Today's News

  • District court docket for Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15


    The following cases were adjudicated over four days of District Criminal Court on Dec. 12, 13, 14 and 15 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 Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.


    Tuesday, Dec. 12

    Judge W. Fred Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Some of the most interesting field trips a botanist can take are right there in your own backyard: this has been proven over and over again. Right now I’m at work, sitting in my office at the university, and although it’s not exactly my backyard, our campus here in Columbia, S.C., is also very interesting botanically. I want to take you on a little “mental” tour of one part of it.

  • What do you need to let go in the coming year?

    By Linda Arnold

    Here we are at the end of another year. A good time to take stock of our lives.

    While you may be focused on what you want to bring into your life, it’s also helpful to examine what you may need to release.

    After all, it’s a two-way street. And there’s only so much capacity. There may even be competing interests with what you say you want to bring in and what already exists on your platter.

  • Leland Police Department reports

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 11

    Two counterfeit $50 bills passed at the Pop Shoppe CITGO gas station on Village Road.

    Dec. 12

    David Saez II, 36, of Lock Wood Drive, Wilmington, was arrested on a misdemeanor warrant.

    Larceny of copper wire and tubing worth $1,000 from a Village Road residential construction.

  • Shallotte Police Department reports

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made an arrest in the past two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 15

    Counterfeit $100 bill received at the Scotchman convenience store and Shell gas station on Main Street.

    Dec. 18

    Counterfeit $10 bill received at the Scotchman convenience store and Shell gas station on Main Street.

    Dec. 19

    Larceny of $237.04 after breaking into a cash register at Wal-Mart on Main Street.

  • A slow cooker just makes life easier

    One of the most essential pieces of equipment in the kitchen is the slow cooker, or CrockPot can add the worst quality (toughest) meat to a slow cooker, and once finished cooking, it will be the tenderest meat you have ever tasted!

    If your slow cooker isn’t already your favorite thing ever for cooking, it’s time for it to become that! Liquids can be decreased in slow cooking. And if your dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough. To enhance the taste, try substituting wine for some of the water in your recipes.

  • Winter’s cold enhances summer’s heat

    I just read an article that both delighted me and gave me pause. It called me to contemplate my winter angst. It asked for a rethinking of the statement I offer to explain away any perceived iciness or discontent. I tell everyone: “I give myself one season of discontent and that is winter!” Summer’s heat must be borne as gift. Its humidity now becomes moisture for the spirit. All is well in summertime because Winter is declared the season of my discontent!

  • New Year’s don’ts for your pets

    Each New Year, we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves and then promptly forget it ever happened by February.

    This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely don’t want to do, purchase or aspire to be more like. It’s time for my “New Year’s don’ts for pets.”

  • Resolutions to help with weight loss

    Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. It seems everywhere you look this week people are talking about resolutions for the New Year. But this isn’t going to be a “diet” column and I’m not going to tell you what to eat. But I do have some ideas for resolutions that can help you succeed with your goals.

  • New Belville Mayor Pro Tem questions fire fee rates

    By Brian Slattery

    Staff Writer

    Belville Town Commissioner Joe Breault raised concerns about House Bill 445 that authorizes Brunswick County to make changes to fire fees.

    Town Planner John Allen presented a brief update on Brunswick County appointing fire committee board members at Dec. 18’s town board meeting.