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Today's News

  • Victims recovering after boat capsizes, strands them in ocean for 19 hours

    SUNSET BEACH—Nicholas Via had just bought the boat four days prior.

    So when he and three friends decided to take it out into the ocean for the first time at 6 a.m. on Sunday, July 20, they weren’t thinking about any worst-case scenarios.

    They didn’t check possible weather and wave warnings spurred by passing Tropical Storm Cristobal. The furthest thing from their minds was that something could go wrong.

    Until it did.

  • Mayor, commissioner spar over mayor's duties

    During a special Calabash commissioners meeting on July 24 an item about fire inspections was removed from the agenda, sparking a confrontation between the town’s mayor and a commissioner.

    The item was to discuss feedback from Brunswick County on an agreement for performance of fire inspections approved by Calabash commissioners at their last regular monthly meeting July 8.

    At the end of last week’s special meeting, Calabash commissioner Cecelia Herman asked Mayor Anthony Clemmons if he had signed the agreement before it was forwarded to the county.

  • Roscoe the rooster, a chopping block and two young boys

    As Mom slid two bowls of cornflakes across our breakfast table toward my brother and me, she announced, “Tonight your father is returning home from work, and I want you to go out to the chicken pen and get me one of those roosters for dinner.”

    Jim was just 9, and I was 10 years old. It would seem like a pretty tough assignment for kids that age, but we had watched Dad kill, pick feathers and gut a chicken for dinner many times, and so we thought we were ready to be “big boys” for Mom.

  • Throw them away or keep them, middle names can have a purpose

    Word definitely does not travel fast in my family, but when it does travel, it does not always arrive in one piece.

    My dad called me last week to tell me my cousin’s wife had a baby. He didn’t know any details, just that it was a girl and her name was Natalie. My mom didn’t know any more details either, as she was only left a voice mail message telling her the news.

  • No worries could be worrisome

    A wise (?) old sage, I think it was Crocodile Dundee, once said it’s useless to worry, because most of the things we worry about never happen.

    With odds like that, worry then must be a good thing.

    My own usual day of worry began at precisely 5:55 a.m., after clock radio news that the next president has a trillion-dollar deficit not-to-worry about jarred me out of a light sleep.

    Subsequent worries, er, I mean “choices,” followed.

    Coffee or tea?

  • Free medical clinics may have never been more needed than now

    Long before gas topped $4 a gallon and the price of just about everything we need to live and entertain ourselves increased, we heard tales of struggling senior citizens and working-class families.

    Many, not making enough money to pay bills and get appropriate medical care, were left deciding which they needed more—food or healthcare and prescription medicine.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on July 16, 17, 18 and 21 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, July 16

    Judge Nancy Phillips presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Matthew Russell Ashley, unsafe movement, $20 and costs.

    Trai Devontrai Bland, probation violation, voluntarily dismissed.

    Carla Oliveira Brooks, fail to stop-steady red light, voluntarily dismissed.

  • Brunswick County grand jury meets, returns indictments on June 21

    The Brunswick County Grand Jury under the direction of Judge Ola Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Kay Fowler returned the following indictments during a Superior Court session on July 21:

    Steven Wayne Brown Jr., 19, of 162 Quail Place Drive, Winston-Salem; felony robbery with dangerous weapon, felony breaking and/or entering, felony larceny after breaking/entering.

    Andraes Dequan Bryant, 19, of 4550 Blue Banks Loop Road, Leland; felony sell heroin, felony sell/deliver cocaine, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine.

  • Medical clinic provides worthwhile services

    Someone who hasn’t been feeling well for months visits doctor after doctor, finding none who will accept him because he has no money or insurance coverage.

    He finally finds a free clinic about 30 miles away from his home, where a family nurse practitioner examines him, realizes what’s wrong and prescribes the medicine he needs to get better.

  • Create chicken dishes by using your own tasty sauces

    Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the ultimate fast food for family and guests—quick to prepare and low in fat. But if you’re like me, they can be boring. You throw them in a skillet and then wonder, “Now what?”

    A magazine once published more than 50 ways to prepare chicken. I’ve since decided that figure must be closer to 5,000!