Today's News

  • Shallotte says goodbye to town planner Robert Lewis

     SHALLOTTE — The town of Shallotte is saying goodbye to both its police chief and town planner at the end of June.

    Police Chief Rodney Gause is retiring, while Robert Lewis, who has served as Shallotte’s town planner for almost four years, is heading back to Columbus County to be Whiteville’s new director of planning.

    Lewis served as Columbus County planner and Elizabethtown planner in Bladen County before coming to Shallotte in September 2013.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    It's spooky, romantic, swaying, and quintessentially southern: Spanish moss is a plant shrouded in mystery. What follows is Spanish Moss 101, a brief course on this fascinating epiphyte. (Don’t worry, there won’t be a quiz.)

  • Brunswick County band director of 30 years to retire, reflects on career

    ASH— “You’re the Mr. Holland to our opus.”

    That’s how one former student thanked Craig Morris, band director at Waccamaw School since 2003.

    Having been in Brunswick County Schools for 30 years, his career began in 1982 in Tyrrell County, where he taught for five years. It was there he met his wife of 31 years, Joan.

    “Up there I was Mr. Music for the whole county, from kindergarten through 12th grade,” he said.

  • How do you react when things don’t go your way?


    By Linda Arnold


    “I can’t believe he hasn’t called me back yet.” “The construction guy said he’d be here today.” “When will these terrible twos end?”

    From traffic jams to family squabbles to lines at the grocery checkout, we’re faced with curveballs every day. And it’s not what happens to us in our lives; it’s how we deal with what happens that determines how well things flow for us.

  • Kehoes celebrate 60th anniversary

    Don and Sue Kehoe will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary June 16. The couple met after Don’s discharge from the Marines. “It was love at first sight,” he said. Sue was a junior at Adelphi University in Garden City, N.Y., and Don had taken over his father’s business. The next year, she graduated in early June and they were married a week later. The couple has two daughters, a son and seven grandchildren.

  • Health tips for brachycephalic dogs

    I’m a fan of Frenchies, a bulldog, Boston terrier and Boxer buff, a paramour of pugs and Pekes, and admit serious sentiments for Shih-tzus. In addition to my abundant affection, these breeds have in common certain anatomical traits that make them both wonderfully cute and incredibly impaired. Brachycephalics, or “smushed-face dogs,” while extraordinary in appearance, must be cared for carefully to keep them healthy and happy. Here are some of my must-know health tips for brachycephalic dogs.     


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  • District court docket for May 30, 31 and June 1, 2


    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 30, 31 and June 1, 2 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Tuesday, May 30

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Home kitchen inspection

    One of the classes I frequently teach at the N.C. Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County is food safety for food service managers. Restaurant staff who pass the test receive a certificate that they can proudly display in their workplace. It makes me proud and excited when I see these when I visit local restaurants.

  • Adding color to your garden

    Adding annual and perennial color to the garden is one of the most fun and high-impact things we can do in our gardens. And, the choices keep getting better and better as new selections are introduced. 

    I had the opportunity to attend a workshop last week touting the Proven Winners plant collection.  Proven Winners, in familiar white containers, offers a line of annuals, perennials and shrubs.  Many of these selections are adapted to the difficult conditions of southeastern North Carolina. 

  • ‘Manchester by the Sea’: A journey of love, community, sacrifice and hope