Today's News

  • Study shows dogs dig reggae

     Over the past decade, science has shown dogs and cats tend to relax when listening to certain music. Classical music, especially Mozart compositions, has been the primary focus of these earlier experiments. The so-called “Mozart effect” seemed to soothe toddlers, dogs and cats, at least temporarily.

  • Obstacles are avenues of opportunity more than objects for avoidance


    Hubby Dear often speaks fondly of his godmother, a Roman Catholic nun now deceased. She was a woman of faith, fidelity, and forcefulness. The bar was always raised in her presence. On one occasion in his life, when H.D. was just knee high to a grasshopper, he received a card from her that bore a simple message, but one he has never forgotten. It read, “An obstacle is something that gets in the way when you take your eye off the goal.”

  • Fiore celebrates 80th birthday

     Ann Fiore of Calabash, formerly of New Jersey, will celebrate her 80thbirthday March 4, 2017.

  • Are you drifting along in your life?


  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson


    I’m trying to poison my botany students. Well, that’s what most of them think.

  • Billeaud-Richardson engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ripley Billeaud and Joel Richardson, both of Greensboro. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rhonda and Greg Billeaud of Whiteville. The prospective groom is the son of Missy and Steve Richardson of Clarkton. A March 11, 2017, wedding is planned in Jacksonville, Fla.

  • Rios graduates from basic

    U.S. Air Force Airman Jorge L. Rios, son of Maria C. Benjamin of Leland, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Rios completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • Don’t guess, soil test!



    By Sam Marshall


    Any successful gardener in this area will tell you that the key to a beautiful lawn or garden starts with healthy soil. The only way to ensure your soil is healthy is to conduct a soil test. Soil test results guide decisions like which type of fertilizer to use and whether or not to apply lime. Different types of plants have different pH and nutrient requirements. By soil testing, you can ensure you are applying the proper amounts for optimal growth of all your plants.


  • Fire up the grill for some Cornell chicken and Binghamton spiedies.

     A professor of food science at Cornell University, Bob Baker is credited with inventing Cornell Chicken in Ithaca, N.Y., in the 1940s. The crispy-skinned grilled chicken is basted with a white vinegar-based barbecue sauce that has long been a favorite in the central and western regions in New York State for many years.

    The combination of low heat and continual basting with the special sauce produces a one-of-a-kind result.

  • Autopsy: Leland man killed in officer-involved shooting was drunk

    An autopsy report shows the man who was killed after he fired at a Leland police officer during a traffic stop last December had a blood alcohol content of .26 at the time.

    A person is considered legally impaired with a blood alcohol content of .08.

    Brent Quinn, 43, died as a result of injuries he suffered in gunfire with Leland police officer Jacob Schwenk on Dec. 9, 2016 on Bridgeport Way.

    Quinn and Schwenk, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times.