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Today's News

  • Due care needed with high-tech directions

    Last month, a motorist had to abandon ship seconds before his vehicle got stuck and clobbered by an oncoming train on the Metro-North Railroad tracks in Bedford Hills, N.Y.

    Jose Silva drove himself into such peril on purpose. The reason?

    His global positioning system told him to go that way.

    Oh, that’s a good one. Try that one the next time you’re involved in a vehicular mishap, especially if it’s your fault: “My GPS made me do it, Mr. Officer. Sir.”

  • What’s happening on Shallotte’s Main Street at 3 a.m.?

    Humans behave like wild animals in that we are territorial and have established game trails.

    Predatory creatures use the game trails of others to set up their next meal.

    If we left footprints where we walk every day, it would become apparent that we are creatures of habit and rarely break away from our established routines.

    Regular sleeping schedules are needed in order to maintain our mental and physical health.

  • Former sheriff finally takes responsibility

    After years of doing things the wrong way, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett took a step in the right direction Monday afternoon.

    Standing before peers, friends, family, attorneys—and some naysayers—Hewett publicly addressed the charge he had criminally obstructed justice in a federal investigation into his tenure as Brunswick County Sheriff.

    Before U.S. District Judge Earl Britt, Hewett said he takes “full responsibility” for his actions.

    Finally.

  • Board candidates speak out at forum

    SUPPLY—Teaching creationism and evolution is a hot topic among voters trying to decide which candidate to choose in the upcoming Brunswick County Board of Education election.

    At the candidate forum Tuesday night at Odell Williamson Auditorium, an audience question gave candidates their chance to voice their opinions on the topic, which has drawn much controversy since the board’s September meeting when a parent questioned why it wasn’t taught in Brunswick County schools.

  • What is it that makes a bisque a bisque and not a chowder?

    Both bisques and chowders are made with seafood and vegetables, with a cream base. Chowders tend to be more stew-like or chunky, and bisques puréed. The word “bisque” is also used to refer to any sort of creamy, puréed soup, and thus menus often feature tomato and squash bisques.

  • You can't make tea from fall camellias

    Sweet iced tea is as southern as magnolia blossoms and chopped pork barbeque.

    It’s probably blasphemous to admit, but I, as a redneck southern boy, don’t like sweet tea. That’s almost as bad as admitting I don’t particularly like grits. Even though I may not appreciate all of the southern cuisine, the leaves of a camellia are the source of green, black, oolong and white teas.

  • Begin checking off October's to-do list

    Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check-off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Still, others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder.

    Gardening tips for October

  • Stressing out over the red ink

    Where is the good news?

    “Dow plunges 778” screams the Sept. 30 front-page headline in USA TODAY.

    “It’s an extremely worrisome situation” reads another headline on the same page.

    Another section, more of the same: “Economic forecasts get even more dire.”

    We are investors lost, in one day, $1.2 trillion.

  • Lady Trojans beat Laney; now 12-2

    The West Brunswick High School volleyball continues to build momentum as it heads into the state playoffs by winning for the 12th time in 14 matches.

    The Trojans rallied from a first-game loss to beat Laney 15-25, 25-14, 25-13, 25-20 Thursday at West.

    “If we can erase the first game, we played great,” West coach Leslie Reeves said. “Other than that, everybody played great that I put in.”

    West trailed 14-11 in the first game when Laney scored seven straight points for a 21-11 lead en route to the victory.

  • Coastal care van provides mammograms for uninsured women

    BOLIVIA—Every month, New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Coastal Care Van cruises into five counties to provide mammograms for women, including the uninsured.

    Since 1998, the Coastal Care Van has been traveling through New Hanover, Brunswick, Pender, Onslow and Duplin counties to provide women with screening mammograms.

    The Coastal Care Van kicked off Breast Cancer Month on Oct. 1 by stopping at the Brunswick County Health Department to perform screening mammograms and talk about early detection.