Today's News

  • A centipede case study in science-based solution

    Our society seems to be seriously polarized these days. People on both sides have strongly-held opinions that aren’t easily swayed by facts or logic. But, even those with a casual knowledge of history know it has always been that way. We don’t have duels with pistols anymore; we just trash those we disagree with on social media. 

    You didn’t come here to get philosophical comments about the ills of our society, but there are parallels in the gardening world. A recent experience helping a friend with a centipede lawn bears this out.

  • Carolina Shores woman wants motorists to slow down

    CAROLINA SHORES — Alicia Babcock has just two words for motorists going over the speed limit in her neighborhood: Slow down.

    The Village at Calabash resident says there have always been motorists exceeding the neighborhood speed limit of 25 mph, but in the past year it’s gotten even worse.

    Last summer, two neighborhood pond ducks were killed by a speeding car, Babcock said.

  • Business owners convey concerns in Sunset Beach

    SUNSET BEACH — Town business owners outlined concerns about a lack of support and other issues at a town council business community outreach forum last week.

    Local businesswoman Dean Nelson, president of the newly named Sunset Beach Business Guild formed to replace the former Sunset Beach Business & Merchants Association, said when a private LLC took over the local farmers market last year, it “decimated the Merchants Association. We had no income flow. People no longer wanted to be part of the Merchants Association.”

  • Calabash adopts $1.2M budget for fiscal 2018-19

    CALABASH — Town commissioners last week approved a balanced $1,217,924 budget calling for a sustained ad valorem tax rate of .0875 cents per $100 of valuation.

    Town Administrator Chuck Nance outlined details at the monthly board meeting June 12.

  • Sunset Vision unveils second art show, ‘Uniquely Brunswick’ June 21-23

    Sunset Vision sets sights on its second annual art show and sale this week at Triple D’s Hemi Haven private classic car showroom at 7011 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s show, “Uniquely Brunswick,” launches 4 to 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21, followed by a fundraising reception 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 22, and concluding-day display 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 23.

  • Nonprofit Profile Dosher Memorial Hospital Volunteers

    2017-18 officers

    Jeri Robinson, president

    Ann Hollingsworth, vice president

    Donna Jenny, secretary

    Lois Galligan, treasurer

    Verda Darrell, chaplain


    Apply online at Dosher.org/Volunteers. Scroll down to the link under “how to begin” to print volunteer application and background check forms to fill out and mail to: Volunteer Office, Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St., Southport, NC 28461.

  • Sunset Beach approves asking Iler for beach fund option for stormwater

    SUNSET BEACH — Following debate, Sunset Beach Town Council approved 3-2 last week a resolution asking state Rep. Frank Iler to pursue a legislative change that will enable the town to use a portion of beach nourishment funds for stormwater expenses.

    The measure was approved at the special called 30-minute meeting June 12 by Mayor Pro Tem Mark Benton and council members Jan Harris and Richard Cerrato.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we handled well more than 100 bills in the House and Senate, we overrode the governor’s veto of the state budget and we passed several bills of local interest.

  • Incentivize disaster preparedness measures, improve infrastructure

    By Mac Montgomery

    Guest Columnist

    The rest of the country is finally learning what we on the coast have known for a long time: the United States needs better, smarter infrastructure. Record-breaking storms like Harvey, Irma, Maria and Matthew show we cannot continue the status quo with our nation’s roadways, bridges, drinking water, dams, energy grid and more.

  • Has your summer officially started yet?

    When does summer start?

    That question has a different answer for different people.

    Around these parts, the season for beach towns begins on Memorial Day.

    For the kids, it must still be considered the first day after the last day of school.

    Traditionalists probably waited until today, June 21.

    For me, there are two determining factors that go into deciding if summer has arrived.