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Today's News

  • Civic groups meet for forum on sharing services

    BOLIVIA — About 30 people, representing the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, a half dozen advocacy groups and a church, attended the first meeting to organize assistance for victims of sexual abuse and sex trafficking March 24.

    “Although we’re few in numbers today, the fact that we care is enough. It will be a ripple to attract other people,” said Chris Coli from Crosswinds Church.

  • Building permit numbers back to Brunswick County peak

    Brunswick County is back to living up to its reputation as one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, if not the nation.

    Residential construction permits in the county and its municipalities surpassed 2,000 permits in fiscal year 2015-16, the first time since FY 2006-07.

    The pre-housing bubble high for the county reached 2,841 residential permits in 2006-07. In 2015-16, the county hit 2,077.

    Builder Doky Saffo knew what he was doing when he built Olde Towne, one of the first subdivisions in northern Brunswick County back in 1980.

  • Carolina Bays routes still a year away

    CAROLINA SHORES — North Carolina Division of Transportation representatives said proposed routes for the Carolina Bays Parkway are at least a year away from completion.

    More than 100 southern Brunswick County residents attended the NCDOT-hosted meeting Tuesday afternoon, March 28, at the South Brunswick Islands Center.

    Homeowners wanted assurances their tax money wasn’t going to plan a highway that would be built through their residences, their neighborhoods or anywhere in the southern end of the county.

  • Wildfire contained, 123 acres burned

     Staff Report

     

    A wildfire near Boiling Spring Lakes burned 123 acres before being contained by the N.C. Forest Service on Tuesday.

    “It was very intense for a while,” said Shane Hardee, district forester for the N.C. Forest Service, after viewing the area by helicopter Tuesday afternoon. “At this time we are calling the fire contained.”

    The fire was reported Monday, March 27, between 8:30 and 9 p.m. in a wooded area between Charlotte Road and the Sunny Point railroad tracks.

  • Put your best fork forward

     It seems like every organization has a special day, week or month they use to promote what’s important to them. Last week I wrote about Living Well month, a celebration of Extension Family and Consumer Sciences. This week I’m writing about National Nutrition Month, which is also celebrated each year in March. This nutrition and education campaign is created by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have worked closely with members of this the academy for many years and admire and respect them and the work they do.

  • Pet obesity Q&A

     Without a doubt, the majority of questions I receive from pet parents involve nutrition and what they’re feeding their dog or cat. The next most common questions involve weight-related disorders such as osteoarthritis, diabetes, respiratory and kidney disease, and cancers. Because pet obesity is such a huge problem (pun intended), I thought I’d share with you some recent questions and brief answers about excess weight in companion animals. 

     

    How many pets are overweight in the U.S.?

  • Are you springing into action — or postponing joy?

     By Linda Arnold

    Here it is — my favorite season! At least according to the calendar.

    I’m not sure Mother Nature has gotten the memo that it’s officially spring — at least not on a consistent level. As poet Henry Van Dyke said, “The first day of Spring is one thing, and the first spring day is another. The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • Wild columbine in the garden

      

     

    By Sam Marshall

     

  • An exquisitely connected world is always about critical connections, never critical mass

     The emails I receive often carry with them little nuggets of wisdom. I am struck with the wisdom and inspired to ponder them beyond a glance and a quick move to the next objet d’art. This one was presented by Grace Lee Boggs via the Daily Good website. She wrote: “We never know how our small activities will affect others through the invisible fabric of our connectedness. In this exquisitely connected world, it’s never a question of ‘critical mass.’ It's always about critical connections.”