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Today's News

  • Classic Catalinas set for Shallotte concert July 21

    The Catalinas began in 1957 and is still one of the most popular bands in the southeastern United States.

    Known for their quality tight sound and onstage energy, the longtime Statesville-based band is one of the in-demand groups for city festivals and private parties, always playing a variety of music to suit all ages.

    Though known for beach music, regionally and nationally for the mega hit “Summertime’s Callin’ Me,” they play all styles.

  • Brunswick Nuclear Plant declares alert because of pump motor damage

    Duke Energy officials at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant near Southport declared an alert July 13 at 8:39 p.m. because of damage to a pump motor. It ended at 9:18 p.m. that day when alert conditions cleared.

    “The utility declared an alert in accordance with procedures but resumed regular operations soon thereafter,” the North Carolina Department of Public Safety-Emergency Management said in a news release. “It is important to know that at no time during the brief incident was there any risk to public health or safety.

  • Grand jury

     The Brunswick County Superior Court under the direction of Judge Ola M. Lewis with prosecutor Jon David and courtroom clerk Amanda Kidd adjudicated the following cases July 11 during a grand jury session:

    Shane Bradley Battles, breaking/entering, larceny after breaking/entering, larceny of motor vehicle.

    Lashawn Ravon Bland, three counts of possession with intent to sell/deliver cocaine, three counts of sell/deliver schedule II controlled substance, three counts of possession drug paraphernalia.

  • District court docket

     The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on June 29 and July 5, 6, 7 and 8 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.

     

    Wednesday, June 29

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

  • Longing for leadership is a holy and wholesome yearning

     

     

  • Gardens reflect people, personalities

     A garden always reflects the person charged with managing it. I get bored rather easily and love to try new things. That’s why I have a garden of “onesies,” one of this cool plant and one of that cool plant. It might frustrate the hardcore landscape designer, but it’s OK with me.

    Trying new plants is one of my favorite things to do each year, even if it requires moving or removing another plant. Based on my experience over the last couple of years, you should consider adding African lily and firecracker plant to your garden.

  • Avoid those vacation pounds

     “Oh well, I’m on vacation and I’m going to eat everything I want.” Or, “I deserve to eat it, I’m on vacation.” You’ve probably heard people say this, or possibly said it yourself.

    Not gaining weight while on vacation is usually easier said than done, but you can still focus on a healthy diet and still have a good time.

  • Introducing a new pet to your old pet Part 1: Pre-pet prep

    “I’d like to get another pet; I’m just not sure Brownie would accept one.”

    I had just advised Brownie’s owner to consider adopting a new puppy. Brownie was 13 years young, had gained a few excess pounds and, in my opinion, was beginning to lose a little of the spark in her bark. I was trying to reignite that furry fireball I’d treated for many years.

  • Reflections on birthdays, immune systems and living life fully

     By Linda Arnold

           In nine years of writing this column, this is only the second time my standard publication date has fallen on this date.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    I wish I had time to go back to Germany, and maybe spend some time in Bavaria. I’ve spent some time there, in and around Munich, which is one of the most charming cities you can visit in Europe. It’s a fairly large town, but real easy to get around in, and there’s a lot to see and do. Of course, plenty of people like to go to Oktoberfest, which is great, boisterous fun, with huge crowds. (This year it goes from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.)