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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

  • Vinegar has been around for more than 10,000 years

    Ever wonder how vinegar came about? I’ve read it was accidentally discovered more than 10,000 years ago by a person whose batch of wine had just gone bad, or sour. Whether that’s true or not, they must have thought that it was good for something other than throwing to the hogs! We'll never know who that inventive person was, but thanks for your discovery.

    A byproduct of wine making, vinegar has worked its way through virtually every culture and has become a standard item on our kitchen shelf.

  • Donations of all blood types needed

    Those who donate blood or platelets with the American Red Cross this September by can get get a free haircut coupon from Sport Clips Haircuts. Blood and platelet donors of all blood types, especially type O negative and O positive, are urgently needed to replenish the blood supply following a critical summer blood shortage.

  • One dead in Supply single-vehicle crash

    One person is dead after a single-vehicle accident in Supply Saturday night.

    Dave Robinson of Coastline Volunteer Rescue Squad said the accident happened just before 10 p.m. Saturday, when a vehicle driving near the 2600 block of Boones Neck Road ran off the road and struck an object in the yard.

    Robinson said the North Carolina State Highway Patrol is investigating the crash.

    No other details have been provided at this time.

  • Area schools to dismiss early Monday for eclipse

    Brunswick County Early College High School students will dismiss early Monday morning, Aug. 21, in anticipation of the solar eclipse that afternoon.

    Students will dismiss at 11:30 a.m. Monday, with the decision “largely based on the timing of the eclipse, which placed our students on buses or in personal vehicles close to the peak of the event,” Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman Jessica Swencki said.

  • Casting shade in the garden

    One of the best ways to beat the heat in the garden is to cast a little shade on the situation. Not only will you make things more pleasant, you’ll also save 25 percent or so on your home cooling costs if that shade tree is located properly.

  • What’s a healthy snack bar?

    I bet you have one or two in your purse, briefcase, car or gym bag. What am I talking about? A snack bar or energy bar of some sort. Prepackaged and ready-to-go bars are popular for busy people to grab and take with them. But the question is, are these any better for you than a candy bar?

  • Can dogs see in the dark? The story of the ‘devil dog’

    “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • When demons are driven out, the mute speak

    I was stopped in my tracks when I saw … more than read … these words in Chapter 9 of the Matthean gospel, “When the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” Surely, I had read this sentence many times. Yet, this time I saw beneath and beyond the words. It was a vision of possibility I had never before encountered in this way.

  • Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

    By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.