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Today's News

  • Tomatoes at heart of family’s annual summer competition

     SHALLOTTE — You say “tomato,” I say, “That’s the biggest one I’ve seen this season.”

    For a third consecutive year, Brunswick County residents Orbie Eugene Inman, Mitchell Jacobs and Thurman Jacobs competed against each other in the 2015 “Largest Tomato Grown” award competition.

    It’s no surprise the competitors each have a green thumb. Mitchell and Thurman Jacobs are brothers and their sister, Doris Inman, is the wife of the competition’s third competitor, Orbie Eugene.

  • Schools superintendent: District won’t lay off staff

     While legislators work to create a budget for the current 2015-16 fiscal year, Brunswick County Schools anticipate more budget cuts for public education.

    Superintendent Les Tubb said he expects fewer resources when the budget is passed than the district has had in years past.

    Regardless of the outcome, Tubb said, Brunswick County Schools will not terminate any of its employees.

  • New students, veteran teachers learn together on first day of school

     SHALLOTTE — Bonnie Stanley-Verzella left her house Monday, Aug. 24, just a few miles away from the school she has called home almost her entire life to go to work.

    Stanley-Verzella, or Mrs. Stanley-V as she is affectionately called by her kindergarteners, attended Union Elementary School as a student. She returned to the Shallotte campus as a teacher where she has taught for the last 23 years.

  • Pennsylvania Dutch food is still quite popular in the South

     Late in the 17th century, a cultural group formed by early German-speaking immigrants, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes. Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.

  • Positive over punishment pet training

     One of the most common questions I hear from pet owners is what is the best way to train their dog or cat. They are often confused by questionable “dominance” or “pack leader” techniques popular on reality television. They’ve been bamboozled by apparent quick fixes and magical cures for often complex animal behaviors an onscreen personality miraculously manages to correct within a 30-minute show. I wish.

  • Blanching vegetables not always necessary

     At a recent food preservation class, the topic of blanching came up. The question: “Do you always have to blanch vegetables before freezing them?”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • Tough love: Is it harder to take or to dish out?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Off and on I’ve had to engage in the art of tough love. Now I know how it got its name! I’m just wondering whether it’s tougher on the receiver — or the sender.

    Tough love has been defined as “an expression used when someone treats another person harshly or sternly with the intent to help them in the long run.”

     

    Prunes Theory of Life

  • There is pain and power in deciding

     Decision-making is, at once, the most difficult and the most liberating of all human activities. Even the most forthright and determined persons feel the unique suffering involved in making a choice. We all know each “yes” we pronounce commits us to a “no” as well. Every choice has a consequence.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 10, 11, 12, 13 and 14 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Aug. 10

    Judge William F. Fairley presided over the following cases with prosecutor Courtney Sanford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham: