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Today's News

  • Veterans Benefits Action Center scheduled

    American Legion District 9, with 19 posts in Brunswick, New Hanover, Johnson and Pender counties, in cooperation with Congressman David Rouzer and the Veterans Administration Regional Office in Winston-Salem are sponsoring a Veterans Benefits Action Center for all veterans and family members March 30, 31 and April 1.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available locally

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.

  • County rabies clinics to be offered April 1

    County rabies clinics

    to be offered April 1

    Brunswick Sheriff’s Animal Protective Services and the Brunswick County Health Department are sponsoring rabies clinics Saturday, April 1. Rabies vaccinations are $6 per pet. State statute 130A-85 requires all dogs and cats age 4 months or older to be vaccinated against rabies. The penalty is a $100 citation.

    For more information, call BCSAPS at 754-8204.

    Clinic locations

  • Brunswick County Schools kindergarten registration

    Brunswick County Schools kindergarten registration will remain open through April 7. Parents are welcome to visit the school in their child’s attendance zone anytime during the school day between the hours of 8:45 a.m. and 3:15 p.m.

    To register for kindergarten, children must be 5 on or before Aug. 31, 2017.

  • BCC tobacco-free policy to take effect July 1

    Brunswick Community College has long awaited the implementation of its tobacco-free policy, which has been in the works since 2008 when faculty senate made a formal request to the president.

  • NCDOT establishes practices for drone use in disaster response

    Whether conducting a search and rescue operation for a lost hiker or assisting public agencies during a major flood event, drones can play an essential role during emergency response. The N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT) has established best practices and recommended policies for agencies using drones in these situations.

    The final report was released after NCDOT’s Division of Aviation held a workshop with emergency management personnel from around the state in January.

  • Rap concert denied for Navassa Park

    Brunswick County officials made it clear last week a rap concert promoted as happening at Navassa Park will not take place, at least not on county land.

    An April 7 concert by rapper Rick Ross was planned in the park with tickets on sale at Wilmington businesses Dr. Stylz and G&K Hair Studio and in Jacksonville businesses New Fashion and All About Music.

    Navassa Mayor Eulis Willis said the concert had also been promoted on 97.3 FM and on Facebook.

  • Put your best fork forward

     It seems like every organization has a special day, week or month they use to promote what’s important to them. Last week I wrote about Living Well month, a celebration of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. This week I’m writing about National Nutrition Month, which is also celebrated each year in March. This nutrition and education campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have worked closely with members of this the academy for many years and admire and respect them and the work they do.

  • Pet obesity Q&A

     Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?

  • Are you springing into action — or postponing joy?

     By Linda Arnold

    Here it is — my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring — at least not on a consistent level. As poet Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”