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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!

  • County’s child poverty rate is alarming, unethical

    Reasonable people understand children

    are not responsible for the conditions into which they are born: healthy or diseased, wealthy or poor, cherished or forgotten.

    The most recent report released March 28 by NC Child shows more than half — 55.4 percent — of Brunswick County children continue to live in “poor or near poor” homes.

    Myriad studies and ample research has shown us how important it is to nurture children, especially early in their development.

  • How complaining affects you mentally and physically

    By Linda Arnold
    You may not think you complain very much.  

    I’d challenge you, though, to put a covered rubber band on your wrist for a few hours and snap it whenever you catch yourself whining about something — internally or externally.

    Just like smoking or overeating, complaining is a habit. And, when you repeat a behavior over and over, the neurons in your brain form familiar “go-to” pathways.

  • Leduc graduates from basic training

    Air Force Airman Collin M. Leduc has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas. He is the son of Robert Leduc of Southbury, Conn., and Laura Nelson of Lansing, Mich., and brother of Molly Ennis of Ocean Isle Beach and Ryan Dent of Lansing.

  • Come Saturday morning … God’s calling

    Come Saturday morning my daughter and I chat about this and that. We catch up on all the doings and delights, fun and fears of the week. We laugh uproariously at the silly stuff and engage in mutual angst over our faults and foibles, mishaps and perceived mayhem. We recollect and reconstruct all that has kept us in contained annoyance during the week. It’s more than a delightful weekly encounter. It’s a deliberate engagement that deepens our union and enhances our enjoyment of each other. It’s mom and daughter, woman to woman, friend with friend. And I love it.

  • 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.