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Today's News

  • All is right with the world when Carolina beats Duke

     I was still in the bed last Tuesday morning when my phone rang. I saw it was my middle brother, Brett, on the other end, so I picked it up and before I could even say, “Hello,” he asked me if I wanted to go to the Carolina (North Carolina, the real Carolina) versus Duke game on Thursday, Feb. 8, in the Dean E. Smith Center in Chapel Hill.

    “Sure, I’d love to go,” I replied. “I’m certain I can’t afford it.”

    “Alright,” Brett said. “Just wanted to ask.”

  • The signage, like the Jurassic age, should die off

    Signage.

    When I hear that word, I know somebody is making plans. There’s a conceptual plan or a master plan in the works. Or it’s a budget planning season.

    And when those plans are made, way down the list of priorities is the need for signs to let everyone know the plan is complete and if you follow the signs you can see the result.

    I get that. There will always be a need for a sign, or signs, to help us find our way.

    But how in the world did that translate into “signage?”

    Oh, how I hate that word.

  • Brunswick County’s pets deserve to have safe homes, too

    After more than four years of putting it off, I finally visited Cat Tails, a feline-only rescue and shelter in Ocean Isle Beach on Sunday. I’d avoided it for so long because when it comes to kitties who need a home, I want to offer mine to them — all of them. That’s how all six of my cats made me their mom.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, we had a one-day session with committee meetings and votes on the class size bill, we had movement in the Senate on the GenX/Emerging contaminants bill, and I was able to attend some meetings in the district.

    On Feb. 5 we were informed we would be in Raleigh the night of Feb. 7 through Feb. 9 for voting sessions. This changed several times, but I still went to Raleigh on Wednesday afternoon, although no votes were actually held that night.

  • On Campus with BCC: Why choose online learning?

    By Dr. Susanne Adams

    Guest Columnist

    Brunswick Community College deans, directors and program chairs use valuable advice from program advisory committees — made up of individuals from businesses, industries and transfer institutions — to make applicable changes to curriculum course offerings and/or in course delivery methods.

  • Thank our firefighters and first responders for service

    By Mike Causey

    Guest Columnist

    While attending the N.C. Association of Fire Chiefs mid-winter conference, I had the opportunity to talk with fire chiefs from all areas of North Carolina. They told me about the stress many firefighters have been under during the first few weeks of 2018.

    The reason: The cold weather we experienced during the first month of the year — the frigid weather in many parts of the state — triggered an extraordinary number of fires and fire calls.

  • Maintain Lockwood Folly Inlet dredging progress

    Almost a year ago, concerned citizens including local boat captains spoke before the Holden Beach Board of Commissioners, and then the Brunswick County Board of Commissioners, to voice their worries about shoaling in Lockwood Folly Inlet.

    Although dredging was performed in late August and early September, it was for maintenance of the inlet, a temporary fix.

    By the time the next scheduled dredging takes place, it is likely the inlet will be as clogged as it was before — perhaps even worse.

  • District court docket for Jan. 29, 30 and 31

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 29, 30 and 31 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, Jan. 29

    Judge Pauline Hankins presided over the following case with prosecutor Sarah B. McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Numbers that add up to the perfect snack

    Did you know 2 ounces of popcorn kernels makes about 8 cups of popcorn containing about 240 calories and costs about 30 cents? Naturally low in fat and gluten-free, these numbers add up to the perfect snack to have on hand this time of the year.

    Popcorn is a simple yet satisfying whole grain and makes for a great choice when trying to lose holiday weight. The fiber in popcorn makes you feel fuller longer, which helps curb hunger.

     

    Stovetop popcorn tips

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson