Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    I hope you will remember from your introductory economic botany class that the grasses, as a family (called the Poaceae), surely represent the most important plants in the world, as far as human economy goes. Practically every human culture has developed around the growing and consumption of at least one grass species.

  • An Italian-American’s venture into Celtic spirituality

    I have always been in touch with the core reality of my being a first generation Italian-American. It has colored my life experience in multiple ways. Many of the exaggerated idiosyncrasies discovered in a Mediterranean heritage are also uncovered in my fairly boisterous personality, the loudness of my laughter and the depth of my sorrows. My hands are in motion whenever I speak. My humor could rarely be perceived as subtle or dry.

  • Second-guessing your decisions can increase stress

    By Linda Arnold

    Do you make snap decisions? Or do you sweat it out — pondering every single detail?

    Whether you shoot from the hip or play out every possible scenario, there’s no right or wrong approach. There is, however, something within your control after you’ve made a decision. And that has to do with sticking to your guns instead of ruminating over every little thing.

  • Why your cat hates Halloween

  • Out and about and ready for Halloween

    Every so often, when the spirit moves me, I like to take our newsroom meetings on the road if for no other reason than to get out of the office for a bit. Most of the time, we’ll meet over lunch at one of Brunswick County’s many excellent eateries to talk about coverage plans for the next edition and discuss projects we have in the works.

  • Make your vote count

    Election Day 2016 is Nov. 8, but One-Stop voting is already under way in Brunswick County at four sites, with six more scheduled to open Thursday, Oct. 27.

    As Sara Knotts, director of our county board of elections, explained, “it’s called One-Stop voting, but is essentially absentee voting because voters are away from their election sites. You can request a ballot and vote the ballot all in one stop. That’s where that comes from.”

  • The 84-word question

    By Bud Thorsen

    Guest Columnist

    Early voting has started in our county and the future of our school system is literally a checkmark away. The school bond question is on the last page of the ballot. It is an 84-word question. It is long and complicated but meets all of the legal requirements necessary to appear on the ballot.

    As a life-long Brunswick County resident and long-time member of the Brunswick County Board of Education, I have been thinking about our future and what this bond question is really asking the citizens of our great county.

  • Sloup co-medalist in final fall tourney

    The Winthrop women’s golf team finished its fall season on Sunday by capturing the Winthrop Intercollegiate behind the performances of co-medalists Ashley Sloup and Chelsea Dantonio.

  • Cool down fires up the fish

    The weather has been stable after Hurricane Matthew’s passing and, thankfully, dry as well. It appears that it will remain dry for the next several days and that is good news for folks inland who are trying to clean up from floodwaters. The weather also has made some quick changes in temperatures, finally making it feel more like fall weather and really firing up the fish.

  • Rescheduled Fall Brawl this weekend

    October is a month any fisherman enjoys. Temperatures cool, baitfish begin their annual migrations and it seems as if from the beach to the Gulf Stream fish are willing to bite. For some, October, is all about pumpkin picking and Friday night football games, yet to any angler along North Carolina’s coast, it means it’s time to go fishing.