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Today's News

  • Why do cats wag their tails?

    Cats are some of the most complex, curious and compassionate critters I know. Deciphering cat behavior is far more complicated and challenging than most other animals. Too often, we mistakenly apply canine experiences to explain why a feline acts a certain way. That doesn’t work. Cats are not small dogs. A good example is understanding why a cat wags its tail. For dogs, it’s a clear signal of happiness, excitement, or maybe a little nervousness. For cats, it’s an entirely different story.

  • I’m only one person; what can I do???

    Edward Everett Hale is quoted as saying: “I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” His statement got me thinking. Too often I hear folks remarking about their singular inability to do anything about situations, both local and global. “I can’t” is the byword. It is their explanation and rationale. It is also a justification to be excused from participation and responsibility.

  • Running on empty? Find out what drains your energy

     By Linda Arnold

    While there’s a lot of focus on our national energy policies, most of us are experiencing an energy crisis much closer to home. Just take a look in the mirror. 

    As a society, we’re stretched thin, stressed-out and drained. Stress is a top factor in many of our medical visits, and it’s reaching epidemic levels.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Let’s take a look at an aquatic plant. This one is actually a minuscule fern specialized for floating, and it has tiny roots hanging into the water. The branches bear scale-like leaves. As with other ferns, no flowers or seeds are produced; the plants reproduce by spores.

    Our plant is a native species, occurring mostly in the coastal plain counties of the Southeast, and it may be found widely in eastern North America. It’s an annual, which means that the plants last only one season.

  • All-purpose vinegar is not just for cooking

     

    I’ve read that vinegar was accidentally discovered more than 10,000 years ago when someone, after a batch of wine had gone bad, wondered what could be done with the sour wine. Today, vinegar probably has more uses than any other product I can recall.

    The name is from the French “vinaigre,” which literally means sour wine.

     

  • North Brunswick football photos
  • Trojans open season with runaway victory

    SHALLOTTE — The West Brunswick Trojans beat the Socastee (S.C.) Braves 43-28 in a season-opening football game played over two evenings.

    West led Socastee 19-6 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half of the game Friday, Aug. 19. That’s when the game was suspended because of lightning. For West, Anthony McCray scored on an approximate 60-yard run, Tariq Thomas scored on a 40-yard run and Maliek King scored on a 7-yard run. Brandon Wehrly kicked an extra point.

  • West Brunswick football photos

    West Brunswick leads Socastee (S.C.) 19-6 with 3 minutes, 8 seconds left in the first half of a season-opening football game.
    Because of lightning, the game was suspended until 6 p.m. Saturday. Admission to game will be free.
    For West, Anthony McCray scored on an approximate 60-yard run, Tariq Thomas scored on a 40-yard run and Maliek King scored on a 7-yard run.
    Brandon Wehrly kicked an extra point.

  • North Brunswick beats East Columbus 8-0

    LELAND — North Brunswick beat East Columbus 8-0 in a non-conference boys’ soccer game Thursday, Aug 18.

    North scored four goals in the first half. Senior Raunel Dominguez took a pass and scored 3 minutes, 15 seconds into the game.

    About eight minutes later, senior Jose Scope scored off a rebound.

    The score went to 3-0 when senior Robert Fairbanks tapped the ball past the goalkeeper.

    Senior Shawn Hargett scored the final goal of the half with 1:45 left when the East Columbus defense never challenged his run to the goal.

  • Shallotte police arrest woman on drug charges

     

    A Myrtle Beach, S.C., woman is accused of fraudulently acquiring oxycodone pills from a Shallotte drug store.

    Holly Leann Gladish, 31, of Gordon Street was arrested Aug. 9 and charged with two counts of trafficking in opium or heroin, possession with the intent to manufacture, sell or deliver a schedule II controlled substance, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud or forgery and uttering a forged instrument.