Today's News

  • Cedar Grove native aims to be community health care ‘H.E.A.R.O’

     Having grown up in the Cedar Grove community, ShaKema Morgan has known for quite some time there’s a need for better health care opportunities in Brunswick County.

    Now a 26-year-old college graduate with a master’s degree, Morgan is making her dream of providing those needs a reality as she prepares to launch her nonprofit Nov. 7 in the same community where she grew up.

  • Momentum is building against our heroin crisis

    More than a year after a community coalition took its first step toward addressing Brunswick County’s heroin crisis through a collaborative multi-agency initiative, it may seem as though little headway has been made in eradicating the problem.

    Just last year, Brunswick County residents had 20 unintentional medication and drug overdose deaths — a rate of 16.8 per 100,000 people. By comparison, the North Carolina average was 9.7 people per 100,000 people, according to figures from N.C. Vital Records and State Center for Health Statistics

  • Enjoy bounty of upcoming local events

    Brunswick County may bank on its reputation as a quiet beach community, but those of us who live here know there’s no shortage of things to do on any given day.

  • Compare health insurance plans during open enrollment

    By Wayne Goodwin

    Guest Columnist

    I am reminding North Carolinians who purchase individual health insurance coverage to take advantage of the open enrollment period to compare plans and choose coverage.

    The open enrollment period for 2016 coverage began Nov. 1 and will end Jan. 31, 2016. In order to have coverage effective Jan. 1, 2016, you must enroll by Dec. 15.

  • On Campus at Brunswick Community College

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    According to recent data supported by the Southeastern Economic Development Commission, health care is the largest employment sector in the Southeast, accounting for 17 percent of our regional employment, and continues to experience the fastest growth in jobs. With the sizable growth of our local retiree population, this sector will remain the leading industry. However, this industry is facing a deficiency in skilled and qualified workers.

  • District court docket

      The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Oct. 19, 20, 21, and 23 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, Oct. 19

    Judge Thomas V. Aldridge presided over the following cases with prosecutor Ashley Gore and courtroom clerks Kristin Cranfill and Kim Register:

  • Figuring out what really matters to our plants

     If asked what truly matters in the world, most of us talk about real friends, family and doing something positive in the world. Rotarians speak of “service above self,” something that might make this crazy world we live in a little less crazy. As much fun as sitting around waxing philosophical is, you came here looking for something about gardening.

  • Pumpkin is more than just a pie

     I’m continuing on my quest to get people to eat more pumpkin. That pumpkin on your front porch can be more than just a doorstop or seasonal decoration. It can give your diet a real nutritional boost. The bright orange color is a dead give-away that pumpkins are full of important nutrients, antioxidants and beta carotene. The Produce for Better Health Foundation says that just one cup of cooked pumpkin contains only 50 calories. Pumpkin is an excellent source of vitamin A, which is an essential nutrient for proper health of eyes, respiratory tract, skin and tooth enamel.

  • There’s blood in my cat’s urine!

     Bloody and discolored urine is a common reason cat owners seek veterinary help. It’s incredibly upsetting to see drops of blood in a litter box on bedding, or on the floor. Sometimes you can’t see the blood until it is examined with a microscope or detected on urinalysis. Fortunately, most cats experiencing blood in their urine have straightforward causes that have relatively simple treatments.

    The two major causes of blood in a cat’s urine are cystitis and feline lower urinary tract disorder, or FLUTD.

  • Mercer family reunion

     Descendants of Edward and Susan Sellers Mercer are invited to a family reunion Wednesday, Nov. 11, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. Bring a covered dish, drinks or whatever you want to share with your family. For more information, call Lou Mercer at 622-0004.