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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “You can’t step into the same river twice.” (attributed to Heraclitus)

  • Understanding and preventing plant diseases in landscapes: Part I

     By Sam Marshall

     

    For all the challenges of growing plants in our region, there are probably known more diverse and frustrating to understand as those that arise due to plant disease. While some can be severe, leading in some cases to outright death of plants, most plant diseases are quite harmless and are easily prevented and controlled. In all cases, early detection of diseases is an essential component of your landscape integrated pest management (IPM) program.

     

    The ecology of plant diseases

  • When cooking outdoors, follow these barbecue food safety tips

     Once only a summer activity shared with family and friends, more than half of Americans say they are cooking outdoors year round.

    It’s the season for picnics, cookouts and other outdoor parties. But eating outdoors in warm weather presents a food safety challenge. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food-borne illness.

     

    Defrosting meat and poultry

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 25, 26, 27, 28 and 29 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, April 25

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor C. Ashley Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases May 2 during a grand jury session:

    Adrienne Alexandria Ayeni, felony cocaine possession, drug paraphernalia possession, possession of marijuana up to ½ ounce, marijuana paraphernalia possession.

    Justin Reynolds, sell/deliver marijuana.

    Myron C. Bryant, failure to register as sex offender.

  • Better, new dental care access is a good reason to smile

    For most people, routine dental checkups are as much a part of their routine as brushing and flossing their teeth at least once a day. Good oral health is something we tend to take for granted. For too many others, however, it is a luxury they forego in favor of paying for food, shelter and other necessities like utilities and transportation.

  • Touting two important community organizations

    Go ahead and call me biased if you want, because my column this week touts two organizations in our community I think are top-notch.

    First up is Brunswick Housing Opportunities Inc. BHO is a nonprofit designed to connect people to preparation, resources and opportunities that raise the level of economic security, increase financial resiliency and improve the health and well-being of people and communities.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly we began meeting daily to work on the budget, our policy committees began meeting to approve bills for referral to the House floor and we approved several bills adjusting tax laws and unemployment insurance.

  • You decide: Will interest rates remain low?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The year was 1978. A young, newly hired economics professor was making one of his first public presentations to a group in Washington, N.C. The professor quickly learned locals referred to their town as “Little Washington,” to distinguish it from the nation’s capital. He was also told Little Washington was founded years before Washington, D.C., and was the first city to be named after George Washington.

  • West Brunswick opens baseball playoffs at 6 p.m. Tuesday

    Staff Report

    West Brunswick will open the North Carolina High School Athletic Association Class 3A state baseball playoffs Tuesday at home against Webb.

    Brackets are at nchsaa.org.

    First-round games are set for Wednesday. West, however, will play at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

    West is seeded No. 2 in the East. Its record for seeding purposes is 20-2. Webb is 12-10 and seeded No. 31.

    The top seed in Class 3A is Cleveland (21-1). The No. 3 seed is Southern Lee (19-3). The No. 4 seed is C.B. Aycock (18-4).