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Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the North Carolina General Assembly, we passed a major clean water bill in the House of Representatives, we had several oversight committees, including transportation, and I opened the first local district office in memory by a state representative in Brunswick County.

  • You decide: Where is the economy headed in 2018?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    January is my busiest month of the year for making public presentations. People want to know what the economy will be like in the year ahead. For businesses, economic forecasts are important for production and hiring plans. Government officials want to know what the economy will mean for their tax revenues and public expenditures. And, of course, the relative strength or weakness of the economy is one of the key determinants of the availability, types and pay of jobs for workers.

  • Every viewpoint is a view from one point
  • The popularity of the blender led to today’s food processor

    Most kitchens these days are filled with the latest and greatest countertop appliances, from specialized coffee makers and indoor grills to mixers and food processors! But back in the day, our favorite small appliance was the Waring Blender, made popular by Fred Waring, a well-known entertainer of the 1930s, 40s and 50s.

  • The Big Freeze leaves impact on local gardens

    We survived The Big Freeze of 2018.  It’s not quite “hit the beach” weather this weekend, but at least the daytime temperatures are well above freezing.

  • Olive oil swap

    Editor’s note: Third in a series of eight columns on “Med instead of Meds.”

     

  • How to help your pet lose weight in 2018 (and why it’s important)

    Our pets are facing a health crisis. According to the latest veterinary surveys, more than half our nation’s dogs and cats are overweight. This means more than 90 million pets are at risk for developing crippling arthritis, debilitating diabetes, catastrophic kidney and heart disease, high blood pressure and many forms of cancer. Besides these serious diseases, obesity is robbing pets of longevity and quality of life.

  • Failure can be your greatest teacher

    By Linda Arnold

     

    Yoda, the great philosopher from the “Star Wars” movies, always has some powerful advice.

    One of my favorites relates to commitment: “DO or DO NOT. There is no try.” 

    So, when I went to see “The Last Jedi” from the Star War series over the holidays, I paid attention. Yoda’s theme centered on failure: “The greatest teacher, failure is.”

  • First baby of 2018

    Mikael Ray Lyman, son of Seth and Latoya Ray Lyman of Southport, is the first baby born in 2018 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center in Supply. He was born Jan. 3 and 12:18 a.m. weighing 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measuring 20-1/2 inches in length. He joins his 17-month-old brother, Major Noel Lyman.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson
     

    Down, down, dogs!

                        Shakespeare. Henry IV, part 2; II, 4.