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Today's News

  • Swamp park adventures, part I

    The fine folks at Shallotte River Swamp Park were kind enough to let a few of my coworkers and me take a spin — or rather, zip — on one of the zip line courses there last week.

    While my colleagues zipped through it with relative ease, my experience was more of a zap, like an insect making a beeline directly into a bug light.

  • Risk of botulism is real

     I was surprised and saddened to hear someone died earlier this year from a rare foodborne illness –– botulism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are only about 145 cases of botulism in the United States each year and in 15 percent of these cases, the culprit is home-canned foods. While these numbers are low, it can happen.

  • What is obscenity and what do we do about it?
  • Families celebrate spring with simple backyard dining

     Do you remember when picnics used to be the norm? Didn’t our ancestors eat outdoors more often than not? Small towns in the Midwest where I grew up nearly all included a small public park, usually located at the center of town surrounding the courthouse. These centralized parks frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     I remember an early summer road trip … it was 1982. The route: Meriden, Conn., to Middlebury, Vt., and seemingly everywhere in between. A Southern boy botanizing in New England always finds lots of cool plants to see and learn, and this in one of them.

     

  • Marshals arrest Lenoir County man in Leland

     The U.S. Marshals Service arrested a man wanted in a Lenoir County shooting in Leland on Wednesday, June 3.

    Daesean Lindrae Johnson, 20, of Kinston, was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill and inflict serious injury in the May 28 shooting, jail records show.

    No other details of his arrest were provided.

    Johnson is incarcerated at the W.E. “Billy” Smith Detention Center in Kinston on $500,000 bail.

  • Man accused of sexually assaulting girl in Brunswick County

     A Castle Hayne man is accused of sexually assaulting a child in Brunswick County.

    Deputies arrested 19-year-old Kymond Juantorey Auther on Saturday, June 6, and charged him with first-degree sex offense with a child.

    Auther is accused of sexually assaulting a girl younger than 13 between July 1, 2014, and July 31, 2014, a warrant shows.

    He is incarcerated at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on $200,000 bail. 

  • Leland woman charged with insurance fraud

     A Leland woman is accused of falsely claiming stolen property to an insurance company for reimbursement.

    Twenty-seven-year-old Rebecca McKinney Spencer was arrested June 1 on charges of insurance fraud and obtaining property by false pretenses, according to a North Carolina Department of Insurance news release.

    Spencer is accused of fraudulently obtaining more than $4,000 from American Modern Home Insurance Co. by claiming jewelry and electronics had been stolen from her apartment in January.

  • Freeman graduates from basic

     Army Pvt. Terry R. Freeman, son of Wanda Freeman of Lumberton, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

     

  • Southport police chief announces retirement

     Southport is actively searching for its next police chief after Jerry Dove announced his retirement from the position last week.

    Dove is in his 49th year as a law enforcement officer. His retirement is effective Oct. 1.

    Southport Mayor Robert Howard said Dove was a loyal servant to the Southport community and, more importantly, “a dear friend.”