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Today's News

  • Can dogs see in the dark? The story of the ‘devil dog’

    “Dr. Ward, are you certain we’re alone? I can’t tell you what’s wrong with my dog unless we’re absolutely alone. Are you sure no one can hear us?”

    I was positive we were alone. The only things capable of hearing in my small exam room were the pet owner, her 9-month old puppy dozing at her feet and me. I was considerably less confident about what would happen next.   

  • When demons are driven out, the mute speak

    I was stopped in my tracks when I saw … more than read … these words in Chapter 9 of the Matthean gospel, “When the demon was driven out the mute man spoke.” Surely, I had read this sentence many times. Yet, this time I saw beneath and beyond the words. It was a vision of possibility I had never before encountered in this way.

  • Are you smarter than a fifth grader?

    By Linda Arnold

    How many furlongs are in a mile?

    Who is the only U.S. President to never marry?

    What geological era are we in right now?

    If any of these stumped you, you’re not alone.

    I spotted a book a couple of weeks ago with Jeff Foxworthy’s photo on the front. I immediately connected him with the television show, “Are You Smarter Than a Fifth Grader?” And I thought this would be a fun gag gift for an upcoming birthday celebration.

  • The hardest part when grilling fish is knowing when it’s done

    Grilling fish is easy and fast. It’s the perfect meal after a hard day’s work. Within minutes, you can be taking your fish off the grill and enjoying your flavorful and juicy meal. Fish is meant to be grilled!

    Cooking the fish fast over direct heat will allow it to retain moisture. But to be sure that it doesn’t stick to the grill, you’ll need to oil the grill’s cooking surface and/or brush the fish lightly with a little oil.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson
    Fire in the sandhills!

  • Tests show lower GenX levels at Northwest plant

    Results from additional testing for GenX in the Brunswick County water supply show the chemical level has dropped since the last round of tests.

    The latest water samples tested were taken July 27 and sent to Northern Lake Service Inc. analytical laboratory and environmental services in Crandon, Wis., on Aug. 1, county spokeswoman Amanda Hutcheson said.

    The results revealed GenX levels of 36.9 parts per trillion in the Northwest Water Treatment Plant’s raw water source, or before it entered the plant for treatment.

  • County board adds textbooks to Brunswick Guarantee funding

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners agreed to guarantee books will be included if recent high school graduates go to Brunswick Community College under the Brunswick Guarantee program.

    Textbooks were overlooked when the Brunswick Guarantee was created, County Manager Ann Hardy told commissioners at their Aug. 14 agenda meeting.

    Brunswick Guarantee is a three-year funding agreement commissioners approved March 6 to provide the Brunswick Community College Foundation with $200,000 each year to pay for eligible students’ courses.

  • Advisory rescinded after water main repair

    The Brunswick County Public Utilities 24-inch water main break in Shallotte last week caused low pressure and outages from Shallotte to the South Carolina state line for a few hours and a system pressure advisory for a few days.

    The distinction made a difference for some local businesses. Those caught without water had to close for the day while the businesses under the advisory could keep their doors open.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 8

    William Roscoe Richardson, 46, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Fraud, obtaining property by false pretense and forgery.

    Aug. 10

    Obtaining property by false pretense by pawning items at Pawn USA on Main Street.

    Injury to personal property by scratching a vehicle parked at a Paisley Drive apartment, causing $3,000 in damage.

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    July 29

    Improper backing and hit and run after colliding with another vehicle on Village Road.

    Larceny of $79.98 in of Red Bull energy drinks from Wal-Mart on New Pointe Boulevard.

    Trespassing at Best Western motel on Town Lake Drive.

    July 31

    Breaking and entering a motor vehicle, causing $200 in damage to the door.