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Today's News

  • Four foods to fight pet allergies

    Skin allergies are some of the most common causes for veterinary visits. Itching and scratching all day and night; dry, flaky or oily skin; red, swollen, smelly and painful ears top the list of complaints. Most cases of chronic ear “infections” are often related to an underlying allergy.

    The top three causes of pet allergies are seasonal allergies (atopy), food and fleas. While allergic skin and ear conditions can have many causes, proper food and nutrition can often help lessen a suffering pet’s symptoms.

  • Learning about listeriosis

    A couple of weeks ago a friend posted on Facebook about a food recall. The “shocking” headline was about a popular refrigerator stable having deadly bacteria. The food recall was for packaged cheese and the bacteria are Listeria monocytogenes, frequently just called Listeria. The food borne illness you get from these bacteria is called listeriosis.

  • Diva-like flowering dogwood needs extra attention

    Flowering dogwood, one of the superstars of the spring flower show, is taking center stage. The excitement over this small tree is understandable, but, before you decide to plunk down the cash to add one to your landscape, remember our official state flower can be a bit of a diva.

    You’ve probably heard that dogwood was the wood of choice for the cross used to crucify Jesus. That’s a good story but, based on the horticulture, highly unlikely. Flowering dogwood is an understory tree that would never be considered for timber.

  • Happy 95th birthday, Gene Williams: Neighbors throw party for World War II veteran

    SUNSET BEACH — It was the birthday bash to beat all birthday bashes.

    Sunday, friends and neighbors converged at the home of World War II veteran Gene Williams in Sea Trail to celebrate his 95th birthday.

    Williams, who officially reached that milestone this past Monday, April 9, was “king of honor” during the afternoon party where the crowd gathered in his garage at his home in Sea Trail.

  • Child poverty, hunger still at issue in county

    Child poverty and hunger are still major problems in Brunswick County, according to the county’s latest data card.

    Numbers released March 28 by NC Child, a statewide, nonpartisan advocacy group that wrote the report cards, show 55.4 percent of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes, cited as a major risk factor for “negative educational, health and economic outcomes in the future,” compared with 46 percent statewide.

  • County beaches earn recognition

    Brunswick County had three beaches in the top 10, but Emerald Isle was named the best beach in North Carolina by USA Today.

    Oak Island and Holden Beach came in at Nos. 2 and 3, respectively, and Sunset Beach made a showing at No. 9.

    According to 10Best.com, a panel of experts partnered with 10Best editors to pick the initial 20 nominees, and the top 10 winners were determined by popular vote of USA Today readers.

    The top 10 winners in the category Best North Carolina Beach are:

    1.     Emerald Isle

  • NRC to hold open house on Brunswick nuclear plant performance

    Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff will discuss the 2017 safety performance of the Brunswick nuclear power plant, operated by Duke Energy, during an open house April 18 at the Duke Media Center, 8520 River Road SE, Southport.

    The open house will be from 5 to 6 p.m., and NRC employees responsible for plant inspections, including the resident inspectors based full-time at the site, will be available to discuss its performance.

  • Two face murder charge after abused child dies more than 20 years later

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    BOLIVIA — Two people are charged with murder in a child abuse case reported almost 21 years ago in Brunswick County.

    David Raefore Tripp Jr., 45, of Ash was arrested April 9 and Robyn Lynn Noffsinger, 41, was arrested April 10. Both are being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility, each on $1 million bail.

  • New fire truck arrives in Ocean Isle Beach

    The newest addition to the Ocean Isle Beach Fire department has arrived: a Ferrara Fire Apparatus Inferno 107-foot, 4-inch Section Aerial Ladder Truck, which will assist the fire department in its continuous effort to secure the safety of residents and visitors to Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Coastal Ambassador training session April 18

    The North Carolina Coastal Federation’s April Southeast Coastal Ambassador training will be Part II of a series of meetings to discuss conservation work in the lower Cape Fear River basin. This training will take place at the Fred and Alice Stanback Coastal Education Center in Wrightsville Beach on April 18. An orientation for new members will begin at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 7 p.m.