Today's News

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases Sept. 19 during a grand jury session:

    Sharmaine Brown, selling/delivering cocaine, possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, maintaining vehicle, dwelling or place for controlled substance, aggravating factors.

  • Why do dogs booty scoot?

     Butt-dragging. Carpet-surfing. Booty-scooting. These colorful terms have all been applied to one of the more common unusual actions of our canine companions: dragging and rubbing their rear end along the floor. Why do dogs scoot and rub their butts on the carpet? Let’s examine some of the many potential causes of “hiney-hauling.”


    Anal Sacs

  • Your food cravings — and how to tame the beast

     By Linda Arnold


    Chocolate. Potato chips. Ice cream.

    You know the triggers — and the power they have over you. Rest assured you’re not alone.

    Food cravings can have little to do with hunger, though, and lots to do with mental and physiological components. Let’s take a look at the main causes of these cravings and some tips for overcoming them. 


    Causes of food cravings


    Leptin resistance

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Pick a tree — any tree — and try to describe it using only eight words — in Latin. That’s what botanist Thomas Walter did in 1788, after studying and then naming this tree. His eight words (see below) indicate that the tree has paired needles, a short, oblong or egg-shaped cone and a smooth trunk.

  • Norris gets fit with new lungs

    BOLIVIA — Most days, Buddy Norris laces up his workout shoes and heads to the gym. He also goes for daily walks.

    Since receiving new lungs from an unknown donor nearly two years ago at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, the Shallotte resident doesn’t take fitness — or breathing — for granted.

  • Seeing is believing; believing is also seeing

     Having sight, being sighted, has taken on new meaning for me.

    Two of my friends have been pivotal in my deepening awareness of vision’s wonder. One is a woman who has become totally blind after years of lessening sight. The other is a man who awakened one morning to the reality that he had no sight in one eye.

    Both individuals, in their differing circumstances, were challenged to accept a loss and to find in it a gift. No doubt, this was not an easy task. Nor is it one that is completed in one fell swoop.

  • Buying safe local produce

    Shopping local is a very popular trend these days, especially shopping at farmer’s markets or local roadside shops for fresh fruits and vegetables.

    Not only does it allow us to get the freshest possible produce, it helps the local economy. Buying directly from farmers gives them a better return for their produce and can help a family farm compete in the food marketplace. Buying local food also keeps dollars circulating in the community and increases local food security.

  • Winning recipes from this year’s N.C. Rice Festival

     The North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce again sponsored the North Carolina Rice Festival at the Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Sept. 18 and 19.

    In addition to the rice cooking contest, of which I was privileged to be one of the judges, festivalgoers enjoyed live music both days, many displays and exhibitors, arts and craft vendors, food vendors, a children’s entertainment zone, a youth art contest and a beer garden just for the adults.

  • Public comments help shape transportation priority list

    The Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization will finalize the State Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) division needs priority list update in October and is seeking public comments for current and future transportation plans.

    “There is never a public comment that’s not welcome or useful,” Allen Serkin, director of local government services
for the Cape Fear Council of Governments, said. “Hearing from the public is always critical.”

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Sept. 22, 2016

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incident. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    Sept. 22

    Breaking and entering and larceny of televisions reported in the 500 block of East Main Street.