Today's News

  • Beware of poisonous snakes in North Carolina

    I moved to Brunswick County last year and I have seen more poisonous snakes in the last three weeks than I ever saw the entire time I lived in Raleigh.
    Snakes are seen most often in the spring and fall as they search for food or move to and from hibernation areas. North Carolina snakes, in general, emerge in late March or early April and go into hibernation in October.
    Most land snakes are much more active at night. Most people are bitten while trying to kill or handle a snake. Snakes are often frightened by people and try to move quickly in the opposite direction.

  • Become a food gardener: Grow your favorite vegetables in the fall

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    If excessive heat and drought ruined your summer garden or, like me, prevented you from planting one, now is the time for your second chance.
    Many favorite vegetables can be planted over the next month for harvest throughout the fall and into winter. What’s more, FoodGardener, a new email service from Pender Cooperative Extension, will increase your chances of success by keeping you up to date on when and how to plant as well as how to sustainably manage garden pests.
    Fall Vegetable Gardening

  • Vitamin D: the ‘sunshine’ vitamin

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    If you’ve been to a doctor lately, chances are you’ve had a blood test for vitamin D. In recent years, doctors are routinely asking for this test to determine if you have enough vitamin D in your body.

  • Hungarian paprika adds a distinct flavor and aroma to any dish

    With our weather beginning to cool down into autumn, I start thinking about flavorful and hearty soups that are perfect for this time of the year.
    Hungarian goulash is neither a soup nor a stew but somewhere in between. It’s primarily a beef dish cooked with onions, sweet or pickled peppers and paprika. In some recipes, potatoes or noodles are added.

  • Pyrate Masquerade benefits museum

    Instead of plundering, pirates will gather to raise money for the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport during the annual Pyrate Masquerade on Friday, Oct. 14.
    Sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, the event will feature a dinner buffet, dancing, raffles and revelry from 6-10 p.m. at the Southport Community Building.

  • CROP Walk fights hunger

    Ruth Ann Grothe of Calabash is on a mission to make the 2011 Shallotte/South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk better than last year’s event.
    A year ago, the event surpassed its goals for raising friends and funds in the fight against hunger, with more than 125 walkers topping the $10,000 goal by nearly $700 dollars. One elementary school student, Powell Palmer of Shallotte, raised $1,500 of that total, according to Grothe.

  • Bottoms up! The moon hangs out with the king

    “Bottoms up” this time of year might cause a person to think about an October fest party and tippin’ back your favorite brew. And this time of year a person may also consider an astronomical bottom, which is just as nice as an ice-cold brew.
    The moon seems extra bright this time of year, and as a bonus, you can view the king of the planets right next to it this week.

  • Golf tournaments

    The 21st annual Brunswick County Literacy Council Golf Tournament begins at 9 a.m. Oct. 22 at Carolina National Golf Club. The entry fee is $75 per player and covers continental breakfast, lunch and beverages.
    There will three team prizes for each of the two flights. There also is a hole-in-one contest. The tourney also includes the Emergency Services Tournament with the Challenge Cup at stake. For more information, call (910) 754-7323. The registration form is at bcliteracy.org.

  • Carolina Shores Niners Rally for the Cure

    The Carolina Shores Niners had a Carolina blue sky day for their Komen for the Cure Rally and Luncheon on Oct. 6. The tournament and luncheon raised money for breast cancer awareness and cancer research. It was open to all women golfers.
    Twenty-eight women attended the luncheon in the Carolina Shores Pro Shop provided by Joy Matheny and her staff. The raffle sold $876 worth of tickets with $438 going to the Komen Foundation and $219 going to each of the winners: Rose Mary Jones of Carolina Shores and Rod Riedel of Concord, Mass.

  • Man charged with breaking and entering

    A Vermont man has been charged with breaking and entering after someone broke into a house on the Sunset Beach island.

    John J. Ennis, 20, was charged after a man broke into a house on Second Street and began staying there, Sunset Beach Deputy Chief Steve Smith said. Ennis was also charged with possession of a stolen vehicle from Vermont in the incident reported Oct. 5.

    In another case reported Sept. 26, an Ocean Isle Beach man told police money had been taken from his account at a Sunset Beach bank.