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Today's News

  • Winter watering: Plants need less now than in summer

    By Judy Koehly 
    Master Gardener

    Plants don’t need as much care in winter as they do in summer, but it is important not to neglect watering your plants over the winter. Some ice or wind damage is unavoidable, but a lot of cold weather damage to plants’ cells is caused by dehydration. In our region, normal winter precipitation is enough for plants because their cold weather watering needs are considerably less; however, making sure your plants have adequate hydration is the best way to protect them harsh weather.

  • What to keep or get rid of in your landscape

    Winter is a good time to think about renovating your landscape. It is easier to see the bare bones of the garden without the distraction of foliage or blooms. It is always wise to keep some of the plants in an established landscape. That way you can still provide habitats for wildlife and reduce erosion. The trick is in knowing which plants to keep. Here are a few guidelines to help you sift through all your botanical choices.

  • 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.