Today's News

  • Leland man gets 30 years on heroin and money laundering charges

    A federal judge sentenced a Leland man Feb. 1 to 30 years in prison on heroin and money laundering charges.

    Chief United States District Judge James C. Dever III handed the 360-month sentence down to 43-year-old Robert Boone, who was previously convicted of felony conspiracy to distribute a kilogram or more of heroin and felony conspiracy to launder monetary instruments, according to a U.S. Department of Justice news release.

  • Auto insurance companies seek 13.8-percent rate hike for state

    The North Carolina Department of Insurance has received a request for a 13.8-percent overall statewide auto insurance rate increase for 2017 from the North Carolina Rate Bureau, which represents the auto insurance companies in the state.

    This rate filing is the first auto rate filing the Department of Insurance has received from the Rate Bureau since 2009, North Carolina Insurance Commissioner Mike Causey said in a news release. The last auto rate increases occurred in 2001 and 2002 but were wiped out by the rate decrease that occurred in 2003.

  • District court docket for Jan. 20, 23, 24, 26 and 27

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 20, 23, 24, 26 and 27 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.


    Friday, Jan. 20

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Quintin McGee and courtroom clerk Jennifer Hearn:

    Mark Francis Adams, PG unsafe movement.

  • Late-winter garden chores

     The shortest month of the year with Valentine’s Day in its middle should be a great time for romance. If your relationship is still in that stage, enjoy. For those who have been together long enough that leather and lace has given way to coffee makers and car tires, you might get some extra points by taking care of some late-winter garden chores like pruning and controlling weeds.

  • Making your own baby food: Keep baby safe

     There’s a new baby in your house and you’re thinking of making your own baby food. Not only can this be a nutritious alternative to store-bought baby food, it can be a real money saver.

    First off, don’t rush adding solid food to baby’s diet. By age of 4 months to 6 months, most babies’ energy needs increase, making this the ideal time to introduce solid foods. Until this age, they usually don’t have enough control over their tongues and mouth muscles to eat solid foods.

  • Breakthrough itching treatment for dogs approved

     Itchy dogs pose one of the most frustrating clinical challenges for veterinarians and worrisome conditions for pet parents. Seasonal allergies, or atopic dermatitis, affect an estimated 10 percent of all dogs. While the exact cause is unknown, genetics are thought to play a major role in determining if your dog suffers from recurrent itching and scratching. A novel, non-pharmaceutical pruritus treatment has been approved in the U.S., promising to relieve itching in millions of dogs.

  • Frink birth

     Sam and Hannah Frink of Smithfield, Va., are the parents of a son, Samuel Mason Frink, born at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., weighing 7 pounds, 3.5 ounces and measuring 19.68 inches in length.


    Maternal grandparents are Joe and Susan Aldrich of Charlotte. Paternal grandparents are Fletcher and Kelley Frink of Sunset Beach.

    Great-grandparents are Peggy Miller and Janet (Corky) Dancy and great-great grandfather is Douglas Aldrich.

  • Believe in your beliefs — and doubt your doubts

     By Linda Arnold

    In these times of uncertainty, you may find yourself doubting a lot of things.

    Let’s face it. In many cases, foundations have been rocked. If you find you’re more unsure lately, I’d say that’s a normal reaction. If that sense of wavering continues for too long, however, you may want to take stock.

  • Take a chance and receive a gift

     Grandparents take special pride in the accomplishments of their grandchildren. It matters little what the success might be. It could be taking the first steps, speaking first words, riding a bike, learning to read or color or write. What is important is the “first-ness” — the courage to move beyond what is to what can be. What is important is the brave movement into creativity, however it is expressed.


  • Some of the best tasting soups are made with cheese

     A few weeks ago, I shared some cold weather soup recipes which seemed to be in order, considering the chilly lower-than-normal temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. I was also recently reminded that some of the best soup recipes are made with cheese.