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Today's News

  • Strangers in a foreign land become friends

    Every once in a while, Hubby Dear and I opt to attend a church service for the Latino community. Neither of us speak nor read Spanish, so it is both an adventure and a challenge to be participants, not just visitors. It is also a tremendous learning experience.

    We listen for words similar to our own native language or ones that are ring more familiarly with other languages we know or have studied. We follow along with prayers in the rite, whispering them as an English accompaniment to the variety of Spanish accents ringing around us.

  • For most Southern folks, Brunswick stew is pure comfort

    I remember reading somewhere about men being from Mars and women from Venus. If we are talking about the eating department, that could be true. When it comes to comfort foods, most men prefer hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no preparation.

    Most of us men find comfort in foods associated with meals prepared by our mothers, such as mashed potatoes, pasta, meat and soup, rather than snacks and sweets … except for ice cream! But what is comfort for men is just work for women.

  • Eating to lower cholesterol

    For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  • Retrieving information from your brain

    By Katie McKee

    Brunswick County 4-H Agent

    Earlier this month, I showed you how concept mapping can be a great tool to MOVE (meaningful, organized, visual, elaborative) information from the fragile working memory to the more rugged long-term memory. Now it’s time to practice the R in MOVE(R): Retrieving it!

  • Holden Beach Police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department event summary for Aug. 1 – 31, 2014.

    Total number of Events: 244

    911 hang up/open line: 7

    No event type specified: 2

    Alarm activation: 10

    Animal complaint: 16

    Arrest: 1

    Assist motorist: 9

    Assist other agency: 10

    Attempt to locate-ATL: 23

    Business check: 51

    Disturbance/fight: 9

    Domestic disturbance: 2

    EMS/Medical call: 18

    Fire call: 2

    Fireworks: 1

    Found property: 4

  • Leland Police reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    September 9

    Heather Nicole Lanier, 27, 602 Willow Drive, Winnabow, arrested for driving while impaired after officers found her and her vehicle wrecked on Grandiflora Drive.

    September 10

    Terry Williams Spicer, 49, 821 Fanning Street, Wilmington, arrested on an order for arrest for failure to appear in court on a driving while impaired charge from Brunswick County.

  • Shallotte Police reports

    Shallotte Police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    September 5

    Christopher Jared Farmer, 28, 370 Gray Bridge Road, arrested for assault on a female.

    Jermaine Wrathel Bland, 22, 1154 Hale Swamp Road, arrested for assault on a female.

    Simple assault by suspect pushing the victim down while trying to take away keys.

    September 7

  • North Brunswick Chamber hosts first NC Rice Festival, Sept. 20-21

    The first North Carolina Rice Festival, a new weekend event to recognize the cash crop that helped establish Brunswick County, is coming Sept. 20-21.

    The festival will be at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park at 580 River Road, just across the street from Belville Elementary, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 20, and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21.

    W.C. Lanier, owner of Cape Fear Wildlife Expo, has partnered with the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce to create the event based on festivals in rice states of Texas, Georgia, Louisiana and Arkansas.

  • Belville proposes Riverwalk to Battleship connection

    Following the success of planning and funding the first phase of the Brunswick Riverwalk park, Belville officials are thinking regionally by trying to bridge their park to the USS North Carolina Battleship park.

    Commissioner Joe Breault spoke at the Eagles Island Coalition Sept. 3 meeting to propose Belville, the Eagles Island Coalition and the Battleship Park work together on a bike and pedestrian trail that would run along the Belville side of the Brunswick River to an unused road that runs parallel to U.S. 17/74/76.

  • Shallotte supporting alcohol abstinence program in schools

    Shallotte officials agreed to the town’s ABC Board request to approve spending $2,000 to support a program to stop underage drinking.

    The Sold Out School Alcohol Abstinence Program uses school assembly programs then follows up with social networking and family and community support to provide drug and alcohol education and life skills to eliminate underage drinking and drug use.

    Five assemblies are planned to present to middle school students in the fall and five high school assemblies will take place in the spring.