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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  • Lent is a time to listen to God’s voice
  • Berry Jarvis earns rank of Eagle Scout
  • The taste of fresh garlic still remains unsurpassed

     The best thing about garlic is that it is available year-round, either frozen or fresh. Garlic is also available peeled or chopped, minced or creamed, preserved in oil and powdered, but fresh garlic remains unsurpassed in its taste.

    In addition to being a cook’s best friend, garlic has also been used for numerous other things, including embalming, warding off evil spirits and curing everything from the common cold to tuberculosis and broken bones.

  • Man pleads guilty to trafficking meth in Brunswick County

    A British citizen will spend at least four years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking methamphetamine in Brunswick County.

    Superior Court Judge Gregory Bell sentenced 48-year-old Tristan James Campbell Mardall on Monday, March 20, to serve 50 to 72 months in the North Carolina Department of Correction, according to a news release from the District Attorney’s Office.

  • Cape Fear Social Issues Forum set for March 24

    The Cape Fear Social Issues Forum, p​resented by Stand Against Trafficking USA, will be from 1 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

  • Blood donors sought

    The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month, observed in April.

    Nearly 2.8 million people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

  • Reported flu deaths climb to 110 statewide

    Twenty flu deaths were reported in North Carolina for the week ending March 11, according to the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services.

    While flu activity has started to decrease in the state, the virus continues to be widespread.

    The number of influenza-associated deaths reported this season, which started Oct. 2, is 110.

    “North Carolinians should continue to take precautions and not let down their guard,” state epidemiologist Dr. Zack Moore said in a news release.

  • Fire damages Oak Island home

    An Oak Island home sustained severe damage after a fire of undetermined origin broke out Friday night, March 17.

    Three people safely evacuated the burning three-story house at 5101 E. Yacht Drive, Oak Island Fire Capt. Chris Sillings said.

    Upon fire crews’ arrival at the fire reported at 11:33 p.m., the structure was heavily involved in flames, including fire through the second story and roof, Sillings said.

    Exterior siding on an adjacent house was melted by the heat, but fire crews were able to stop the fire from spreading to it.

  • Bolivia man charged in March 6 shooting

    A Bolivia man is accused of shooting another man earlier this month.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 25-year-old Rashen Georgell Bellamy, of Old Ocean Highway on Thursday, March 16, and charged him with assault with a deadly weapon with intent to kill inflicting serious injury.

    Warrants show Bellamy shot 39-year-old Reginald Bernard Davis on March 6. Davis survived, but details about his injuries were not available.