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Today's News

  • How complaining affects you mentally and physically

    By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Leduc graduates from basic training

    Air Force Airman Collin M. Leduc has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. He is the son of Robert Leduc of Southbury, Conn., and Laura Nelson of Lansing, Mich., and brother of Molly Ennis of Ocean Isle Beach and Ryan Dent of Lansing.

  • Come Saturday morning … God’s calling

    Come Saturday morning my daughter and I chat about this and that. We catch up on all the doings and delights, fun and fears of the week. We laugh uproariously at the silly stuff and engage in mutual angst over our faults and foibles, mishaps and perceived mayhem. We recollect and reconstruct all that has kept us in contained annoyance during the week. It’s more than a delightful weekly encounter. It’s a deliberate engagement that deepens our union and enhances our enjoyment of each other. It’s mom and daughter, woman to woman, friend with friend. And I love it.

  • Four foods to fight pet allergies

    Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • Learning about listeriosis

    A couple of weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called Listeria. The food borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.

  • Diva-like flowering dogwood needs extra attention

    Flowering dogwood, one of the superstars of the spring flower show, is taking center stage. The excitement over this small tree is understandable, but, before you decide to plunk down the cash to add one to your landscape, remember our official state flower can be a bit of a diva.

    You’ve probably heard that dogwood was the wood of choice for the cross used to crucify Jesus. That’s a good story but, based on the horticulture, highly unlikely. Flowering dogwood is an understory tree that would never be considered for timber.

  • Happy 95th birthday, Gene Williams: Neighbors throw party for World War II veteran

    SUNSET BEACH — It was the birthday bash to beat all birthday bashes.

    Sunday, friends and neighbors converged at the home of World War II veteran Gene Williams in Sea Trail to celebrate his 95th birthday.

    Williams, who officially reached that milestone this past Monday, April 9, was “king of honor” during the afternoon party where the crowd gathered in his garage at his home in Sea Trail.

  • Child poverty, hunger still at issue in county

    Child poverty and hunger are still major problems in Brunswick County, according to the county’s latest data card.

    Numbers released March 28 by NC Child, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group that wrote the report cards, show 55.4 percent of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes, cited as a major risk factor for “negative educational, health and economic outcomes in the future,” compared with 46 percent statewide.

  • County beaches earn recognition

    Brunswick County had three beaches in the top 10, but Emerald Isle was named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today.

    Oak Island and Holden Beach came in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and Sunset Beach made a showing at No. 9.

    According to 10Best.com, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote of USA Today readers.

    The top 10 winners in the category Best North Carolina Beach are:

    1.     Emerald Isle

  • NRC to hold open house on Brunswick nuclear plant performance

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2017 safety performance of the Brunswick nuclear power plant, operated by Duke Energy, during an open house April 18 at the Duke Media Center, 8520 River Road SE, Southport.

    The open house will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and NRC employees responsible for plant inspections, including the resident inspectors based full-time at the site, will be available to discuss its performance.