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Today's News

  • Roads project creating difficulties for Ocean Isle Beach motorists

     OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Eventually, a new road that connects Ocean Isle Beach Road and N.C. 179 will benefit thousands of motorists each day in Brunswick County.

    Right now, it seems, the road construction is only creating headaches for drivers on the highly traveled Ocean Isle Beach, or Foul Mile Road.

    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) closed a portion of Ocean Isle Beach Road, between Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 179 (Beach Drive), beginning Jan. 5.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 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.

     

    Tuesday, Dec. 30

    Judges Jerry A. Jolly and Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over two days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 30 and Jan. 2 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.

     

    Tuesday, Dec. 30

    Judges Jerry A. Jolly and Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor W. Fred Gore and courtroom clerk Kimberly Register:

  • What color is God? God is the color of water
  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson 

    Ah, once again, the tomato family!

  • New year starts out rough for many

    For me, 2015 started with a cough, followed by sneezing, and later a massive headache, swollen face, nausea, fever and chills. It wasn’t the flu or strep throat, thankfully. It was just a nasty upper respiratory infection that flattened me for the better part of the following week.

    “You get sick like this every time you’re under a lot of stress,” the nurse said, patiently explaining — again — how my continued inability to cope weakens my immune system. New year, same old me.

  • Do-it-yourself salad dressing

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse 

    In an effort to eat more healthfully in the New Year, are you finding yourself trying to eat more salads? That’s great. Salads can be low in calories and high in fiber while adding some of those important vegetables to your diet, but finding a good salad dressing that isn’t too high in calories, fats or sodium isn’t easy. Reading the nutrition facts labels on commercial salad dressings can really disappoint and discourage even the most healthful eater.

  • Take flu epidemic seriously

    Most of the nation — including North Carolina — is in the throes of a flu epidemic, according to the latest map by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    The situation is serious enough that it prompted Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center to ask those who are not patients and younger than 18 to stay out of its facilities for now. New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington soon followed suit, enacting a similar policy prohibiting those 12 and younger from visiting its locations.

  • Use rich, creamy risotto as a main course or even in soups

     Soups, casseroles and roasted veggies are great wintertime dishes. So why do we tend to just relegate them to a small portion of our plate, especially when they’re so filling? Why not feature them as a main course instead of focusing on the usual proteins and carbos? Protein can be served up in other forms, whether incorporated in the soup or casserole, or just providing a variety of cheeses and toasted seeds or nuts.

  • Re-enactors, speakers, tours, vendors highlight Fort Fisher 150th anniversary

    Authors and historians are among invitees at a two-day 150th anniversary event this weekend at Fort Fisher State Historic Site.

    “Nor Shall Your Glory Be Forgot: the 150th Anniversary of the 2nd Battle of Fort Fisher,” is scheduled for Jan. 17 and 18 at the historic site in Kure Beach.