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?

  • When it’s time to speak up, know how to play the game

    I have attended a number of public comment sessions recently and I have come to realize some public comments are better than others.

    No, I do not mean one person’s issue is better or more important than another. Anyone who is passionate about an issue that affects the masses should be encouraged to get up and speak about it to his or her elected officials and representatives.

    But some people know how to present their concerns better than others.

  • Developer sued by Belville countersues for $25M

    Urban Smart Growth, the developer Belville sued for breach of contract in July, responded to the lawsuit by claiming the town owes it $25 million.

    Belville officials filed a lawsuit July 7 against USG, the developer it signed a 2007 agreement with for a potential downtown development on the Brunswick River.

    Belville and USG developer Lance Robbins signed a resolution in 2007 for a 20-year agreement to work together on a master redevelopment plan of large-scale mixed-use development constructed in multiple phases over two decades.

  • Shallotte Masonic Lodge to have fish fry

     The Shallotte Masonic Lodge will host its 21st Annual Fish Fry on Friday, Oct. 9.

    Fish plates will be available at the Shallotte Masonic Lodge, at 5072 Main St. in Shallotte adjacent to Rourk Library.

    The meals, which cost $8 per plate, will be available from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., South Brunswick Shrine Club member Bob Gunter said.

    All proceeds from the event will be used to support the Masonic Home for Children in Oxford, N.C.

  • Brunswick County unemployment drops to 7 percent in August

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate decreased to 7.0 percent after four months of continuous increases.

    After the unemployment rate hit a year low of 6.2 percent for April, the rate rose to 6.9 percent unemployment in May, 7.1 percent in June and 7.2 percent in July.

    Unemployment in Brunswick County has improved from one year ago when the rate for August was 7.4 percent.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

  • 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.

  • Injured teen named West Brunswick homecoming queen

     SHALLOTTE — More than a year has passed since West Brunswick High School senior Selena Utter was seriously injured in a single-vehicle wreck that killed one of her closest friends.

    Since then, Utter has returned to school, picked up archery and spent a lot of her time swimming and hanging out with friends.

    She’s also earned the distinction of West Brunswick High School’s 2015 Homecoming Queen.

  • 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.

  • BCC partners with national organization to improve student success

     Brunswick Community College is reaping the benefits of a $200,000 endowment grant it received in July. Furthermore, the college is working with the Aspen Institute College Excellence Program to help its students obtain high-quality credentials and jobs.

    The Aspen Institute, a national educational and policy studies organization, is partnering with eight North Carolina community colleges, including Brunswick, according to a news release issued by the institute in September.