Today's News

  • What has happened to the neighborhood glue which holds society together?
  • New LCAC manager wants to put programs into community hands

    LELAND — The future of the Leland Cultural Arts Center will be molded by manager Julianne Scott, who started working for the town March 29.

    “My main concern is growth. We want to expand our offerings to get more people here, especially more young people,” Scott said.

    Leland officials set goals at a Jan. 28 vision meeting for LCAC to add more classes and activities with a new manager after Jill Brown resigned as manager at the end of 2015.

  • Leland pinwheels for child abuse prevention

    LELAND — Leland police built a pinwheel garden in the grass in front of town hall this week to promote awareness of child abuse prevention.

    Lts. Jeremy Humphries and Josh Spence, Officers Inman Rahman and Jackie Roman, and intern Tyler McElroy helped set up the display with pinwheels and signs of support in an effort to get the word out about Child Abuse Prevention Month, which is observed in April.

  • County unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February from January’s 8.1 percent.

    The rate is still higher at the start of 2016 than 2015. February of 2015 was down to 7.5 percent from 8.0 percent unemployment in January 2015.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 5.7 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January.

  • Shaking the salt habit


    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.


    Cutting back is easier said than done

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    O thou weed,

    Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee.

                    William Shakespeare, Othello; Act 4, scene 2


     Even weeds can be wonderful.

  • This is how you know it’s going to be a long night

    This week I am going to let the fine people who read this into the newsroom to experience what it is like when the day goes long and we are waiting on one more report before the paper goes to press so we can call it a day.

    It isn’t a weekly occurrence, despite the fact we’re a weekly paper, but there are days that seem to stretch into infinity and that is when the philosophical questions of our time get asked and answered — like last week, when I first proposed my unifying theory of fast-food chicken places out loud.

  • Annual plant sale heralds spring


    Spring fever outbreaks have been tempered by the cool breath of Old Man Winter during the past few days, but rest assured that a brand new gardening season is heating up. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

  • Kid’s best friend: Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of asthma
  • Why is it so hard to say what you mean?

      By Linda Arnold


    It sounds so simple: Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    Then, why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.