Today's News

  • 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.

  • Sapp Rising! concert comes to aid of auditorium manager

    For nearly 23 years, Mike Sapp has quietly served as manager of Odell Williamson Auditorium, lining up an annual concert series, special events and assorted name-drop-worthy artists like Willie Nelson.

    For all the spotlights surrounding him, Sapp has always preferred to remain behind the scenes for these ongoing stage acts regularly entertaining local audiences at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    But a special concert lined up this Sunday will be a little different.

  • Big Daddy Weave brings 'My Story" to Brunswick County on Oct. 10

    Big Daddy Weave, one of Christian music’s biggest headlining artists, is making a return visit to Brunswick County this Saturday night, Oct. 10.

    The gospel-hit band is bringing its “My Story Tour” to the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10.

  • Pelicans paint pumpkins to profit Paws-Ability

    “Pick A Pumpkin for Paws-Ability” is officially under way at Pelican’s SnoBalls.

    On Oct. 1, the flavored shaved-ice treat stand, which opened in April at 5460 S. Main St. in Shallotte, started selling an array of festively decorated pumpkins decorated by members of the Myrtle Beach, S.C., Pelicans baseball team

    One hundred percent of sales of the Pelicans “celebrity pumpkins” will be donated to Paws-Ability, a nonprofit group that provides funding and support for homeless animals and animal issues exclusively in Brunswick County.

  • Greenlands Farm gearing up for Fall Festival on Oct. 10

    Rural recreation will take over the barnyard this Saturday at Greenlands Farm, which has scheduled its fourth annual Fall Festival.

    The popular farm and store at 668 Midway Road in Bolivia will celebrate the season from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10 with an array of children’s activities, live music, pony and llama cart rides, hayrides and milking demonstrations.

    Once again, there will be a hot pepper contest as well as chicken-poo bingo, set up on a special farmyard grid.

  • Calabash Fire Department September 2015

    Calabash Fire Department

    During September, the Calabash Fire Department responded to 151 calls: one structure fire, eight motor vehicle accidents, one rescue, 12 public assistance calls, two other, and 127 EMS first-responder calls.

  • South vs. West football game is Saturday

    South Brunswick Athletics Director Chris Roehner said Tuesday the South at West football game has been rescheduled for 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at West.