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Today's News

  • ‘Pistaco’ shows love abides in the end

    Love stories mingled with terror are not my usual reading fare. However, “Pistaco: A Tale of Love in the Andes,” written by Lynne Monahan intrigued me. At first, I was drawn to the fact the author had lived in Connecticut, my birthplace. There was another serendipitous surprise: the hero of the piece is described as a priest who served his early ministry in the Archdiocese of Hartford — where I had also spent many years in church work, as did Hubby Dear.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

  • A mix of greens, fruit, cheese and nuts makes ‘the perfect salad’

    As the temperatures have risen in the last few weeks, the appeal of crisp, healthy and delicious summer salads has been increasing. Salads are probably one of easiest dishes to prepare and you can choose from a variety of different type of greens, fresh veggies, cheeses, nuts and fruits.

    For all you meat lovers out there, salads can work as either an appetizer or a meal and feature hot-weather favorites like grilled chicken, steak, shrimp and salmon tossed with some fresh greens, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

  • How to preserve foods by freezing them

    We recently completed a four-week series on food preservation at the Extension office’s demonstration kitchen. In this class we made a peach and blueberry jam, pressure-canned carrots and made quick-pack pickles. Participants put on aprons and got into the kitchen complete these processes firsthand. In addition to these canning techniques, the students had lots of questions about another method of food preservation: freezing foods.

  • Study: Dogs more likely to steal food when they think you’re not looking

    I’ve known for a long time my dogs are smart. I know this because if I leave food out and turn my attention away for a second, the food is gone. They know that when opportunity knocks, eat it.

    Scientists at the University of Portsmouth suspected dogs were pretty smart, too. In fact, scientists in the psychology department led by Dr. Juliane Kaminski speculated that dogs had the ability to understand a human’s point of view. In other words, researchers wanted to test the hypothesis that dogs knew when we weren’t looking.

  • District Court docket for June 23

    The following cases were adjudicated over one day of District Criminal Court on June 23 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 Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Friday, June 23

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

    Gregory Dion Ager Jr., PG improper equipment.

  • Southport police seek two in Wal-Mart larceny

    Southport police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying a man and woman who stole more than $1,000 in items from Wal-Mart at 2 p.m. Friday, Chief Gary Smith said in a Facebook post.

    The man and woman are both white and with a small build. The man also has a tattoo on his right forearm.

    Anyone with information is asked to call Sgt. Kevin Long at 457-7911.

  • Beach House Harley H.O.G. Chapter 2495

    Most everyone who comes to Brunswick County has a favorite activity they came for, whether it was golfing, boating or fishing, but the Beach House Harley Owners Group (H.O.G.) Chapter 2495, their something is motorcycles.

    “The ride is what it’s all about,” Beach House H.O.G. assistant director Bob Cervelli said.

    Beach House Harley-Davidson started its club and when it opened in 2009.

  • Former school board member convicted of embezzlement

    Former Brunswick County Board of Education member Raymond Carl Gilbert will serve three years probation after he was convicted Friday of two felony counts of embezzlement by an officer of a charitable organization.

    Gilbert, 50, of Ash was arrested in June 2013 amid accusations he stole $1,128 sometime between Nov. 1, 2011, and June 3, 2012, and $2,500 sometime between July 1, 2012, and June 20, 2013, from the Parent Teacher Association at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash. He was indicted on the two charges July 20, 2015.

  • Navassa hosts 36th anniversary Homecoming weekend

    Navassa hosts its 36th Homecoming weekend with events Thursday, Friday and Saturday, July 6-8.

    Navassa is a town with a population just below 2,000, but the annual homecoming can attract more than 5,000 people during the three-day event including residents, visitors from the surrounding area people with ties to the predominantly an African-American community returning to see family and friends.