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Today's News

  • Anxiety may give dogs gray hair
  • Healthful savings at the grocery store

     I don’t have to tell you the price of eating is over the top. I swear, prices of some of my frequently purchased items at the grocery store are going up on a monthly, if not weekly, basis. Last week in this column, I offered some ideas on how to make some healthy changes to that grocery cart, but you may be thinking you can’t afford to eat healthy.

  • Addressing cold weather plant damage

     It’s been a couple of weeks now since the winter blast that sent the temperatures plunging into the teens. From what I’ve seen at the New Hanover County Arboretum and at my humble abode, the usual suspects — oleanders and sago palms — got fried. While that was no surprise, the level of flower damage on pansies and violas was a bit worse than I expected. And, my poor ornamental beets look like they may have gone to the great compost heap in the sky.

  • Flythes celebrate 50th anniversary

     Dr. William and Beatrice Flythe celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 30, 2016, at the Southport Community Building with almost 70 family members and friends. The couple met at Johnson C. Smith University in the fall of 1963. They were married Dec. 23, 1966.

  • Southport sailor Harris continues 75 years of Seabee tradition

    By Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class David Wyscaver

    Navy Office of Community Outreach

         “We Build, We Fight” has been the motto of the U. S. Navy’s Construction Force, known as the Seabees for the past 75 years. Southport native and South Brunswick High School graduate, Petty Officer 2nd Class Wayne Harris, builds and fights around the world as a member of a naval construction battalion center in Port Hueneme, Calif.

  • Approval addiction: Getting validation from within

      “We live in an approval-addicted society.”

     

    By Linda Arnold

               

    Do you worry too much about what other people think? 

    Before you make a decision, do you run multiple scenarios through your head — to gauge how others will react?

    Is your happiness dependent on others liking and approving of you?

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson
    Give me my Romeo; and, when he shall die, 
Take him and cut him out in little stars, 
And he will make the face of heaven so fine 
That all the world will be in love with night 
And pay no worship to the garish sun.

                            Romeo & Juliet Act 3, Scene 2

     

  • Turning to family and friends for many dessert recipes

     

    Over the years, many friends and family members have given dessert recipes to me. Some of those I’ve actually had to ask for and many of those weren’t even written down, so it took a little trial and error on my part in coming up with the exact recipe.

    Many recipes I’ve found when perusing the Internet, going through a myriad of cookbooks or actually watching desserts being made on one of the many, many cooking shows on television.

  • DA: Officer justified in fatal shooting

    BOLIVIA — Leland police Officer Jacob Schwenk was justified in using fatal force against the man who shot at him during an attempted traffic stop last month, the Brunswick County District Attorney’s Office determined.

    Schwenk and Brent Quinn, both ex-Marines, were each shot six times Dec. 9, 2016.

    David held a news conference Jan. 11 at the Brunswick County Courthouse less than 24 hours after the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation completed its independent investigation of the case having interviewed Schwenk the morning of Jan. 10.

  • AARP Tax-Aide available beginning Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return.