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Today's News

  • It’s easier to sleep when you’re living a dream

     

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 16, 17, 18 and 19 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.

     

    Monday, Feb. 16

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • A short microwave cooking lesson

     By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Microwave ovens are an essential part of most kitchens these days. Yet, for some, they are just expensive coffee warmers, leftover reheaters and popcorn poppers. When microwaves first came out in the 1970s a lot of folks were giving microwave cooking classes. I was one of them. Now they’re like coffee pots in every kitchen and no one ever thinks of taking a class on how to use them. Most people just push a couple of buttons and go. But are you using your microwave to it greatest potential?

  • What is this mystery plant?

     Picture yourself in Bavaria in the spring, in a friend’s backyard, admiring the view of the Alps in the distance. Your host, showing you around, spots this little weed, and exclaims, “Schau mal, Erdrauch!” (Translation is below.)

     

  • Green pepper soup tastes like stuffed peppers without all the work

     It’s a satisfying meal that warms you up on a chilly winter day. Soups are good for you and, best of all, they are easy to make. Now that winter is here, soup is the perfect way to warm up after coming in from the cold evening air.

    Whether you choose soup or chili, these winter comfort foods can include whatever ingredients you like. I prefer to make my soups in large batches, leaving plenty for tasty leftovers. Everyone knows soups taste better the second day, anyway.

  • The desert is a powerful preparation place

     The Markan gospel begins with a quote from the Hebrew prophet Isaiah, a quote that specifies the desert as a preparation place. Prophetic messengers will discover their vocation, their calling and their voice, in the desert. God’s way will be recognized only after we have spent some time in the desert.

  • You decide: Should we borrow for roads and buildings repair?

    By Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    “Debt” has acquired the status of a bad four-letter word. We worry about public debt, especially the $18 trillion national debt. We also worry about our private debt, realizing, for example, that large household debt was one of the factors leading to the Great Recession.

  • Homelessness demands coordinated approach

    Loss of income, a loved one or health — any one of them can drive anyone from his or her home at any time. More often than not, advocates say, it is a combination of these factors that contributes to the homelessness of too many people in our county.
    No one takes pride in being homeless; in fact, pride often prevents those who need help the most from seeking it. But perhaps the most important point they — the homeless and those who speak out on their behalf — would like to share is this: Do not make the mistake of thinking it could never happen to you.

  • Johnson’s 3 moves West into third round

    SHALLOTTE — Saadiq Johnson sank a 3-pointer from the right baseline with 3.2 seconds left as West Brunswick beat Southern Lee 50-47 Monday, March 2, in a second-round game of the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A basketball playoffs.

    The victory advanced West, 25-3 and the No. 3 seed, to a third-round game March 3 at West against Wilson Hunt, 17-8 and the No. 6 seed. Hunt finished second last year in the state playoffs.

  • Early season fishing tactics include trolling variety of baits

     It sure does not feel as if there are only 18 days till spring. In Brunswick County, we have experienced rain, ice and snow in February. Thankfully, that dismal month is over and the forecast is surprisingly improving.