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Today's News

  • Do you take too long to make important decisions?

     “It’s your decision.” Few words can bring about such power and such fear.

    For a big part of my life, I weighed every decision very carefully. Then I learned it’s often better to get into action than to ponder things too long.

    While it’s good to consider options, it’s also wise to make decisions more quickly and move on. Whether it’s right or wrong, at least I’m in motion. If not, inertia can set in. I like to opt for “ertia,” the informal opposite of inertia.

     

  • Do dogs get depressed?

     A reader recently asked if dogs can become depressed, develop mental illness, and if “doggie psychologists” were for real. For those of you looking for the short answers: 1) Yes, but maybe not exactly like you’re thinking; 2) Absolutely; and 3) Yes, with an enormous caveat. If you’d like a little more thorough explanation, read on pet lovers.

  • Think about food safety when grilling burgers this Labor Day weekend

     Although we can anticipate nice weather for several more months, Labor Day seems to mark the official last cookout of the summer. If you’re having a get together that involves food this weekend, I’m going to once again remind you to think about food safety.

    This time I’m thinking about hamburgers. Test your knowledge of burger safety by answering these two multiple-choice questions.

    Question No. 1

  • Garden success lies in the soil, Part 1

     By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    Successful gardeners in our region have a dirty secret. And it isn’t that they are jumping over your fence at night causing all the “deer” damage. No, any successful gardener in this area will tell you the key to a beautiful lawn or garden starts with healthy soil and proper soil management. Regardless of what you hear about this area, our soils teem with life that, if managed properly, will alleviate the challenges of coastal gardening.

     

  • WBHS football player of week

    Nate Gilbert is the Shallotte Farm Bureau Insurance West Brunswick football player of the week for the first game of the season. Gilbert is a senior defensive lineman. In West’s victory Aug. 21 against Socastee (S.C.) High School, Gilbert intercepted a pass and forced a fumble. Next to him are agency manager Rodney Brown and West head football coach Kelly Williamson.

  • Trojans runners compete in first home meet of season
  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 25

    Anthony Deanda was arrested on a warrant for arrest on a charge of assault on a female. He was also cited on charges of possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and driving while license revoked.

    Counterfeit $100 bill reported at McDonald’s on Village Road where it was used to purchase food.

    Aug. 26

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Aug. 21

    Obtaining property by false pretense; someone used coupons to defraud CVS of $1,716.70.

    Aug. 24

    Lost or stolen vehicle title reported by someone who misplaced title or had it stolen from residence on Brooks Court.

    Larceny of a motor vehicle with the keys left inside while in the Kangaroo Express parking lot.

    Aug. 25

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Not a morning person? Here’s a plant that loves the morning.

    You can see this species just about anywhere in the eastern USA, from Pennsylvania to Florida, over to Texas, into the Midwestern states and well into Latin America. It is frequently seen on field margins, roadsides and in ditches, and it seems to like sandy places.

    This is a native American species, and a member of the largely tropical “spiderwort” family, a family that has given us plenty of showy ornamental garden and patio plants — and weeds.

  • Journalists always at risk of becoming news

    Until Aug. 26, the Committee to Protect Journalists said, it counted 39 deaths of journalists around the world in 2015 in countries like Syria, Yemen and France.

    But last Wednesday morning, the people working at WDBJ-TV experienced the horror of seeing two of their coworkers shot to death and a woman seriously injured on live television outside Smith Mountain Lake, Va., near Roanoke.