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Today's News

  • County unemployment rate drops to 7.8 percent in February

    Brunswick County’s unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in February from January’s 8.1 percent.

    The rate is still higher at the start of 2016 than 2015. February of 2015 was down to 7.5 percent from 8.0 percent unemployment in January 2015.

    Unemployment numbers are released through the North Carolina Department of Commerce Labor and Economic Analysis Division.

    The NCDOC reported North Carolina’s unemployment rate also fell slightly, to 5.7 percent in February from 5.8 percent in January.

  • Shaking the salt habit

     

    In last week’s column, I talked about the recommendation that most Americans should cut back on the amount of sodium we consume. The goal would be less than 2,300 milligrams of sodium a day and for some even less. When we say sodium in the diet, in general we’re referring to salt, which is a combination of sodium and chloride. If you’re not really into milligrams, 2,300 milligrams would be as much sodium as you get in a little less than a teaspoon of salt.

     

    Cutting back is easier said than done

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    O thou weed,

    Who art so lovely fair and smell’st so sweet

    That the sense aches at thee.

                    William Shakespeare, Othello; Act 4, scene 2

     

     Even weeds can be wonderful.

  • This is how you know it’s going to be a long night

    This week I am going to let the fine people who read this into the newsroom to experience what it is like when the day goes long and we are waiting on one more report before the paper goes to press so we can call it a day.

    It isn’t a weekly occurrence, despite the fact we’re a weekly paper, but there are days that seem to stretch into infinity and that is when the philosophical questions of our time get asked and answered — like last week, when I first proposed my unifying theory of fast-food chicken places out loud.

  • Annual plant sale heralds spring

     

    Spring fever outbreaks have been tempered by the cool breath of Old Man Winter during the past few days, but rest assured that a brand new gardening season is heating up. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the Annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at the New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday, April 14, through Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 17, from 1 to 5 p.m. 

  • Kid’s best friend: Children who grow up with dogs have a lower risk of asthma
  • Why is it so hard to say what you mean?

      By Linda Arnold

     

    It sounds so simple: Say what you mean, and mean what you say.

    Then, why is it so hard?

    It may well depend on how you’re wired. Some of you are quick to speak what’s on your mind. Others hold back.

    This may have to do with early childhood conditioning, or it might have to do with learned behaviors over the years.

  • Spring is here and it’s time to fire up the grill

     

    Grilling food seems to be gaining popularity with the rise of the TV food shows. I can remember when our choices were only Julia Child, Graham Kerr and my favorite, the late Jeff Smith, “The Frugal Gourmet.”

    The availability of indoor grills, sometimes built into the stovetop, has helped spur interest in this oldest form of cooking. There’s just something about that grilled flavor that really adds draws people in.

  • MOU approved for Shallotte riverfront project, new park construction continues

     SHALLOTTE— The next phase of the town’s riverfront development is set to begin after the Shallotte Board of Aldermen approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Traditional Neighborhood Development Partners of Durham (TND) and the town April 5.

  • You decide: Is there trouble with trading?

    By Dr. Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    One of the first principles I teach my new economics students is the benefits of trade. I use the following example (remember, I’m talking to 18- to 20-year-olds): Two students live across the hall from each other. One student has some minor car trouble and discovers the across-the-hall neighbor is a fairly good amateur mechanic. The student with mechanic skills is having problems with physics and learns the neighbor with car trouble is a whiz at physics.