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Today's News

  • Last-minute training for high school reunion ain't for sissies

    It’s strenuous and stressful but not impossible.

    As the late, always-in-shape Jack LaLanne might’ve said before his 78th Berkeley High School gathering (if there was one) — you, too, can start training for your high school reunion no matter where on the horizon it may be looming. And, believe me, m’dears, it is looming.

    For some time now, I’ve been trying to shape up for my own milestone high school reunion, whose number shall remain discreet because, blissfully, I can’t remember what it is.

  • Carolina Shores relays improved communications

    CAROLINA SHORES — The town is in the process of implementing modes of improving communications with residents.

    Town administrator Jon Mendenhall said those efforts are being conducted by way of the town website, www.carolinashoresnc.com.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Aug. 4 during a grand jury session:

    Nicholas Baggatta, two counts of felony larceny, two counts of obtain property false pretense.

    Tate Warren Barr, larceny of motor vehicle.

    Charles Jacob Bennett, obtain property by false pretense.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Aug. 6, 7, 8, 11 and 12 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.

     

    Wednesday, Aug 6

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    Deann Christine Ameri, PG improper equipment.

  • Synagogue stones bear rock-hard reality

     It was the last day of our Connecticut trip, the climax to an emotional five days that included the final memorial service for our daughter, Jeannine. I suspected it would be a roller coaster ride soaring upward with faith and trust only to descend into a pit of sadness. This was the service where family and longtime friends arrived to mourn our loss while rejoicing in Jeannine’s — and heaven’s — gain. Despite my best efforts to prepare for it, my heart broke and tears flowed with grand abandon.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     Humans are very good at coming up with mental images of what various objects around them ought to look like. It is a basic way of bringing order into the chaotic world in which we live. For instance, when you think of the word “flower,” you generally have a reasonably well-defined notion of what a typical flower looks like: sepals, petals, stamens and pistils, even if you don’t know all the parts like a botanist. This week, we have a plant that offers us something that looks like a flower … or is it?

  • A look at HFCS: High-fructose corn syrup

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    When talking nutrition these days, one of the buzzwords — actually, four words — is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s the subject of lots of discussion and questions among both consumers and those in the nutrition and health professions.

  • Green beans are a popular, warm-season, home garden vegetable

     Do you know what the most popular, edible pod bean is in this country? It’s green beans, otherwise known as snap or string bean. Not only are green beans a popular home-garden vegetable, they are also plentiful at our local farm markets and produce stands during this warm season.

    I remember my aunt pulling the “string” on these beans, noticeable when you snapped off the ends. The “snapping” noise is the reason for its other nickname.

     

  • Bourland-Regan engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashley Victoria Bourland and Colin Regan of Charleston, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jimmy and Melody Bellamy of Shallotte and granddaughter of Grace Stone of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Hubert and Ophelia Bellamy of Shallotte. She is a graduate of West Brunswick High School and received a Bachelor of Science in business operations and marketing from UNCW. After a fall wedding, the couple will reside in Charleston, S.C., where she will continue working with the family business.

  • Search waters near favorite fishing hole

     By Capt. Derek Treffinger