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Today's News

  • Some plants mask their green

     You would think that horticulture folks would be happy in March when everyone’s “wearin’ the green.” After all, green is our color — the color of chlorophyll found in plant leaves that allows the life-giving process of photosynthesis to happen. But, in this month of green beer and shamrocks, I started thinking about all of the great plants we grow that mask their green behind other pigments such as the red and burgundy Japanese maples, ‘”Summer Chocolate” mimosa and Cordyline ‘”Red Star” with its striking form.

  • U.S. pets get fatter, owners disagree with veterinarians on nutritional issues

     By Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Our pets keep getting fatter. Pet obesity in the U.S. continued to steadily increase in 2016, affecting nearly 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs, according to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP). During their ninth annual survey, APOP also found pet owners and veterinary professionals disagreed on key pet food issues such as the benefits of corn and grains, value of raw and organic diets, and the best sources of pet nutritional advice.

  • North Carolina encourages air quality forecast awareness

    The 2017 ozone season has started, as state and local environmental agencies renew their daily air quality forecasts for ozone in metropolitan areas across North Carolina.

    Ozone, which has been North Carolina’s most widespread air quality concern, continues to decline, thanks in large part to reductions in emissions from its primary air pollution sources: power plants, industry and motor vehicles.

  • Legislators introduce STOP Act to confront opioid epidemic

    Sens. Bill Rabon, R-Southport, Jim Davis and Tom McInnis and Reps. Greg Murphy, Ted Davis, Craig Horn and Chris Malone, joined by Attorney General Josh Stein, unveiled legislation to confront the opioid epidemic.

    The STOP Act, formally the Strengthen Opioid misuse Prevention Act, was introduced with companion bills in the Senate and House. This legislation is designed to ensure smarter prescribing and smarter dispensing of highly addictive prescription drugs. The bill also includes $20 million for treatment and recovery over two years.

  • Williams re-elected to serve as chairman of Cape Fear RPO

    The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) elected officers for 2017 at its Feb. 10 meeting. Brunswick County commissioner Frank Williams was unanimously re-elected chairman and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was unanimously re-elected vice chairman.

  • Brunswick County Veterans Coalition to meet March 15

    The Brunswick County Veterans Coalition will meet Wednesday, March 15, from 10 a.m. to noon at American Legion Post 543 in Oak Island. Interested Brunswick County veteran organizations are encouraged to send a representative to meet fellow veterans from the area and learn what each of their organizations do for veterans and citizens of the county.

    Gary G. Crowden, commander of American Legion Post 543, will lead the meeting.

  • Celebrate Red Cross Month by giving blood

    During Red Cross Month in March, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to join in its lifesaving mission by giving blood.

    Since 1943, every U.S. president has designated March as Red Cross Month to recognize how the Red Cross helps people across the country and around the world. Red Cross Month is a celebration of supporters, who are the face of the Red Cross in their communities and bring hope to people facing emergencies.

  • Are political differences affecting your friendships?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    If you find yourself in one uncomfortable situation after another following our recent national election, you’re not alone.

    Generally, at this point after an election, tempers have calmed down and folks are either excited about a new administration — or resigned to wait out four years, with an eye to the future.

    Not so with our country’s recent election.

  • what is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    “…in an early spring we see th’ appearing buds; which to prove fruit 
Hope gives not so much warrant, as despair, that frosts will bite them.”

                                                          Henry IV, Part II (Act 1 Scene 3)

  • Thai dishes prepared quickly and inexpensively at home

     I really love Thai food. It’s quick and tasty. I’ve read that Thai food used to be a lot spicier than it is now, but apparently over the years it has been toned down. The Thai food in America is often blander than its counterpart in Thailand.