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Today's News

  • First class graduates from sheriff’s office citizens’ academy

    BOLIVIA—The most recent class to graduate from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office won’t be carrying guns or badges, but they know something about law enforcement.

    On Thursday, Dec. 4, 19 students graduated from the first class of the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy.

  • Community members turn out for parks and recreation input meetings

    SUPPLY—Only a handful of community members were in attendance last Thursday afternoon at a public meeting soliciting input for the county’s comprehensive master plan, but organizers say turnout for the meetings has been strong throughout the county.

    Jim Pryor, the county’s parks and recreation director, recently solicited Nashville-based Lose and Associates to complete a comprehensive master plan for the county’s parks and recreation facilities.

  • Tree of life, candlelight vigil to remember victims of traffic crashes

    At a memorial service Friday night, a Tree of Life will be dedicated to the 1,705 people who lost their lives on North Carolina roadways in traffic crashes in 2007.

    Another 489 people who lost their lives to drunk drivers last year will be remembered in a candlelight vigil.

    Justice in Motion, a Wilmington-based nonprofit organization, and the Governor’s Highway Safety Program, will host its fourth annual Tree of Life and Candlelight Vigil at 5:30 p.m. Friday at Battleship Park.

  • No charges in Shallotte video gaming machine seizure

    No charges will be filed, and seized video gaming machines will be returned after Shallotte police seized five video gaming machines from A-Z Cigarettes in Shallotte Plaza last week.

    Assistant district attorney Brooke Smith said the video gaming machines were in compliance with the law and would be returned to the owners.

    No charges would be filed, she added.

    On Dec. 1, Shallotte police seized five gaming machines from the cigarette store.

  • Planning board approves map amendment, special exceptions

    BOLIVIA—Members of the Brunswick County Planning Board on Monday approved one map amendment and two special exceptions.

    Board members recommending approving map amendment Z-633 to county commissioners for their approval. The map amendment is a request to rezone 1.7 acres on N.C. 211 in Supply to commercial low density from its current zone of commercial intensive.

  • Versatile, dry onion soup mix is more than just an onion dip

    Mixing sour cream with one of those dry onion soup mix envelopes was a staple at parties at our house a decade or so ago. It was a cheap and easy way to make a pretty yummy dip. And, with a bag of nacho chips and a bottle of wine, the dip would make the occasion festive.

    Then one day, I read the label on the onion soup mix envelope. The company suggested mixing their onion soup with ground beef for an onion meat loaf. It really added some zest to it. I decided to ask some friends what they used it in.

  • Chill out and warm up by working out in the garden this winter

    For those of you suffering from an overdose of family, friends and holiday cheer, there’s another way to warm up on the short, chilly days of December. Get out and play in the dirt.

    Purists (and soil science professors) bristle at the mention of “dirt,” but “playing in the soil” doesn’t roll off the tongue. The stuff we grow plants in is soil. Once it’s under your fingernails or you track it into the house, it’s dirt.

  • December gardening tips: Maintaining your Christmas tree

    If a lovely North Carolina Christmas tree is part of your home’s decorations this season, we have some tips to keep it looking its best:

    1) Keep the Christmas tree and all holiday plants watered and protected from hot or cold drafts. Christmas trees may take up lots of water the first day or two so keep a close eye on them. Christmas trees are not dangerous as long as they are green and pliable. If they dry out, they become dangerous.

  • How to maintain and keep indoor plants healthy: Part II

    As a continuation of last week’s column, following are other factors to consider in caring for indoor plants:

    Humidity

    In a moderate humidity range of 20-40 percent, it is possible to grow a variety of plants; however, cacti and other succulents do well in a humidity range of 5-15 percent.

  • Are Americans experiencing a spiritual crisis?

    All that one hears these days is a doom and gloom tale of woe, from Wall Street to Main Street and back again.

    The market is dropping, sales are down, money is scarce, foreclosures are rampant, and retirement funds are racing downward. Crisis is the word of the day and the power that fuels nightmares. Henny Penny is having a field day.

    As a result, some choose the path of avoidance and denial. They sit before a television set watching football games or soap operas, or “reality shows” that have little to do with the reality around them.