Today's News

  • Why are your bad habits so hard to break?

    By Linda Arnold


    There you are again … parked in front of that home shopping channel with a pint of ice cream in one hand and your credit card in the other. Or maybe you’re recuperating from drinking too much last night — again.

    Why can’t you ever be on time? Or slay that procrastination dragon once and for all?

  • All god’s creation is very good

    The theme for World Day of Prayer 2018 is “All God’s creation is very good.” Seven women represented seven different cultures, languages, and heritage in the South American country of Suriname, previously known as Dutch Guiana. Interestingly, seven is the biblical number for perfection. And creation, including the day of rest, is described as a seven-day event. There has to be something mystically providential in the data. At least, I think so.

  • Molly’s trick knee: a common problem in small dogs

    I’ve got a beef with evolutionary anatomy: knees and shoulders. To my biomechanical eye, those joints joint seem awkwardly oriented, hastily designed and assembled from spare parts. Whatever the reason, I diagnose a lot of pets with knee and shoulder conditions. Which brings me to Molly’s trick knee.

  • Cleaning and sanitizing

    Looking to keep the germs down and prevent a foodborne illness in your home? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports the two things you can do that make the biggest impact are washing your hands and cleaning kitchen surfaces.

    There are two steps to having a clean and sanitary kitchen. Think of this as if brushing your teeth is the cleaning and using mouthwash is the sanitizing. Two steps. Clean first and then sanitize.

  • Lawns already starting to ‘green up’ for spring

    We’ve had a weather roller coaster ride this year with record cold in January and record warmth in February. Things have settled into a more “normal” pattern for now, but our lawns are already greening up.

  • District court docket for Feb. 19 and 20


    The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Feb. 19 and 20 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, Feb. 19

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Lottery supports Problem Gambling Awareness Month

    The N.C. Education Lottery is supporting efforts this month to raise awareness about problem gambling and let those affected know that help is available.

  • Coastal Ambassador training March 14

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s Southeast Coastal Ambassador training March 14 will focus on a series of stormwater retrofits installed along the John Nesbitt Loop in Wrightsville Beach that are designed to reduce the volume of polluted runoff that makes its way into local waters.

    The Coastal Ambassadors will take a Walk the Loop for Clean Water tour, which will begin at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach. The program will be from 10 a.m. to noon.

  • Sunshine Week open house March 13 in Carolina Shores

    The town of Carolina Shores is having Sunshine Week open house 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 13, at town hall at 200 Persimmon Road.

    Sunshine Week is a national initiative to promote dialogue about the importance of open government and freedom of information.

    The town will conduct an educational program followed by an open-house tour of town facilities at the event.

  • Shallotte man pleads guilty to misusing 911

    A Shallotte man accused of calling 911 to threaten to shoot firefighters and a police officer pleaded guilty to two of the charges he faced.

    Brunswick County sheriff’s deputies arrested 57-year-old Joseph Franklin Cartrette of Pigott Road on two counts of communicating threats and a charge of 911 system misuse Dec. 18.

    District Court records show Cartrette pleaded guilty to two counts of 911 system misuse before Judge Pauline Hankins on Feb. 19, when the two counts of communicating threats he faced were voluntarily dismissed.