too many, but I’m even more beholden to deadlines than they are.