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Today's News

  • For most Southern folks, Brunswick stew is pure comfort

    I remember reading somewhere about men being from Mars and women from Venus. If we are talking about the eating department, that could be true. When it comes to comfort foods, most men prefer hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no preparation.

    Most of us men find comfort in foods associated with meals prepared by our mothers, such as mashed potatoes, pasta, meat and soup, rather than snacks and sweets … except for ice cream! But what is comfort for men is just work for women.

  • Eating to lower cholesterol

    For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  • Retrieving information from your brain

    By Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    Earlier this month, I showed you how concept mapping can be a great tool to MOVE (meaningful, organized, visual, elaborative) information from the fragile working memory to the more rugged long-term memory. Now it’s time to practice the R in MOVE(R): Retrieving it!

  • County approves additional $92,000 to hire contractor for Waccamaw Park renovation

    Brunswick County commissioners agreed to increase costs and cut back on some amenities to start the renovations of Waccamaw Park.

    At the Sept. 15 county meeting, the board approved awarding the Waccamaw Park construction bid to L.M. McLamb Construction of Calabash.

    Jim Pryor, Director of Parks & Recreation told the board it took two rounds of the formal bid process to select a contractor.

    The first bid opening was to be held on July 1, but only two bids were received.

  • Willoughbys club and big red food truck stand out in Leland

    The big red food truck parked along Ocean Highway between Magnolia Greens and Brunswick Forest is something new to the Leland scenery.

    Willoughbys, the recently opened restaurant and bar, is something new as well.

    Owner Tom Miller wanted to build an oasis that brings different types of food and entertainment to the town.

    “My wife said the house is paid off, the kids went to college. Go ahead and do it,” Miller said.

  • Ocean Isle Beach selects new attorney

    Ocean Isle Beach Mayor Debbie Smith presented a special recognition to the town’s long serving attorney, Elva Jess, at her final town meeting Sept. 9.

    Jess accepted a job with Brunswick County, serving as the Department of Social Services attorney.

    The town’s search for a new attorney did not need to range far and wide as Jess’ former partner, Mike Isenberg of Isenberg and Thompson, Attorneys at Law, was approved by the board members to replace her.

  • Holden Beach approves town funds to expedite Bridgeview park

    HOLDEN BEACH–Holden Beach officials agreed to fund part of a list of amenities at Bridgeview Park after learning they did not receive grant funding for the project.

    Town Manager David Hewett told commissioners at the Sept. 9 meeting the Parks and Recreation Trust Fund (PARTF) application for the park under the water tower across Rothschild Street from the town hall was not approved.

    In 2013, officials approved a park to include amenities at a cost between $138,000-$163,600.

  • November election first for new elections director

    Sara Knotts isn’t on any ballot, but she will be all over the November election as Brunswick County’s board of elections director.

    Former Director Greg Bellamy retired July 31, leaving Knotts to take over in early August.

    Knotts was named to the lead role after more than eight years in the elections office. She has worked as deputy director since 2006.

  • General election absentee voting has already begun

    Mid-September isn’t typically thought of as election season, but the polls are open – so to speak.

    Absentee ballots became available Sept. 12, 60 days prior to election day, Nov. 4.

    Brunswick County Director of Elections Sara Knotts said by Monday 112 ballots had already been requested and mailed.

    “Absentee ballots will pick up. It starts sixty days before the election so people are not in election mode,” Knotts said.

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for Aug. 1 – 31, 2014.

    Total number of Events: 244

    911 hang up/open line: 7

    No event type specified: 2

    Alarm activation: 10

    Animal complaint: 16

    Arrest: 1

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 10

    Attempt to locate-ATL: 23

    Business check: 51

    Disturbance/fight: 9

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    EMS/Medical call: 18

    Fire call: 2

    Fireworks: 1

    Found property: 4