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Today's News

  • Iron and your blood

     Last month I saw this posted by a friend on Facebook: “A disappointing morning ... I am a regular blood donor and was sent away last week because my iron count was too low. Tried again today after trying to consume more iron but sent away again. I won’t give up but left feeling pretty defeated.”

  • Why does my dog chew everything?

     Part 1: Causes

    Some things were destined to go together: French fries and ketchup. Wine and cheese. Dogs and chewing. Yes, I went there. One of the most common questions I hear from frazzled pet parents donning mismatched socks and tattered footwear is, “Why does my dog chew everything?” This week, we’ll sample some of the common causes of excessive chewing followed by simple solutions in my next column. Settle in, grab a glass of vino and dine on the reasons your dog may chew too much.

     

  • Hunger makes us speak

     

     

    “By God’s grace I had good communication skills. I could go and talk to people and influence them. Hunger made me speak.” Those last four words, which I read in an account by Shreya Pareek about Sindhutai Sapkal, tore at my heart.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  • Understanding and preventing plant diseases in landscapes: Part I

     By Sam Marshall

     

    For all the challenges of growing plants in our region, there are probably known more diverse and frustrating to understand as those that arise due to plant disease. While some can be severe, leading in some cases to outright death of plants, most plant diseases are quite harmless and are easily prevented and controlled. In all cases, early detection of diseases is an essential component of your landscape integrated pest management (IPM) program.

     

    The ecology of plant diseases

  • When cooking outdoors, follow these barbecue food safety tips

     Once only a summer activity shared with family and friends, more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

    It’s the season for picnics, cookouts and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food-borne illness.

     

    Defrosting meat and poultry

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 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, April 25

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases May 2 during a grand jury session:

    Adrienne Alexandria Ayeni, felony cocaine possession, drug paraphernalia possession, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, marijuana paraphernalia possession.

    Justin Reynolds, sell/deliver marijuana.

    Myron C. Bryant, failure to register as sex offender.

  • Better, new dental care access is a good reason to smile

    For most people, routine dental checkups are as much a part of their routine as brushing and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Good oral health is something we tend to take for granted. For too many others, however, it is a luxury they forego in favor of paying for food, shelter and other necessities like utilities and transportation.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.