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Today's News

  • Canned food is king for cats

     As a veterinarian who has an interest in pet nutrition and, more specifically, pet obesity, the question I’m most often asked by cat lovers is, “What should I feed my cat?” I’d like to focus in this column not on what brand you should feed, but on what type of food is better for cats: dry or canned food?

  • Living a lie can definitely take its toll on you

     By Linda Arnold

    “People lie to protect their self image. We live in a culture where lying is quite acceptable.”

     

    We’ll never know what goes through the minds of mass murderers. As we’re left to pick up the pieces, we can only wonder what motivates such senseless acts.

    On another level, there are the fallen heroes. Lance Armstrong. Tiger Woods. Bernie Madoff. Obviously, there’s a big disconnect between the public personas and the private realities in all these cases.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    This one is for the fiddler crabs, sandpipers, seagulls, snails and everybody and everything else that lives in or otherwise enjoys our beautiful coastal estuaries. It’s a plant of open salt flats or meadows landward of the beach, places that tend to be frequently flooded by salt water during high tide, and then drained away when the tide goes out. These sorts of places are fascinating biologically, and there are plenty of natural history stories here to be investigated.

  • Cracking tomatoes: Causes and treatments

     Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent,

    Brunswick County

     

    I always admire folks who, year after year, continue to grow tomatoes successfully in our region. In fact, I am downright jealous. So far this season, growing conditions for tomatoes had been ideal. May was one of the coolest months in recent history and we had just about the ideal amount of rainfall. Enter June. A recent heat wave, followed by dry weather, and then followed by heavy rains means once again, those brave souls growing tomatoes may not get that bumper crop this season.

  • Baseball, apple pie and barbecue!

     What could be more American on the Fourth of July? This year, millions of households will be firing up the grill or smoker to celebrate the birth of the United States of America. It’s time for the Great American Cookout!

  • It’s a scandal when security becomes a stumbling block

     A recent message from Richard Rohr, OFM, caught my attention and subsequently my heart. It continues to offer light and insight into the dilemma we humans face as we live in a world that allows evil to flourish because people remain scandalously and silently secure in their own little locale.

  • Dixie Softball tourneys begin July 2 in county

    Staff Report

    Brunswick County will be the site of Dixie Softball state tournaments beginning Saturday, July 2.

    Three tournaments involving Brunswick teams will take place at Waccamaw Park. Brunswick County West Debs, winners of the 2015 Debs World Series, will play a first-round game at 12:30 p.m. July 2

    Four tournaments involving Brunswick teams will take place at Town Creek Park. Championship games are set for Wednesday, July 6. Winners advance to the Dixie Softball World Series.

  • Concerned cyclists clean hazardous section of N.C. 179

    Local bicyclists concerned about safety got out their shovels and brooms last week to do their own roadwork.

    Paul Dordal, Dave Weller and Dan Dickerson took matters into their own hands after officials with the North Carolina Department of Transportation said the state agency wasn’t responsible for maintaining what the three deemed a particularly hazardous stretch of shoulder along N.C. 179, aka Beach Drive, just south of Shallotte.

  • Shallotte Police reports

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

    June 10

    Ronnie Joe Yates Jr., 38, of 37th Street, Sunset Beach, was cited on a charge of concealing merchandise while on Wal-Mart premises.

    Vandalism causing $200 in damage to a fence on Mulberry Street.

    Larceny of $31.69 in fuel (drive-off) from Go Gas on Main Street.

    June 11

  • Leland Police reports

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

    June 10

    Vehicle verses deer traffic crash on Brunswick Forest Parkway near Low Country Boulevard resulting in property damage.

    Injury to real property; someone in a work truck drove over the victim’s lawn causing property damage on Heartwood Drive.

    Larceny of graphic t-shirts from the New Pointe Boulevard Wal-Mart by three people.