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Today's News

  • Man dies in two-vehicle Leland crash
  • Boiling Spring Lakes man gets more than five years for robbery

     

  • Ash man accused of destroying marijuana evidence

     

  • District court docket for Nov. 13, 14, 17, 20 and 21

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 13, 14, 17, 20 and 21 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, Nov. 13

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following case with prosecutor Alisha Benjamin and courtroom Jennifer Jones:

  • Graham completes basic

    Air Force Airman Shaquan D. Graham, son of Shawnta D. Graham and grandson of Iris D. Jacobs of Leland, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Graham 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.

  • Are you playing too small in Your life?

    By Linda Arnold

     

    Sir Richard Branson says, “If your dreams don’t scare you, they’re too small.”

    That quote got me thinking about the risk/reward ratio of our behaviors. If there’s something that’s been tugging at you and you keep ignoring it, maybe you’re playing too safe in your life.

    Of course, there are lots of valid reasons to pull back. If you find you’re continually doing this, though, it may be time to redefine your dream. Or get off the fence. 

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Each fall I usually get one or two phone calls concerning autumn foliage, with the callers wondering, invariably, if this season’s coloration will be better (or worse) than last fall.

    It’s a good question, but one that is basically impossible to answer, of course. There is no way of measuring beauty. That’s my normal response. And even in a drought period, you never know exactly how the resultant fall foliage may be affected. I think, also, that the amount of light available during the day has a real effect on autumnal foliage.

  • Whether landscape friend or foe, mistletoe remains a holiday staple

     

    By Sam Marshall

     

  • Silence is more than speechlessness

    I recently read an article by Carolyn Gregoire in which she proclaimed the value of silence. In our house, quiet reigns supreme. It’s not that Hubby Dear and I never talk. More to the point, it is about giving ourselves time to be still and know the presence of divinity in our midst. Even more so, it is allowing ourselves to be quiet in the presence so that we can experience it everywhere and in everyone.

  • Potatoes are a staple of the American diet

     

    If your cupboards are looking bare but you have a bag of potatoes in the house, here are some delicious options that can make filling dishes and add flair to your meals. While plain cooked potatoes may seem bland, try adding your favorite condiments, toppings and flavorings to get the taste your want.

    Baked potato skins (see recipe below) with chives, bacon and sour cream offer a great introduction to any meal. The addition of cheese, salsa or mushrooms will provide even more flavors to enhance this popular hors d’oeuvre.