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Today's News

  • Leland man indicted on first-degree murder charge in baby’s death

     BOLIVIA — A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Leland man accused of killing his girlfriend’s 15-month-old-son in January.

    Albert David Morgan, 35, and the baby’s mother, 33-year-old Angel Marie Ray, were arrested Jan. 15, the day Brayden Christopher Ray was injured, according to a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office news release. Brayden died Jan. 17.

    Morgan was indicted on first-degree murder and intentional child abuse inflicting serious bodily injury charges, court documents show.

  • Castle Hayne man indicted in fatal motorcycle crash

     A Brunswick County grand jury indicted a Castle Hayne man March 23 on a felony death by motor vehicle charge in a July motorcycle crash that killed a passenger on his bike.

    Fifty-eight-year-old James Joseph Robertson was indicted March 23 on charges of felony death by motor vehicle, driving while impaired, no motorcycle endorsement and failure to maintain lane control.

    He is charged in the death of Robert George Gallagher III, who died from injuries suffered in the wreck on U.S. 17 near Leland on July 27, court documents show.

  • End gerrymandering in North Carolina

    By Rep. Ken Goodman

    Guest Columnist

    Every two years, North Carolinians go to their polling places to cast votes for the people who will represent them in Congress and the North Carolina House and Senate. On Election Day, we want our voices to be heard, but our voices are not being heard.

    The way Congressional and legislative districts have been created has guaranteed the party in control will remain in control and the people in office will remain in office.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we introduced a flurry of bills because of the deadline for local bills, we gave final approval to the gas tax bill and we honored an icon from the stock car racing world.

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Discouragement can come from all directions

    People are still talking, either face to face or on social media, about the front page of The Indianapolis Star on March 31. The editors of the paper used its prime real estate above the fold — the part seen in newsstands — to stack three words against a dark background in huge white type below “Religious Freedom Restoration Act”: FIX. THIS. NOW. It was the headline for the paper’s editorial, running below the fold, about the state’s new law.

  • Senate Bill 369 bad for Brunswick County

    Maybe the loss of privilege licenses will not affect the bottom line of Brunswick County’s municipalities much, but Senate Bill 369 certainly will if it should become law.

  • One food that fits the definition ‘smart snack’ is popcorn

     The National Popcorn Board (yes, there is such a group; I don’t make this stuff up) says popcorn is one snack food that always makes the grade: “As a snack or complement to any meal, popcorn is delicious, easy to prepare and fun to eat. Best of all, it’s good for you.”

  • They call me the doubter

     

     

     

    I am Thomas. I am also called Didymus, the Twin. Actually, my name is Judas, but because there were so many with that name, including one who became infamous as a traitor, I gained the name Thomas. Yet my heritage — the way people remember me, with a degree of hesitancy because I remind them of their own trepidations — names and claim me as Thomas, the Doubter.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    I hereby decree that spring has arrived, along with its fragrant wisterias, brilliant jessamine, and charming crimson clover. Finally! And to celebrate, let me offer one of the most attractive of the spring-blooming southeastern species ... and a woody species, at that.

    Red flowers are not very common in our southern tree species, and certainly not tubular red flowers. This species’ flowers fit both attributes. A flash of bright red in the shady woods is always a treat, especially now.