Today's News

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 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.


    Tuesday, Dec. 30

    Judges Jerry A. Jolly and Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • What color is God? God is the color of water
  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson 

    Ah, once again, the tomato family!

  • New year starts out rough for many

    For me, 2015 started with a cough, followed by sneezing, and later a massive headache, swollen face, nausea, fever and chills. It wasn’t the flu or strep throat, thankfully. It was just a nasty upper respiratory infection that flattened me for the better part of the following week.

    “You get sick like this every time you’re under a lot of stress,” the nurse said, patiently explaining — again — how my continued inability to cope weakens my immune system. New year, same old me.

  • Do-it-yourself salad dressing

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse 

    In an effort to eat more healthfully in the New Year, are you finding yourself trying to eat more salads? That’s great. Salads can be low in calories and high in fiber while adding some of those important vegetables to your diet, but finding a good salad dressing that isn’t too high in calories, fats or sodium isn’t easy. Reading the nutrition facts labels on commercial salad dressings can really disappoint and discourage even the most healthful eater.

  • Take flu epidemic seriously

    Most of the nation — including North Carolina — is in the throes of a flu epidemic, according to the latest map by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The situation is serious enough that it prompted Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to ask those who are not patients and younger than 18 to stay out of its facilities for now. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington soon followed suit, enacting a similar policy prohibiting those 12 and younger from visiting its locations.

  • Use rich, creamy risotto as a main course or even in soups

     Soups, casseroles and roasted veggies are great wintertime dishes. So why do we tend to just relegate them to a small portion of our plate, especially when they’re so filling? Why not feature them as a main course instead of focusing on the usual proteins and carbos? Protein can be served up in other forms, whether incorporated in the soup or casserole, or just providing a variety of cheeses and toasted seeds or nuts.

  • Re-enactors, speakers, tours, vendors highlight Fort Fisher 150th anniversary

    Authors and historians are among invitees at a two-day 150th anniversary event this weekend at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

    “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher,” is scheduled for Jan. 17 and 18 at the historic site in Kure Beach.

  • Jaguar's Lair developer, town dispute statements

    The developer of Jaguar’s Lair and the town of Sunset Beach are disputing requirements for completion of infrastructure and release of a bond in the unfinished Ocean Ridge community.

  • Two films made in Sunset Beach set for release

    Sunset Beach is gaining fame in the film-making realm.

    Two productions — a post-war independent movie and a student-produced documentary about the Old Sunset Beach Bridge — have been finished and are poised for release.

    ‘The Odyssey of Destiny’

    For two weeks in September 2013, writer, director and producer Brent Hoover filmed his independent movie, “The Odyssey of Destiny,” in Sunset Beach, on the adjacent state-owned refuge of Bird Island and at the USS Yorktown in Charleston, S.C.