Today's News

  • Fisheries strive to rebound after hurricane

    Hurricane Florence caused an estimated $17 billion in damages in North Carolina, including millions to its seafood industry.

    While local seafood vendors say business is gradually starting to swim again, earlier this month Gov. Roy Cooper requested declaration of a federal fishery resources disaster and help with resources and funding from the U.S. Department of Commerce for hard-hit fisheries in his state from the four-day September storm.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, Nov. 21-25

    Released at 12:20 p.m. Nov. 26, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Interfaith prayer vigil Dec. 10 calls for end to gun violence

    Wilmington-area faith communities and grassroots organizations will come together Monday, Dec. 10, for a vigil to pray for an end to gun violence and to remember local victims of that violence. They will meet from 6 to 6:30 p.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, Third and Market streets in Perry Hall, on the Dock Street side of the church.

    The vigil will feature prayers for victims and families, those working to curb gun violence in our community and for the courage to stand together against violence in all its forms.

  • State donors and charities give more in 2017-18

    North Carolinians gave generously over the past year, and most charities and nonprofits receiving those donations used them effectively, according to the N.C. Secretary of State’s Office.

    The 2017-18 North Carolina Secretary of State Charitable Solicitation Licensing Division Annual Report released Nov. 19 states charities and nonprofits licensed by the state collected $45,440,494.45 during the 12-month period recorded.

    That amount exceeds the 2016-17 total when North Carolinians gave about $39.7 million using the same system of measures.

  • Carolina Crud Crusher goes national

    When illness goes around, the Crud Man comes to town.

    That’s the persona Shallotte pharmacist Brad Carter created this year promoting Carolina Crud Crusher, the cough syrup he developed years ago to fight and fend off the symptoms of cold season.

    The debut of Crud Man coincides with the medicine going national this year, with two major wholesalers carrying it and servicing more than 4,000 pharmacies nationwide.

  • You decide: are our taxes fair and our spending effective?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Two topics of interest to most people are taxes and public spending. So whenever I find research focusing on these two areas, especially if they’re applied to North Carolina, I think it’s worthy of mention.

    Two new studies recently came across my desk fitting this profile. One looked at the fairness of state and local taxes for all fifty states and the District of Columbia. The second study examined the effectiveness of K-12 school spending, also in all states and DC.

  • Mark Haselden always ran it out, and I’m thankful he did

    On Nov. 15, liver cancer took my friend Mark Haselden away from us, the day after he entered hospice care. He’d beaten colon cancer before; he fought valiantly right up to the end this time, too. Through all his pain and suffering, he always had a positive attitude and never, ever lost his faith.

    I’m eternally thankful for the gift of his friendship.

  • All need food and shelter, respect and care

    Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week was observed Nov. 10-18 this year, but hunger and homelessness continue to plague too many of our Brunswick County neighbors every day.

    The Brunswick County Homeless Coalition shared information about poverty-related problems and their impact during its seventh annual Hunger and Homeless Banquet:

  • Leland, Belville and Shallotte herald arrival of holiday season with Dec. 1 events

    The Unity Group of North Brunswick and the town of Leland will present the 26th annual North Carolina Christmas Festival and Parade on Saturday, Dec. 1.

    Leland and the Unity Group have combined their holiday activities into an all-day Saturday event including a holiday market, the festival and parade and the annual Christmas tree lighting.

    The new schedule will start with a holiday art market from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way. Admission is free.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Are you looking for a very strange flower? Well, this one’s for you.

    Now the scientific name for this oddball, which comes from Greek, means “hairy flower.” And why not? The six fused petals making up the corolla are white and deeply fringed, sometimes rendering an almost hairy, filmy look to the entire bloom. The effect is quite striking.