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Today's News

  • ‘Wit’ gives us life at full dose; learning about living while dying

    I cried when I first viewed 99 power-packed minutes of “Wit,” a Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Margaret Edson made into a 2001 HBO movie.
    I thought my tears would end with the final scene of the movie that tracked the last days of Vivian Bearing, Phd., a professor of English whose academic life revolved about the works of John Donne, particularly the holy sonnet “Death Be Not Proud.” But, I was wrong! Tears flowed as abundantly when I saw the film again, this time with my companion chaplains at Brunswick Community Hospital.

  • Life after retirement discussed by Senior Tar Heel Legislature

    In today’s economic downturn, the word retirement has little meaning for older adults in the state. For many, it means taking a part-time job after they leave the full-time workforce. Others expect to prolong retirement because of financial and insurance needs
    North Carolina leaders have a plan for the 25 percent or 2.4 million retiring “Boomers” who may choose to continue to work. This issue was the main topic discussed during the North Carolina Senior Tar Heel Legislature (STHL) meeting.

  • Hawks celebrate 50 years

    Tommy and Ruth Hawks of Winston-Salem celebrated their 50th anniversary June 13. The couple was married in 1960 and bought their first beach home at Holden Beach in 1989. They have three children and three grandchildren.

  • Fulford-Clements

    Amanda Fulford of Shallotte and Frederick Clements of Southport were married May 14 at United Vision Petecostal Church.
    The Rev. Maurice Milligan officiated the service.
    The bride is the daughter of Randy and Janis Fulford of Shallotte. She was given in marriage by her parents.
    The groom is the son of James and Sabrina Clements of Southport.
    Miranda Crouch of Shallotte, the bride’s sister, served as matron of honor. Cortney Mills of Myrtle Beach, S.C., served as bridesmaid.

  • 4-H to offer summer programs starting June 17

    The line of school buses at the Brunswick County Government Complex was a sight to see last Thursday, June 10, as they made their way back to the garage to be parked for summer. It was a sure sign school is officially out.
    As the 4-H staff noticed them outside their office windows, it reminded them the Brunswick County summer fun “Exploring the World of 4-H” program would begin in less than 24 hours.

  • Dealing with wet gardens and landscapes

    Most gardeners view rainfall as a good thing. But too much of a good thing—namely rain—can be bad. Disease is always an issue when there is abundant moisture and plants don’t have time to dry out.
    Many ornamentals, particularly annuals and tender perennials, suffer in the form of leaf spots and root rot. If annuals are not planted on raised beds, too much rainfall can cause them to die.

  • Trouble with tomatoes? It could be tomato spotted wilt virus

    While there are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the Southeast, a relatively new disease threatens to make homegrown tomatoes almost impossible for many local gardeners.
    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is different from most tomato diseases because it is caused by a virus rather than a fungus or bacteria. Most virus diseases in plants cause the infected plant to show strange color patterns on the leaves or flowers and may cause stunting, but usually do not kill their host plant outright.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 21
    Chicken/dumplings, pickled beets, peaches, biscuit/margarine, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 22
    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 23
    Sloppy Joe on bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, hamburger bun, beverage.
    Thursday, June 24
    Macaroni/cheese with ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.
    Friday, June 25

  • Dosher opens new sleep disorder laboratory

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport, has opened a sleep disorder laboratory for the diagnosis and treatment of potentially serious sleep disorders, such as sleep apnea, excessive snoring, narcolepsy, restless leg syndrome and periodic limb movement disorder.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 2, 3, 4, 7 and 8 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, June 2

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Lori Bolivar Aaron, operate vehicle no insurance, voluntarily dismissed.