Today's News

  • NC Wildlife Federation sponsors photography contest

    Calling all amateur photographers.

    North Carolina Wildlife Federation is sponsoring its inaugural Wildlife Photography Contest that launched April 1 and continues through June 15.

    Did you catch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis or an osprey diving in the water to catch its meal? How about a memorable sunset vista from the mountains or a picturesque sunrise on the Outer Banks?

    Submit these photos to share with North Carolinians and be one of three winners in our first photography contest.

  • District 17 House Update: From the Legislature by Rep. Frank Iler for 4.11.19

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we exceeded 1,200 bills filed so far, the House passed landmark legislation in education and law enforcement, and the House was digging deeply into the state budget.

    As of Thursday, the House members had filed 590 bills and the Senate had leaped up to 672, a total of 1,262. This may not be a record, but it had seemed as if there would be fewer bills than usual. So, this was a surprise, possibly spurred on by several bill-filing deadlines coming up.

  • Withdrawn rezoning now official in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — A roomful of residents showed up at last Thursday’s town board of commissioners meeting to make sure a developer’s withdrawn rezoning application was official.

    It was.

    In response to citizens’ questions at the start of the April 4 meeting, Town Administrator Jon Mendenhall confirmed developer Bill Scantland of The BTR Communities Group of Lewisville on March 25 had withdrawn his rezoning proposal to build affordable housing next to the CVS drugstore on U.S. 17.

  • Calabash approves permit for 60-unit apartment complex

    CALABASH — Town commissioners have unanimously approved a conditional use permit for a 60-unit apartment complex proposed for construction on the south side of Thomasboro Road at the intersection of Harbor Drive.

    Approval came following a two-and-a-half-hour board hearing last Thursday night that was attended by a roomful of residents.

  • Hop on in to free children’s Easter events Saturday in Calabash and Ocean Isle Beach

    With Easter just down the bunny trail (April 21), two of the first local children’s events are scheduled this Saturday, April 13, in Calabash and Ocean Isle Beach.

    Both events are free and open to the public.

    Calabash Easter egg hunt

    The town of Calabash once again stages its annual Easter egg hunt from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Calabash Community Park at 868 Persimmon Road.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    “Now ‘tis the spring, and weeds are shallow-rooted;

    Suffer them now, and they’ll o’ergrow the garden

    And choke the herbs for want of husbandry.”

    Shakespeare, Henry VI (part 2)

    Watch out for the weeds, both the annuals and the perennials! Even in Shakespeare’s time, as now, gardeners had to be vigilant, getting rid of the interlopers as soon as they appeared. Of course, they didn’t have fancy, expensive herbicides to spray all over the place. (Maybe that’s the way it should be now.)

  • Could you be an online shopaholic?

    By Linda Arnold

    Click. Add to cart. Confirm.

    It’s so easy. Just how do they know what you want?

    Because it’s big business for companies to know everything they can about you. And you leave a trail every time you make a choice.

    They track our every move. What do you read? What kind of car do you drive? What are your favorite brands?

    There’s even a series of books and a movie, “Confessions of a Shopaholic,” that highlight this behavior. 

  • A Second Look: To love means to wait on a hill of hope: a parable of life

    “The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new.”— Dan Millman

    The sounds of shouting and arguing were deafening. It wasn’t the first time those angry noises had resounded in the house. No matter whose stories had been told about loving and sharing and brotherliness, no matter how often the virtues of peacefulness and understanding were described, the two siblings were filled with hostility.

  • Lickety fit for spring!
  • Sunset Beach cites Calabash woman for simple possession April 7, 2019

    The Sunset Beach Police Department issued a state citation on April 7 for Maria Antonia Cortes, 22, of Thomasboro Road, Calabash, on a charge of simple possession of marijuana, according to a department report.