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Today's News

  • Elephants may be better drug detectors than dogs

    Elephants have long been known for their prehensile proboscis. Researchers recently discovered that tucked in that trunk is perhaps the planet’s most sensitive sniffer. Newly published genomic data concludes that elephants possess five times more smelling genes than humans and more than twice as many as dogs. This leads to the logical conclusion that you may spot an elephant snorting through your luggage the next time you check in at the airport.

  • What is this week's mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

     

    It’s a long time until Halloween, but here’s a spooky little plant.

    This is actually one of the most common wildflowers in eastern North America. It grows in all the eastern states, including Florida (maybe not the Keys), all the way out to the upper part of California and the Pacific Norwest, mostly skipping the southwestern states. (You could also find it in parts of South America and Asia.) It is fond of very shady forests.

  • District court docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 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.

     

    Tuesday, Aug. 26

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutors Fred Gore and W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • North Myrtle Beach beats Trojans 26-13

      LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — North Myrtle Beach beat West Brunswick 26-13 in a non-conference high school football game Friday, Sept. 5.

    West scored on a 2-yard run by junior quarterback Hunter Ashburn in the second quarter and on a 77-yard touchdown pass from Ashburn to junior receiver Quinlyn Moore in the second quarter.

    The score put West ahead 13-10 with 3 minutes, 35 seconds left in the half. The lead lasted 20 seconds, as North Myrtle Beach returned the ensuing kick to the West 8 and scored on a run on the next play.

  • West golfer Smith second in tourney

     BOILING SPRING LAKES — West Brunswick senior Cameryn Smith finished second in a conference golf meet Thursday, Sept. 4, at The Lakes Golf Club.

    Smith shot 43-39 — 82 on the 5,526-yard course. Laney’s Caroline Cahill finished first, shooting a 40-36 — 76.

    In the team competition, Ashley High School was first (269), beating Laney by 20 strokes. Hoggard and South Brunswick tied for third (299). West was fifth (302) in the seven-team tournament. Only four golfers broke 90.

  • South beats West 3-1 in volleyball
  • Local feline to get famous on 'America's Funniest Home Videos'

    SUPPLY — It was just an ordinary day when one of Tammy Jo Bellamy’s cats climbed a tree and needed to be coaxed down.

    The difference is what happened when the gray kitty, named Edward J. or “Eddie” for short, went out on a limb that broke, dropping him unexpectedly to the ground.

    Bellamy also happened to have her video rolling to record the event, which has now been accepted for a future airing on ABC-TV’s “America’s Funniest Home Videos.”

  • Shallotte Police report

    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.

    Aug. 22

    Communicating threats, subject called The Brunswick Beacon and made threats.

    Aug. 23

    Heather Carol Watts, 29, 1494 Gurganus Road, arrested on a misdemeanor larceny charge for pushing a cart of unpaid items out of Walmart.

    Mary Kathryn Welch, 33, 122 Wood Ridge Drive, Dunn, cited for stealing items from Walmart valued at $7.88.

  • Leland Police report

    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.

    Aug. 27

    James Thomas Batten Jr., 64, 3015 Mt. Misery Road, arrested on an order for arrest on a larceny charge from Brunswick County.

    Damage to real property by someone who threw a rock at the rear glass door of a house on Mill Creek Loop and shattered it.

    Aug. 28

  • Brunswick County’s future really does lie across the border

    Judging from last week’s decision by the N.C. House of Representatives, it appears North Carolina is going to have a difficult time bringing industry to the state when so many other Southern states are more willing to spread around incentive money to close the deal.

    But that’s North Carolina’s problem. Brunswick County has options.

    You may recall that a year or so ago there was a bit of an uproar about the federal government breaking Brunswick County away from the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.