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Today's News

  • A year-end review of 2016

    By Bob Etheridge

    Guest Columnist

    For two years in a row, North Carolina’s agricultural community has received a devastating blow because of natural disasters. From 2015’s cold winter and fall to 2016 dry spring to 2016’s hurricane and rain in the fall on the east and the fires and drought in the west, North Carolina’s terrain has seen better days.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Dec. 16-31 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Dec. 16

    Identity theft at CVS. Victim’s information was used to get $400 from the ATM.

    Dec. 18

    Identity theft at the ATM off Seaside Road to get $500.

    Dec. 20

    Identity theft over the Internet to get $1,501.29 from the victim’s account.

    Dec. 21

    Breaking and entering on Oyster Bay Drive several TVs stolen.

  • Interim Sunset Beach police chief’s guns stolen from department vehicle

    Shallotte police are investigating the theft of firearms from the vehicle of Sunset Beach Interim Police Chief Joe Smith.

    Four firearms, ammunition, several magazines from each gun and an LA Police Gear bag were reported stolen Dec. 5 from Smith’s vehicle parked in the driveway of his home on Owendon Drive in Shallotte.

  • District court docket for Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22

     The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 22 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, Dec. 19

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Med instead of meds

     Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. Everyone else is writing them this week. I do have an idea for you on a way to eat healthier in 2017 that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. I’m suggesting eating the “med” way.

  • Dogs make us better

     Pets make us better people. If you’re reading this, you already knew that. If you’re not, well, who cares? According to a recent survey, dogs “make their people better.” Setting aside my initial reaction of, “WHAT ABOUT CATS!!??” I’ll go along with this blatantly biased survey from BarkBox, purveyors of a subscription toy service for, you guessed it, dogs. I’ll overlook their forgetting my feline family members and focus on their findings that validate sharing our homes with pets make us better people. This time.

  • Why most New Year’s resolutions don’t work

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Jan. 17: the expiration date of most New Year’s resolutions. What’s up with that?

    Let’s face it … are many of your resolutions the same ones you set last year, and the year before? Hmmmm — if they were working, would you be setting them again?

     

    Deja vu

    Although I’m not a mind reader, I’m guessing your resolutions sound something like this:

         *Lose weight

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

    Biron. One word in secret.

    Princess of France. Let it not be sweet.

    Biron. Thou grievest my gall.

    Princess of France. Gall! bitter.

                                        Love’s Labors Lost, Act 5, scene 2.

     

  • Pearl onions are milder and sweeter than large bulb onions

     Tiny and sweet, pearl onions come in yellow, red and white varieties, with the latter being the most common. These little beauties look just like regular onions, but are about the size of a jawbreaker. They add flavor and texture to any dish.

    I had always avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But, once you learn how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how really easy it is.

  • Heal is spelled with the ‘h’ from hear