Today's News

  • Can we resolve our tax issues?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guset Columnist

    Taxes are always part of discussions about government and public policy, and taxes were clearly a hot topic in the recent session of the North Carolina General Assembly. Debates occurred about taxing services, lowering income tax rates, implementing incentives for business and energy expenditures, and dividing public revenues between urban and rural counties. Legislation was passed for some of these items, but I can assure you there will be more discussion and debate in future sessions.

  • Coastal Harmonizers present inaugural concert, "Barbershop Goes Broadway"

    The Coastal Harmonizers, a group of melodic men who love to sing barbershop harmony, are tuning up for their inaugural concert, “Barbershop Goes Broadway.”

    The concert will be presented at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 17, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia, and admission is free.

  • Fight fraud by guarding your Medicare number

    By M. Lee Millman

    Guest Columnist

    Health care fraud drives up costs for everyone in the health care system. Fraud schemes often depend on identity thieves getting hold of people’s Medicare numbers.

    So guard your Medicare number. Treat it as you would a credit card.

    Follow these important steps to protect yourself from fraud:

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 7, 2015

    Sunset Beach Police Department

    The Sunset Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Oct. 7

    Larceny reported at Eastwood Landing.

    Shoplifting reported at Food Lion on Clippers Way.

  • Halftime photos

    Halftime photos of the football game between West Brunswick and South Brunswick.

  • Salsa is not just for chips

     Most of the time when people think of salsa, they think of the tomatoey mixture with onions and peppers that is served with chips. But the term salsa has come to mean just about any combination of chopped fruits and vegetables. The spiciness can vary from mild to hot depending upon personal tastes.

  • Being mortal is what matters in the end

     Atul Gawande, medical doctor and skilled writer, has the medical field abuzz with chatter—both positive and critical—about his book BEING MORTAL: Medicine and What Matters in the End. It helps to know he has made the New York Times bestseller list, but it is even more beneficial to know his work is being read and discussed in multiple and diverse venues across the nation. Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center led the parade locally, followed by Lower Cape Fear Hospice, with presentations being planned by church groups.


  • Major life events bring priorities into focus

     In your everyday life, do you tend to run on autopilot much of the time?

    Like most of us, your mind and body have gotten accustomed to dashing around and crossing things off your to-do list. A certain rhythm has been established, and you’re off to the races.

  • What’s all this rain going to do to my plants?

     As I was sweating it out in the gym the other day, a fellow asked a question that’s on lots of gardeners minds these days: “What’s all this rain going to do to my plants?” Some things are obvious.

  • You are your dog’s favorite smell

     Science is once again confirming what many dog lovers suspected: Our dogs know our smell, and they love it. Recent research by Emory University’s Dr. Gregory Berns used advanced brain-imaging to prove dogs recognize our scent even when we’re not present. Even more interesting is how the canine brains responded differently to the odor of other dogs and humans versus their own human family. You are your dog’s favorite smell.