Today's News

  • Growing old man’s beard

    One of my favorite things to do is visit plant nurseries. It’s always fascinating to see the innovations and all of the great plants. And, the people are some of the best folks around. It’s even more fun when I get introduced to a new, or just improved, plant. In recent weeks, I have seen a new selection of Shantung maple and an improvement of our native fringe tree or Old Man’s Beard.

  • Senior menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Dec. 20

    Pot roast au jus, brown rice, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 21

    Italian beef/shells, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22

    Pork chop/gravy, rice pilaf, succotash, fresh fruit-apple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 23

    Closed for holidays.

    Friday, Dec. 24

  • It’s time to enjoy the holiday tradition of Christmas cookies

    One of the more popular holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. But for most of us, time is in short demand during the holiday rush, and this family tradition can sometimes turn into a major chore.

  • Community briefs

    Blood drive set for Dec. 16

    There will be a blood drive from 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16, in the Cooperative Extension building. Donors are strongly urged to schedule an appointment by calling 253-2016. Walk-ins are welcome; however, appointments will be taken first. 

  • Veterans’ clinic will be better than outsourced care

    Although they’re not exactly where we think they should be, Department of Veterans Affairs officials seem to be more on track regarding needs of Brunswick County’s veterans.

    Last week, VA officials announced they were going to scrap the idea of outsourcing veterans’ medical treatment at an area doctor’s office and instead were looking to move forward with a veterans’ clinic here.

  • The helpless feeling cancer evokes in many of us


    That word has been filling my ears far too frequently. In the last couple of months, several people I know have had to permanently add that dreaded word to their vocabularies. 

    It’s makes me mad. It makes me sad. It makes me feel helpless.

    This sense of helplessness takes me back to the same emotions I felt several years. Below, I am republishing a column I wrote in 2005 for The Kentucky Standard. It was written when a dear friend—now my husband—learned his father was facing cancer.

  • Grand jury returns indictments

    The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of the Honorable Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Rex Gore and courtroom clerk Michelle Caulk adjudicated the following cases during a superior court grand jury session on Dec. 6:

    Charles Edward Bell, 48, of 1017 Pinecrest Road, Southport; felony sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, felony possession with intent to manufacture/sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, misdemeanor possession drug paraphernalia.

  • District Court Docket

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, 2, 6 and 7 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.

    Tuesday, Nov. 30

    Judge Jerry A. Jolly presided over the following cases with prosecutor Cathi Radford and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham:

    William Eugene Abernathy, communicating threats, voluntarily dismissed.

  • North Brunswick’s boys start fast, hold off West

     LELAND—North Brunswick outscored West Brunswick 12-0 in taking a 19-7 lead and then held off the Trojans’ fourth-quarter rally in a 63-59 conference boys’ basketball victory Dec. 14.

    Junior forward Legrande Roseborough scored 20 points and junior guard Jeremy Young 16 for the North (1-1, 3-4). Senior guard Jamelle Batts and senior forward Jermon Bryant each scored 11 points.

    For West, which remained winless, seniors Quan Bates scored 12 points, Roman Smyth 10 and Marquis Johnson 9.

  • Fisher leads Scorpions to victory over West Brunswick

      LELAND—Led by senior guard Tyera Fisher, North Brunswick forced several turnovers in the third quarter in taking 34-20 lead en route to a 51-33 victory over West Brunswick in a conference basketball game Dec. 14.

    Fisher finished with 26 points, eight steals and six rebounds. Senior forward Jolanda White had 10 points and six rebounds. Sophomore guard Daja White had eight rebounds and five assists as North improved to 2-0 in the conference.

    For West (1-1 in the conference), senior center Kayla Padgett scored 20 points.