Today's News

  • Hans chosen president of state Community College System

    The State Board of Community Colleges on May 1 elected Peter Hans, formerly of Southport, as the ninth president of the North Carolina Community College System.

    Following the board meeting, Hans was introduced at a news conference attended by Gov. Roy Cooper, Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger and House Speaker Tim Moore.

  • Carter named to state Environmental Justice and Equity Board

    Veronica Carter of Leland was named to the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality Secretary’s Environmental Justice and Equity Advisory Board during a May 2 ceremony in the agency’s Green Square Lobby.

  • Ash man dies in single-car crash

    An Ash man died in a single-car crash early Wednesday evening.

    George Lee Collins Jr., 59, was driving a silver Dodge Avenger  west on Little Prong Road in Ash about 5:30 p.m. when he lost control, ran off the road, struck a ditch and flipped several times, N.C. State Highway Patrol 1st Sgt. Matthew W. King said in a news release.

    Collins, who was traveling alone, died at the scene. He was not wearing his seat belt.

    Speed is a factor in the crash, King said.

    Trooper T.W. Inman responded to the crash, he said.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 8:22 a.m. May 1, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Reluctant spring challenges gardeners

    April hasn’t felt much like spring so far. We were teased with a couple of days in the 80s that reminded us of

    beaches, sand bar parties, shrimp boiled in beer, guys in really short shorts and girls with big hair. Or, maybe that was just me.

    Regardless of your warm-weather memories, the reluctant spring continues to be a challenge in the garden. Soil temperatures are in the mid-60s, so our lawns, newly-planted flowers and shrubs aren’t doing what they normally do.

  • Eat your daily frog for more productivity

    By Linda Arnold

    Guest Columnist

    Do you have too much on your plate?

    If you’re like a lot of folks, you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed these days. Too much to do and too little time.

    Perhaps never before in human history have there been more possibilities. That’s the good news. The flipside is you may be drowning in options.

    So, how can you get a handle on this?

    The best productivity habit you can ever get into is very simple: Do your worst task first thing in the morning.

  • Imani Children’s Choir at Seaside UMC

    The Seaside United Methodist Church Sanctuary Choir is sponsoring the Imani Children’s Choir’s performance at 7 p.m. June 19 at the church, 1300 Seaside Road SW in Sunset Beach.

    The Imani Children’s Choir is comprised of Uganda’s orphaned and underprivileged children and their concerts are a blend of unique arrangements, original compositions, and praise and worship songs. Expect to experience true Africa showcased through culturally unique music, a variety of dances, and well-crafted drum routines, performed with great passion and high energy.

  • Eeek! There’s a mouse in the house!

    I was at the kitchen counter, happily engaged in meal preparation. Hubby Dear was quietly musing in his favorite chair, allowing his senses to awaken to the fragrances of a nice meal. When, out of the blue and from the corner of my eye, I spied a quick movement and saw a big, fat creature scurry into a tiny corner of the stove. “A mouse!” I shrieked in amazement and dismay.

    H.D. denied my vision. “It’s just a roach … nicely put, a Palmetto bug,” he declared with vehemence. There would be no further discussion of the matter.

  • Adult Spelling Bee set for May 22

    Brunswick County Literacy Council’s 29th annual Adult Spelling Bee will be May 22 at Virginia Williamson Event Center at Brunswick Community College. The silent auction begins at 6 p.m. and spelling begins at 7 p.m. There is no admission fee, and refreshments will be served.

    About 15 teams are expected to participate in the contest. New this year are prizes for best-costumed spellers and best cheering section. Returning to defend their 2016 and 2017 championships are Dr. Dwight Willis and Susan Eggert.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Guest Columnist

    The Bard was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family … I think it’s my favorite family, too.

    The four plants mentioned by Perdita in Shakespeare’s story are aromatic herbs, which we classify as members of the mint family, or Lamiaceae. There are many additional members.