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Today's News

  • What is the best time to get things done?

     By Linda Arnold

    So, you’re looking at that “to do” list and wondering how — and when — you’ll ever get it done.

    Well, you’re not alone. My informal survey of magazine covers at newsstands shows that articles on organization and energy are quickly overtaking those on losing 10 pounds and getting washboard abs.

    In our world of 24/7 communications, things move quickly. So, there can be more pressure on getting those items crossed off our lists.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Whatever humor this little plant might have must be truly tasteless. Well, its fruits are tasteless, anyway. The fruits are gorgeous, brilliant red and are dead ringers for the cultivated strawberry. Bite into it, though, and you’ll get a watery flavor, and not much else. Sort of like damp cardboard.

  • Sunset Beach meetings scheduled Monday

    Sunset Beach Town Council will have a budget workshop at 9 a.m. Monday, May 2, in the town hall council chambers at 700 Sunset Blvd. N. to review and discuss the proposed 2016-2017 budget.

    Council has scheduled a second budget workshop for 1 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, in town hall council chambers, if needed.

    Council will convene for its regular monthly meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, May 2, with a closed session to consult with the town attorney and to discuss a personnel matter.

  • County health assessment targets areas for improvement

    Results of the 2015 Community Health Assessment for Brunswick County show residents are concerned about chronic disease, obesity and drug and alcohol use and abuse.

    David Stanley, the county’s health and human services director, presented the assessment to the county board of commissioners during its April 18 meeting.

    The assessment, a review of health priorities for county residents, is based partly on a community survey and partly on local, state and federal health statistics, Stanley said.

  • Oak Island water tap deal could cost county

    BOLIVIA — Merging Oak Island’s water and wastewater systems into Brunswick County utilities could cost more than county officials anticipated.

    County Manager Ann Hardy told county commissioners at their April 18 meeting three issues needed to be resolved related to the acquisition of Oak Island’s water and sewer systems.

    Oak Island’s town council voted Nov. 10, 2015, to request Brunswick County officials explore the feasibility of acquiring its water and wastewater system.

  • Leland agrees to allow gated communities again

    LELAND — Leland had a packed town hall March 29 for a contentious planning board meeting that ended in a split vote on allowing gated communities back in the town.

    On April 21, the Leland town board had almost as many concerned citizens attend its meeting, but the decision was one-sided.

    Leland officials voted unanimously, 5-0, to once again allow developers to build gated communities.

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts: the ultimate fast food for family and guests

        If you’re like me, boneless chicken breasts can be boring. I’ve published many recipes for chicken breasts and I’m sure you have plenty of your own you’ve tried over the years.

    I’ve prepared sautéed, fried, baked, grilled and even pouched chicken breasts. I’ve stuffed, barbecued, breaded, chopped and even pureed when making a chicken spread. But the easiest way, for me, is to just sauté skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a little oil and butter and then add a special sauce at the end of my liking.

  • Tibbals places in Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2016

     

    Yvonna “Bonnie” Tibbals of Shallotte was the second runner-up in the Ms. North Carolina Senior America Pageant on April 16. More than 200 attended the event in Pinehurst, which featured 10 contestants.

    Rebecca Ann Taylor from Brown Summit received the Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2016 title and crown. She and other state queens will compete for the national title of Ms. Senior America 2016-17 the week of Oct. 16-21 in Atlantic City, N.J.

  • You decide: What’s the best timing for valuing property?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    Recently, Wake County, the state’s second largest county in population, reduced the time between property revaluations from eight to four years.

    The change has created some confusion as well as claims the move is a veiled way of increasing taxes.

    To fully understand why the change happened and what its implications are, we need to first step back and review property taxes.

  • Assessment guides county health goals

    The good news is Brunswick County reduced its premature death, prostate cancer death and colon cancer death rates last year.

    The bad news is its number of injury/accidental deaths, obesity and low birth rates increased in 2015.

    As for physical activity, the number of uninsured citizens and violent crime in our county, rates remained about the same. That can be considered good or bad news, depending on one’s point of view.