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Today's News

  • We expect elected leaders to follow all laws

    Just 25 days after North Carolina Governor Mike Easley proclaimed March 20, 2008 “Sunshine Day” in North Carolina, nine media organizations filed a lawsuit against him for refusing to comply with public records law.

    Sunshine Day is part of the nationwide celebration of “Sunshine Week,” a week that highlights citizens’ rights to public records.

    The Sunshine Laws and North Carolina Public Records Laws exist to ensure the public has the right to access government documents.

  • Earth Day pays tribute to whole wide world

    All you had to do to know it was Earth Day was log onto Google on Tuesday.

    There it was on Google’s “classic” home Web page—an idyllic mountain-and-waterfall scene in vivid blue and green. All it lacked was the sound effects of a gurgling brook and chirping birds.

    Normally, my daily iGoogle page features a cute cartoon frog and ladybug as they go through their day, drinking coffee in the morning (probably in recyclable Google cups).

    Then they play outdoor games such as croquet, also in an idyllic, blue-and-green spring setting.

  • Local political committees have important decisions ahead

    In the coming weeks, representatives from the Republican and Democratic parties here in Brunswick County have some very important decisions to make.

    The Republican Party will be looking for someone to fill the shoes of David Sandifer, a longtime county commissioner and commissioners’ chair, who died after a battle with cancer.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 9, 10, 11, 14 and 15 in Bolivia.

    Wednesday, April 9

    Judge Marion R. Warren presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Michelle Warth:

  • Bolivia Elementary announces honor roll, awards

    Bolivia Elementary School has announced its honor roll and student awards for the third nine weeks. They are as follows:

    A Honor Roll

  • What can you do? More than you think

    Thirty-four children in North Carolina died as a result of child abuse in 2006.

    That’s not just a statistic. That’s 34 people who will never go to high school, go on a first date, get married or have children of their own—34 souls that came into the world pure and full of promise for the future and who never had a chance.

  • The full flavor of pecans add a unique, rich taste to many foods

    You say PEE-can, I say pa-KAWN, or so the saying goes. However, a new national survey finds PEE-can is the overwhelming choice among Americans.

    Nearly half of all pecan consumers prefer this pronunciation of the all-American tree nut, with the rest of the nation roughly split between pa-KAWN and PEE-kawn.

    With April being National Pecan Month, now is the perfect time for all of us to start taking advantage of the versatility of pecans and reaping the health benefits at the same time.

    PECAN HISTORY

  • Follow these tips to help ensure healthy bones

    Building strong bones is a lot like building a healthy balance in your “calcium bank account.” Bones are living tissue and constantly in a state of turnover, making calcium deposits and withdrawals daily. Bones don’t come with a lifetime guarantee. They need continuing maintenance or they can weaken and break.

  • Chicks are hatching in classrooms all over the county

    Since March 11, South Brunswick Middle School teacher Michele Rau’s class has been awaiting the arrival of chicks to hatch from eggs.

    Rau, her assistant, Mrs. Jenkins, and students, Morgan Morgan, Travis Christman, Kelly Ulloa, Theresa Dagostino and Amber Mintz, have carefully turned the eggs three times a day in the incubator and studied about chickens during their class project.

    After hatching, they took care of the chicks for a few days before they were picked up by Blair Green, Extension agent, 4-H Youth Development and Livestock.

  • Roadside nursery a growing attraction in Calabash

    CALABASH—Lois Wilkinson brakes for plants, especially those she saw for sale at Carolyn’s Flowers on Persimmon Road last week.

    “I just heard about this place,” Wilkinson said, browsing the latest spring array of potted flowers and plants Calabash native Carolyn Schreiber has cultivated to sell for another season at the roadside stand in front of her house.

    “I need flowers that need a lot of sun,” Wilkinson said as Schreiber, a natural-born gardener, assisted her.