Today's News

  • Fall isn’t for planting?

     Horticulture gurus often suggest the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that is true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants (crape myrtle) that are better planted in late winter and early spring. 

  • Five-second rule: Busting another myth

     Undoubtedly you’ve heard of the “Five-Second Rule.” This is a common belief in our culture that food and/or silverware dropped on the floor is “safe” if picked up within five seconds. I guess the line of thought is five seconds isn’t long enough for the food to pick up bacteria, dirt, dog hair or other pathogens.

  • I hear what you’re barking

    Study proves dogs understand our words and intonation

    “It’s not only what you say, it’s how you say it” is equally true for both humans and dogs, according to new research. Hungarian scientists have proven something most dog lovers, including me, took for granted: Our dogs understand our words and tones. This exciting study holds many valuable lessons for how we can better study, train, and interact with our beloved canine companions. 

  • Great-grandma clowns around

     “Great-Grandma Susie Inman clowns around with good old Ronald McDonald on her 75th birthday,” wrote 11-year-old Hailee Townsend of Ash. After Townsend asked Inman to pose with the famous clown many times for a photograph, Inman relented on her birthday Oct. 4.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson


    … Or, as the snail, whose tender horns being hit,

    Shrinks backward in his shelly cave with pain,

    And there, all smother’d up, in shade doth sit,

    Long after fearing to creep forth again …

    Shakespeare, Venus & Adonis, I.i.


  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Oct. 9

    Breaking and entering and larceny of $50 in snacks from the vending machine at North Brunswick High School after causing $850 in damage to an exterior door and the vending machine.

    Larceny of a $400 cell phone left at Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

  • Battle against breast cancer

    By now most people know October is observed as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

    Here in Brunswick County, the observance kicked off with the Sea Trail Ladies Golf Association, which had its Rally for the Cure Oct. 3-5. This was the group’s 20th year of fundraising for the Susan G. Komen Rally for the Cure.

  • Time with family accelerates weekends

    Do you ever get to Monday and wonder how your weekend went by so fast? It’s what I seem to do after every weekend I get to spend with my family outside the office.

  • You decide: Are there ‘excesses’ building in the economy?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The word “excess” generally has a bad meaning in our society. It implies too much of a good thing that can lead to problems later. A second serving of my favorite apple pie can lead to an unwanted expansion of my waistline. Speeding to get to work on time can result in accidents and injuries.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 9-15 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrest. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Oct. 9

    Break-in reported at Coastal Outfitters on Sunset Boulevard.

    Oct. 14

    Larceny of phone reported on Sunset Beach Fishing Pier.

    Oct. 15

    License plate theft reported on Magnolia Drive.