Today's News

  • Brunswick Intercultural Festival is Sept. 8 at BCC

    How would you like to travel the world without ever leaving Brunswick County? Join in celebrating diversity and cultural education at the ninth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. It will take place from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 8, in front of the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • Get outside and catch the gardening bug

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    Each year new people get the gardening bug. Maybe it’s the do-it-yourself movement or economics. No matter, it’s worth a try even if some disappointments are to be expected by even the most experienced gardeners.
    If this is your year to dip your toe into freshly tilled soil, go for it. If your non-gardening friends try to discourage you, ask them the following questions:

  • Community briefs

    Brunswick Family Assistance names new interim director
    SHALLOTTE—Brunswick Family Assistance has selected Fred Stephens as its interim executive director.
    Stephens has served as BFA board secretary for the past two-and-a-half years. As a member of the planning committee, he helped develop BFA’s new strategic plan. He has also volunteered his time and services for numerous programs.
    Stephens replaces former BFA executive director Carol Phelps.

  • Controlled burn helps pitcher plants flourish

    Myrtle Head Savanna is small–just 72 acres–but it is home to a number of rare plants.
    One of the most charismatic is the pitcher plant (Sarracenia). Three varieties of the carnivorous plant are found in the Brunswick County preserve, which is why the North American Sarracenia Conservancy financed a recent controlled burn there.

  • Master Gardeners to offer horticulture classes

    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents beginning Sept. 10 for six consecutive Mondays at the Bolivia Government Center Extension Services Training Center in Bolivia.
    The class, which runs from 9-11:30 a.m., will provide the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in the coastal plain of the Carolinas. Shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class, it contains less science and more “how to” content.

  • Sneaky zucchini mysteriously appear at night

    By Cheryle Syracuse

  • Champion barrel racer competes in Worlds

    ASH—A little girl’s dream turned into a lifelong passion with a five-time path to the barrel racing Youth World Championships.

    Jesse McLamb, 19, never thought twice about it when her mother picked her up from Waccamaw Elementary School on horseback with her horse in tow. She simply climbed in the saddle and rode Shadow home.

    Later in high school, she was known as the “Rodeo Queen” and would often be greeted by “Hey, Cowgirl,” as she walked down the halls of West Brunswick.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Aug. 9
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Shallotte fireman charged with DWI


    SHALLOTTE—A local fireman was charged with DWI on Monday, July 30.

    According to Highway Patrol Sgt. C.K. Parks, Richard “Rick” Paul Savage, deputy chief of the Shallotte Fire Department, was stopped on N.C. 179 near Ocean Isle Beach around 11:18 p.m. Savage, 53, was stopped after a “trooper observed him run off the road.”

    When the trooper approached the vehicle, Savage was chewing gum and there was a “strong odor of alcohol. He was mush mouth (slurred) speech and very nervous.”

  • County to spend nearly $1 million on merit based raises

    BOLIVIA—Payday just got bigger for county employees.

    On Monday evening, the board of commissioners approved a 2 percent merit-based raise for county employees.

    The fiscal year budget for 2012-2013, which went into effect July 1, doesn’t include an appropriation for employee raises, but at the July 16 meeting commissioners asked staff to look into ways to implement raises.

    “We keep coming back to a plan that was used in the past,” said Marty Lawing, county manager.