Today's News

  • Proper recognition due for Ruth Mincey

    By Sue Edwards

    Guest Columnist

    Ruth Mincey celebrated her 90th birthday this past January. In 1986, she and her husband were two of the original founders of Bonaparte Baptist Church. She serves as treasurer and secretary of the church, tirelessly performing duties that so often go unrecognized and many times are simply thought of as being just something else “Ruth will handle.” This is an attempt to properly give her recognition.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Editor’s note: The representative’s legislative updates will continue to be published for the duration of the General Assembly’s short session, which has been extended beyond its expected July 1 conclusion.


  • Schools operations staff holds annual conference

     BOLIVIA — While at times the Brunswick County superintendent and board of education garner much of the attention in the school system, they’d be the first to tell you the operations staff makes the whole school system work.

    The district’s primary goal is to prepare college and career-ready students, but the goal can’t be achieved without clean schools, healthy meals, safe bus rides and much-needed maintenance.

  • STEM camps provides unique opportunity at local school

     CALABASH — An elementary school class filled with summer campers may evolve into a room full of inventors by summer’s end.

    Through Communities In Schools, Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is hosting Camp Invention, a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) camp for five weeks this summer.

    Robin Russ and Cathy Milligan are teaching the class, which is coordinated by Communities In Schools site coordinator Amber Malave.

  • Former sheriff involved in struggle before death

     Former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett died in the New Hanover County jail about Saturday afternoon, July 12, following a physical altercation with jailers, New Hanover County Sheriff Ed McMahon said.

    Hewett, 51, was arrested Wednesday, July 9, on a possession of a firearm by a felon charge, according to a news release from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He was in custody at the New Hanover County jail after an initial appearance in federal court in Wilmington on Thursday, July 10.

  • Nuts for nutrition

     Long maligned for being too high in fat and calories to fit into a healthy diet, nuts are emerging as the health food of the year. This is thanks in part to research pointing to consumption of nuts being associated with better health, lower weight and decreased risk of early death.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Let’s go to the movies.

    Everybody will know this plant as “The Sound of Music’s” ticket to five Academy Awards, the plant that Maria and the Von Trapp Family were so crazy about. Not only for them, but it was also the favorite flower of Emperor Franz Josef of Austria, Germany’s Kaiser Wilhelm, and Ludwig II, who built those fairy-tale castles in Bavaria.

  • Browning your meat is essential for a great French stew

     All chefs learn about it early in their training; they also know it as the browning reaction.

    If you are planning to make a full-flavored French stew, known as either beef bourguignon or beef in burgundy, your first instructions are to brown the meat, a messy and time-consuming step. You may choose to ignore this step and just dump the raw beef chunks into the stewing liquid. This shortcut may save you time, but the flavors enhanced by the browning reaction will never be activated. Your great French stew will likely taste flat and lifeless.


  • Sloups celebrate 50th anniversary

     William Charles Sloup Jr. and Margot Stanton Sloup of Southport are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary with their family. They were married July 11, 1964, in Elyria, Ohio. The couple has two sons and a granddaughter. 

  • Alec Boyd Marmura baptism

     St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte welcomes Alec Boyd Marmura, who was baptized July 4. From left are William H. Marmura, Stacey B. Marmura, Michael J. Marmura, Father Ryszard Kolodziej and Janet R. Marmura. Tina D. and Matthew T. Marmura are godparents.