Today's News

  • What is this Mystery Plant?

    We’ve had a couple of ferns as Mystery Plants before, and it’s time for another one. Just as a reminder, here are a few notes on ferns:

    There are about 10,000 species of ferns found all around the world now. This number is actually quite a reduction from the number of species that had evolved by the middle of what we call the “Carboniferous Period,” some 300 million years ago. At that time, ferns were truly extraordinary plants, and many species were large trees, quite different from the situation now.

  • Being too nice can hurt you

    By Linda Arnold

    We all want to be nice, right? Isn’t that a good trait?

    Well, yes. Except when being “too nice” can actually hurt you more than it helps.

    Listen up, all you people pleasers, of course you want people to like you. We all do. When you give up yourself, though, to morph into other peoples’ expectations, that’s when you enter the danger zone.

    You may have done it so much that you live your life on autopilot. And you’ve lost your connection to your self.

  • Wisdom living involves growing pains

    Last week, I wrote about doing time with a promise of another aspect of becoming wise and wonder-filled. This involves the inevitability of growing pains.

    Fr. James Martin labels it “praying in times of division” and mentions that those dividing moments are more than today’s dilemma. They have been part and parcel of becoming church since the days when the apostles tried to spread the news of resurrection from death into life.

  • Fourth of July fright for pets

    Happy Fourth of July! While I hate to rain on your parade (or fireworks celebration), this noisy holiday can prove particularly problematic for many pets.

  • July is National Picnic Month

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    There will be lots of picnics this weekend and throughout the month of July, which just happens to be National Picnic Month. Summer holidays give families a break from school and work, but don’t let it also be a break from being smart about food safety. More care is needed since foodborne illnesses increase during the summer. Keep your picnics healthy and safe by remembering the following tips.

  • Calabash Artisan Guild First Friday Art Show and Sale

    The Calabash Artisan Guild First Friday Art Show and Sale is scheduled Friday July 5, from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Atlantic Woodworks, 262B Koolabrew Drive in Calabash. 

    All handmade local arts are available including watercolors, aprons, jewelry, ceramics, upcycled clothing, wood, quilts, planters, photography, furniture and birdhouses. 

  • Brunswick County municipal election filings start Friday

    The candidate filing period for 2019 municipal elections in Brunswick County launches at noon Friday, July 5, and ends at noon, Friday, July 19, at the Brunswick County Board of Elections office in Building H at 75 Stamp Act Drive in the Brunswick County Complex in Bolivia.

    All of the county’s 19 municipalities have town board seats up for grabs or renewal for this year’s Nov. 5 elections, including mayoral seats.

  • OIB property owners seek canal, Jinks Creek dredging study

    Property owners living on Asheville Street have asked the Ocean Isle Beach town board to assist with dredging. Their petition was presented to the board during its June 11 meeting.


    Ocean Isle Beach property owners seek canal dredging

    By Sharon Chance

    Staff Writer

    On behalf of nine Asheville Street property owners, Mike Allocco asked the Ocean Isle Beach Town Board to “reconsider the dredging project that was deferred/denied in 2007.”

  • Farmers market vendors conspire to celebrate Ash couple's birthdays

    It was meant to be a birthday surprise for a well-loved couple with two families.

    Their biological family, consisting of a daughter and two grandchildren, and their acquired family, consisting of vendors of the Market on Mulberry (formerly Shallotte Farmers Market), had conspired behind their backs to surprise Barbara and Gerald Muckenfuss with a special birthday celebration Saturday, June 22, at the market.

  • Farm Bureau donates $1,000 to the local Charters of Freedom campaign

    Brunswick County Farm Bureau has presented a gift of $1,000 to the local campaign to bring the Charters of Freedom to Brunswick County.

    Commissioner Pat Sykes has chaired efforts to build a permanent memorial displaying the historical documents outlining the foundations of our country’s democracy – the Declaration of Independence, the Constitution and the Bill of Rights – to rest in Bolivia. These three documents are often referred to as the Charters of Freedom.