Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • Green foods on St. Patrick’s Day? Not for me

    Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated worldwide this weekend. I know many of you like to make all kinds of crazy green-dyed food on this special day. I, for one, am not that fond of green colored foods, or even blue or purple colored foods.

    Some will argue that corned beef isn’t a “traditional” Irish meal, but it was quite popular with hard-working Irish immigrants who arrived in our country with limited means and low-paying jobs. Corned beef was cheap and affordable back then. Today, cabbage with bacon is a popular dish in Ireland.

  • Can rudeness in the workplace be contagious?

    By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.

  • Imitation is the highest form of praise

    I can remember being greatly perturbed ... well, angry actually ... as a young child when my younger sister imitated me. I wanted to be an original, one who stood out uniquely in my world. And there she was, mimicking my every move. Naturally, I voiced my complaint loudly, only to hear my mother replying, “Imitation is the highest form of praise.” Comforted little by that observation, I grew more deeply annoyed with the mirror image who was following me everywhere.

  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats?

    Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • What are your chances?

    I frequently write about pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. I think the one people are most familiar with is Salmonella. But, what really are your chances of getting ill from salmonella in your chicken, or beef or pork?

  • Redbuds are showing that spring flower time is here

    Loropetalums, phlox, daffodils, crabapples, redbuds and cherries are in various stages of bloom. That must mean we’re in the main spring season in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a bit overwhelming with everything blooming at once. Sometimes I wish I could spread it out a bit.  But, it is a glorious time in the garden so get out and enjoy it.

  • District court docket for Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 26, 27, 28 and March 1, 2 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. 26

    Judge Jason C. Disbrow presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports

    Released at 10:39 a.m. March 13, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • Shallotte man charged in Onslow County break-ins

    A Shallotte man faces breaking and entering charges in Onslow County.

    Onslow County Sheriff’s Office detectives arrested 37-year-old William Ross Stout Jr. of Redwood Street on March 5 by and charged him with nine counts of vehicle breaking and entering, seven counts of larceny after breaking or entering and two counts of felony conspiracy.