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Today's News

  • Video: West-North volleyball

    Video of final points in third and fourth sets of West-North volleyball match, which West won 25-14, 23-25, 25-15, 25-21.

  • West routs Lumberton in soccer

    West Brunswick beat Lumberton 8-2 Aug. 26 in a non-conference soccer game.

    Tristan Murphy scored four goals.

    Lincoln Smith, San Zeng, John McNeil and David Cardenas also scored.

    Smith, Murphy, John McNeil, Noah Faircloth had assists.

  • Did you have a memorable moment this summer?

    Watching wide receivers go down with knee injuries each week of the NFL preseason has sent me a pretty clear message.

    I should never have joined a fantasy football league. I don’t know what I was thinking.

    No, what I meant to say was it’s clear that summer is coming to an end. The signs are there.

    The fantasy drafts are coming. The college football Top 20 lists are out. Just the other day I heard someone say she was looking forward to the return of pumpkin spice flavors in … everything.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch food is still quite popular in the South

     Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Positive over punishment pet training

     One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  • Blanching vegetables not always necessary

     At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • Tough love: Is it harder to take or to dish out?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Off and on I’ve had to engage in the art of tough love. Now I know how it got its name! I’m just wondering whether it’s tougher on the receiver — or the sender.

    Tough love has been defined as “an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.”

     

    Prunes Theory of Life

  • There is pain and power in deciding

     Decision-making is, at once, the most difficult and the most liberating of all human activities. Even the most forthright and determined persons feel the unique suffering involved in making a choice. We all know each “yes” we pronounce commits us to a “no” as well. Every choice has a consequence.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Aug. 10

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: