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Today's News

  • Since it’s Heart Month be good to your heart

    Ah, February! It’s that sweet time of year when our thoughts turn to roses, romance and chocolate. 

    American Heart Month is also a wonderful time to appreciate the daily beat of your own heart and to renew your personal commitment to taking care of it. If you have neglected that important organ a little more than you should have this past year, these tips will get you back on track. 

    Limit unhealthy fats 

  • Herbs and spices add significant flavors to Creole dishes

    Creole cooking is based upon French stews and soups, but was mainly influenced by Spanish, African and Native-American cooking.

    The Spanish were responsible for the use of cooked onions, green peppers, tomatoes and garlic. African chefs are best known for introducing okra to Creole cooking. Crawfish, shrimp, oysters, crabs and pecans, native to the area, eventually found their way into both Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

    The use of filé, a powdered herb from sassafras leaves, came from the Choctaw Indians, which was then used to thicken gumbo. 

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 19, 20, 24 and 25 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDC, Brunswick County Detention Center; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Corrections.

    Wednesday, Jan. 19, traffic court

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

    Maria D. Aguillonprado, PG improper equipment.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Jan. 24:

    Clarence Franklin Alston II, 49, of 708 Park Ave., Leland; felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver cocaine, misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia.

  • Community briefs

     Arts ‘feminar’ set for Feb. 12

    GFWC-NC District 7 is sponsoring an arts “feminar” titled, “I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning,” from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Pre-registration is required for lunch.

    The leader of the “feminar,” Dr. Mamie McCullough from Dallas, Texas, has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to become a motivational speaker.

  • January has come and gone; have you kept your resolutions?

    Hello, February, welcome to 2011. It seems like the new year just got started and already we’re rolling into a new month.

    As January drew to a close, a lot of people were looking back at the resolutions they made last Dec. 31. How successful have you been in keeping your resolutions?

    One of my resolutions was to be healthier in 2011 than I was in 2010. One of the ways I committed to do that was kick caffeine, coffee and aspartame to the curb.

    How am I doing so far in 2011?

  • Making the switch to a new radio system is the right thing to do

    Since 2004, Brunswick County has invested millions of dollars to purchase a new emergency radio system and maintain and repair it.

    The problem is, even with all of that money dedicated to it, some of the men and women who use it regularly—emergency responders whose lives depend on it—say the system doesn’t always work.

  • County looks to change emergency radio system

    For the second time in less than 10 years, the county will revamp its emergency communications.

    Also, for the second time in less than 10 years, millions of dollars will be invested into the changeover.

    In 2004, it cost the county about $3.9 million to convert radio systems. Today, county officials plan to shell out another $1.9 million to switch again.

  • Commissioners react to second radio system changeover in less than 10 years

    BOLIVIA—In 2004, Brunswick County Commissioners approved changing over the county’s system of radio frequencies and repeaters to the SmartLink radio system, which they were told would revolutionize the county’s radio system.

    But, for the second time in less than 10 years, county commissioners are again about to approve the changeover, this time from SmartLink to the Voice Interoperability Plan for Emergency Responders radio system, or VIPER.

  • Sheriff: Deputy not fired for code of conduct violation

    Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram said sheriff’s office Sgt. Moses Stanley was not terminated from the sheriff’s office because of a code of conduct violation.

    Stanley, 61, serves as vice-chair of the Brunswick County Board of Social Services, which would have been a violation of the county’s code of conduct, had Stanley still been employed with the county.

    The code of conduct, approved by commissioners in December, prohibits county employees from serving on appointed boards or committees.