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Today's News

  • Casting shade in the garden

    One of the best ways to beat the heat in the garden is to cast a little shade on the situation. Not only will you make things more pleasant, you’ll also save 25 percent or so on your home cooling costs if that shade tree is located properly.

  • What’s a healthy snack bar?

    I bet you have one or two in your purse, briefcase, car or gym bag. What am I talking about? A snack bar or energy bar of some sort. Prepackaged and ready-to-go bars are popular for busy people to grab and take with them. But the question is, are these any better for you than a candy bar?

  • Can dogs see in the dark? The story of the ‘devil dog’

    “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • When demons are driven out, the mute speak

    I was stopped in my tracks when I saw … more than read … these words in Chapter 9 of the Matthean gospel, “When the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” Surely, I had read this sentence many times. Yet, this time I saw beneath and beyond the words. It was a vision of possibility I had never before encountered in this way.

  • Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

    By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.

  • The hardest part when grilling fish is knowing when it’s done

    Grilling fish is easy and fast. It’s the perfect meal after a hard day’s work. Within minutes, you can be taking your fish off the grill and enjoying your flavorful and juicy meal. Fish is meant to be grilled!

    Cooking the fish fast over direct heat will allow it to retain moisture. But to be sure that it doesn’t stick to the grill, you’ll need to oil the grill’s cooking surface and/or brush the fish lightly with a little oil.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson
    Fire in the sandhills!

  • Tests show lower GenX levels at Northwest plant

    Results from additional testing for GenX in the Brunswick County water supply show the chemical level has dropped since the last round of tests.

    The latest water samples tested were taken July 27 and sent to Northern Lake Service Inc. analytical laboratory and environmental services in Crandon, Wis., on Aug. 1, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    The results revealed GenX levels of 36.9 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, or before it entered the plant for treatment.

  • Advisory rescinded after water main repair

    The Brunswick County Public Utilities 24-inch water main break in Shallotte last week caused low pressure and outages from Shallotte to the South Carolina state line for a few hours and a system pressure advisory for a few days.

    The distinction made a difference for some local businesses. Those caught without water had to close for the day while the businesses under the advisory could keep their doors open.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    Aug. 8

    William Roscoe Richardson, 46, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and forgery.

    Aug. 10

    Obtaining property by false pretense by pawning items at Pawn USA on Main Street.

    Injury to personal property by scratching a vehicle parked at a Paisley Drive apartment, causing $3,000 in damage.