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Today's News

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Frustration and relief: A tale of two community news items

    The message on my office voice mail was pleasant enough. It was from a woman who called to say, in effect, “I dropped off news about an event last week and didn’t see it in this week’s edition. Can you call me back about this?”

    I looked for the item before calling her back and, sure enough, it didn’t get in.

  • Support efforts to end domestic violence

    This past Saturday, Hope Harbor Home had its fifth annual Let’s Ride Domestic Violence Out of Town Awareness Rally.

    The event is designed to raise money for Hope Harbor Home clients to pay for legal representation when seeking restraining orders and pressing criminal charges against their abusers. The process for victims seeking to reclaim their lives and personal safety does not end when they put physical distance between themselves and their abusers.

  • Chamber endorses Nov. 8 $152M school bond referendum

    Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce board members voted unanimously to endorse the Brunswick County Schools $152 million bond referendum that will appear on the Nov. 8 general election ballot. The school bond is meant to provide funding for much-needed construction and renovations to the aging system.

  • Arnie part of a memorable foursome

    By Thomas Ryan Paul

    The custom we follow when a great golfer dies is to cite statistics. And so it is with Arnold Palmer. Four Masters, one U.S. Open and two Open championships in seven years from 1958 through 1964. A memorable run, the likes of which few have achieved.