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Today's News

  • Brunswick County improves in annual health rankings report

     Brunswick County continued its rise in the annual county health ratings, according to the latest County Health Rankings and Roadmaps report.

    Brunswick ranked 34th out of 100 counties in the report, moving up three spots from last year’s standing of 37th. The 2014 ranking is 13 standings lower than the 2012 of ranking of 47th in North Carolina.

  • Schools keep ‘Arts Alive’

     BOLIVIA — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden said the arts are an extension of the core curriculum.

    So he was proud last Friday night when students from 11 of the district’s schools performed at the 14th Annual Arts Alive at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • The new grapefruit diet — is there something ‘magical’ in grapefruit?

     I admit I’m usually very skeptical about any new or unusual fad diet or weight loss program. I’ve seen them come and go over the years and most aren’t healthy, cost a fortune or just don’t work. The key to most of these diets is: Iif it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Another thing about some of these fad diets is that most are so crazy that people can’t live with them for the rest of their lives and they don’t teach anything about healthy eating for the long haul.

  • How Can We Find Peace In A Stressful World?

     A recent Time magazine article intrigued me. The topic was mindfulness. More specifically, it was titled “The art of being mindful.”  I stopped in my tracks. Typically, one would imagine this process or action would be considered a science, not an art. One might imagine a list of things to do that would lead to awareness. To think of it as an art changes everything.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Gloomy, gloomy, these misty spring days after all the ice and rain. One wonders if it ever will warm up and get sunny. And yet, there are plenty of early spring flowers out and about now to give us at least the perception of coming warmth and botanical bounty. As long as we are going to be out on a field trip, here is a little shrub that offers its cheery flowers to brighten things up a bit.

  • National Volunteer Week celebrates 40 years

    By Lynn L. Douthett

    April 6-12 is National Volunteer Week. This year marks its 40th anniversary, demonstrating the enduring importance of recognizing our country’s volunteers for their vital contributions. This year’s theme is “Celebrate Service.”

  • Spring brings severe allergies

    While spring has been slow to start here in Brunswick County, as it has been elsewhere in the state and country, the telltale sign of its arrival has been proclaimed not just by the yellowish-green haze on vehicles, but also by the sniffles of allergy sufferers.

    Allergy experts told Time magazine the record-setting snowfall in some regions and the lingering below-freezing temperatures could mean a late flowering for trees. A quick look anywhere in our community shows this to be the case.

  • Understanding the story behind the story

    Last week I had the pleasure of speaking to the members of the Sea Trail Property Owners Association in Sunset Beach. I’ve got to apologize to them, though, for not being a better public speaker (I think I successfully demonstrated why I’m much better at addressing readers from behind a keyboard).

  • Calls up at newly built Calabash fire station

    CALABASH — Just in the nick of time, the Calabash Fire Department has a new, larger station to accommodate a matching increase in calls.

    Department spokeswoman Honey Shore said the figures as of Monday, March 31, speak for themselves.

    From November 2012 to March 2013, the department had 619 calls. From November 2013 to March 30 of this year, it had 742 calls — an increase of nearly 20 percent.

  • Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium

     Alligator Egg Hunt is on at Fort Fisher Aquarium

     

    Bunnies may be hopping down the trail soon, but alligators are on a roll at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    The aquarium’s annual Alligator Egg Hunt will be at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. April 12, 18 and 19 will offer children a chance to learn, create and play this spring.