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Today's News

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on May 20, 21, 22 and 27 in Bolivia.

    Tuesday, May 20

    Judge Nancy C. Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutors Cathi Radford and Erin Holden and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

    Bobbie Wilson Anderson, simple worthless check, voluntarily dismissed per felony plea.

    Ronnie Ely Ballard, fail to file notice unclaimed motor vehicle, Brunswick County Jail 10 days, suspended sentence 12 months, unsupervised probation 12 months, $25 and costs, not violate any criminal laws.

  • 'Crystal Skull' hits most of the right notes

    “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” is the ultimate movie for history and adventure nerds.

    At first, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to see the fourth “Indy” installment from powerhouse director Steven Spielberg. When I was 12, I had to walk out of the theater showing “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom,” to avoid throwing up.

  • Sesame oil is a popular ingredient in Chinese cooking

    Sesame is one of the oldest seeds known to man. Thought to have originated in India or Africa, the first written record of sesame dates back to 3,000 B.C.

    According to Assyrian mythology, sesame's origins go back even farther—there is a charming myth about the Gods imbibing sesame seed wine the night before they created the earth. References can be found to Babylonians using sesame oil, and to Egyptians growing their own sesame to make flour.

  • Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District recognizes educators and students

    The Brunswick Soil and Water Conservation District recognized educators, students and supporters of the District’s Conservation Education Program at its 2008 awards banquet on May 9 at Jennies Branch Church in Ocean Isle Beach. Black Light Ministry provided the evening’s entertainment.

    The 2008 Conservation Teacher of the Year award went to Sybil Mitchell-Simmons who has been active with Brunswick Soil & Water Conservation District’s educational programs for more than 10 years, participating in poster, speech, essay contests and the coastal and state envirothons.

  • BCC to offer continuing education classes

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction, according to Karen Ladley, the school’s public information officer.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Ongoing through June 15

  • Myrtle Beach amusement park still a thrill more than 40 years later

    Once upon a time in America, you could find seaside amusement parks in virtually every beachfront resort town from Maine to Florida.

    Today, fewer than 20 oceanside parks dot the entire East Coast.

    One of them is Family Kingdom Amusement Park just down the coast in Myrtle Beach, S.C., which is still providing family thrills after more than 40 years.

  • Sweetbay Magnolia: How sweet it is!

    Those of you who are “mature” enough to remember Jackie Gleason before his Smokey and the Bandit days may remember his catch phrase, “How sweet it is.”

    While he was talking about life in general, he could have been describing a great native plant with sweet-scented blooms that are open right now—sweetbay magnolia. Even when the flowers have faded, you’ll be left with interesting leaves with a silvery underside that look great when the wind blows and bright red fruit.

  • Eight reasons why trees and shrubs fail to flower

    Many trees and shrubs are selected because of their flowering habit. It can be discouraging when they fail to bloom or set fruit. It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a plant’s failure to bloom, however, here are some possibilities:

  • Planning a tasteful landscape, part III

    The landscape will be viewed from within the house as well as out-of-doors, and this must be taken into consideration.

    My patio is an extension of the indoor room it adjoins. I consider it an outdoor room. Some homeowners want weed-free turfgrass in the public area while another might plant an English-type garden of colorful blooms.