Today's News

  • Artists featured at Calabash gallery

    The works of Nora Mackin of Pawleys Island and Betty Morrell of Myrtle Beach, S.C., are being featured at Jewelry by Wendy-Beach House Fine Arts in Calabash. Makin, a member of the Seacoast Artist Guild, works with watercolor, oil and acrylics. Morrell paints with watercolor and oil.

  • Students county extension staff go to state 4-H Congress in Raleigh

    More than 560 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina Cooperative Extension staff attended the 4-H Congress in Raleigh July 16-19.
    Attending full-time were Brunswick County 4-H youth Angelique and Alexis Apple, Sammi Lawrence, Bryan and Justin Simmons, Andrew Walton, Garrett Williams and Amber Yurgel. Many of the youth attended with assistance from a BEMC grant, used to assist 4-H Teens in Leadership Training, a committee from Brunswick County 4-H’s Teen Council.

  • ‘Apple Gals’ and pals pick pears

    When the Tinker Divas and Hickmans Crossroads 4-H club members found out that Brunswick Family Assistance needed helpers to pick pears to share at the food bank, they jumped at the opportunity to “make the best better.”

  • Old McDonald's put out to pasture to make way for new one

    An old McDonald’s will soon become new.

    The McDonald’s at U.S. 17 and N.C. 904 was shut down at 11 p.m. July 30. It has been demolished to make way for an extensive rebuild.

    “I’m so excited about the new one,” said Judy Hill, supervisor for the 22-year-old eatery between Grissettown and Sunset Beach. “We’re going to have more room.”

    Plans call for the new McDonald’s to be more than double the size of the old one, Hill said, with an 80-seat capacity. The old McDonald’s had a 30-seat capacity.

  • Community briefs

    Health department issues food grades
    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the week of July 27-Aug. 2.
    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments on the list with their grades are:

  • Strong opposition leads to accusations of corruption in Ocean Isle Beach

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH— At Tuesday’s monthly meeting Ocean Isle Beach commissioners responded to accusations of corruption and making backroom deals.

    During a public hearing and again during public comment of the commissioners’ meeting, homeowners on Moore Street spoke out about a proposal to modify a zoning ordinance. The proposed change would allow construction on a 47.2-foot lot that was platted and/or modified prior to 2005. Before the unanimous vote to allow the change, requirements called for the lot to be 50 feet.

  • Teen drowns; community mourns his loss

    LONGWOOD—On Sunday afternoon, a swimming adventure turned deadly for one Brunswick County teen.

    According to the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, Ash resident Raqun “Kwanie” Green, 15, was swimming with friends on Sunday, Aug. 12, when he drowned.

    An emergency call was dispatched a couple of minutes after 5 p.m. for a possible drowning in the Longwood area.

  • Preparing Steak Diane at home for a classic show-stopping dish

    Steak Diane was popular back in the ’50s and ’60s at most of the fancy restaurants, but this fabulous dish can easily be made at home.
    I prefer using strip steaks pounded down to about one-half inch thick, if needed. If you prefer, tenderloin also works well.

  • Nap time

    I’m ready for a nap.

    Don’t get me wrong, I love summertime.

    But for many locals, summer means lots and lots of long hours working.

    After struggling to keep my eyes open on deadline day and burning the candle at both ends I stopped at a local coffee shop in Ocean Isle Beach. There owners have a magic elixir that keeps me bouncing on days I fight the sandman—a large iced caramel macchiato.

  • Shallotte Crime Report


    The Shallotte Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests last week. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports. 

    •Kevin Lee Clarida, 26, of 2614 Live Oak Drive, Supply, was charged with possession of ½ ounce of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    •Larceny of a purse and larceny of medication on Main Street; suspect took the victims purse and removed 180 Valium pills.