Today's News

  • Recycling makes sense for ecology, economy

    This Earth Day, which was observed Sunday, April 22, focused on reducing plastic pollution. Data provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality show North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every 3.9 seconds.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    A highlight of last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was

    a meeting of a work group of the House Select Committee on School Safety. The School Physical Safety Work Group met April 17 to work on immediate solutions to make our schools as safe as possible. The other work group is working on long-term solutions such as psychologists and counselors.

  • Don’t fall for the quick fix

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    Spring cleaning sometimes leads to spring home repairs. Updating or fixing your home can be stressful. There are many decisions to make and, of course, you want to make sure that any work done on your home is done well and lasts.

  • Holden Beach Beautification Club plant sale April 27-28

    The Holden Beach Beautification Club is having its seventh annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at the Emergency Operations Center at 1044 Sabbath Home Road near Food Lion.

    There will be a great variety of landscaping plants, perennials and annuals as well as gardening gloves available for purchase (cash and checks only).

    All proceeds go toward the continual landscaping of Holden Beach as well as the entrance to the bridge. For more information, call Pat Schwaiger at (910) 846-3129. 

  • Notable scores, highlights from area golf leagues

     Results of recent events submitted by area golf leagues



  • ‘Cold, wet, windy’ doesn’t stop OIB’s Cari Van Winkle at fourth Boston Marathon

    When it rained, it poured cold, windy and tortuous at this year’s Boston Marathon.

    But even in harsh weather conditions Cari Van Winkle was unstoppable.

    The 36-year-old Ocean Isle Beach resident finished her fourth marathon last Monday, April 16, in three hours, 39 minutes and 10 seconds, according to results posted on the 122nd Boston Marathon website.

  • A pleasantly surprising start for the 2018 Atlanta Braves

     Could it be?

    Are the Atlanta Braves actually good? Is it too early to tell? Should I just ride out this heater and enjoy it while I can?

    My beloved Braves are off to a great start through the season’s first 20 games.

    “We’ve” only lost one series so far and on the heels of taking two of three games from the first-place Mets.

    Let’s take a run through the lineup and see what’s gone well to this point.

    We’ll start with the outfield.

  • Calabash questions fire fees

    CALABASH — Town officials brought questions about fire fees and emergency response calls to an informal meeting last week with Brunswick County Emergency Services director Brian Watts.

    Preliminary estimated numbers outlined by Watts on a worksheet at the April 17 meeting show a proposed 14 percent fire fee increase for the Calabash Fire Department for the next fiscal year 2018-2019, even though the department has not requested any increase.

  • Poulin leads Trojans to 11-4 win over Laney

    Senior Ana Poulin scored four goals and dished out three assists as West Brunswick defeated Laney 11-4 in a varsity women’s lacrosse game on April 17 in Shallotte.

    The Trojans held a four-goal halftime lead and extended the advantage in the second half to complete the regular-season sweep of the Buccaneers.

    Sophomore Cecelia Vergara four goals and had an assist, while junior Gwenna Gentle added a pair of goals and three assists in the victory.

  • One-run wins push Trojans’ winning streak to 15 games

     West Brunswick’s varsity softball team lost a 3-2 contest to Ashley in early March and hasn’t lost since then.

    The Trojans (16-1, 9-1) earned a pair of victories by one run last week to extend their winning streak to 15 games, which is three games shy of matching last year’s school record of 18 consecutive victories.