Today's News

  • Marine pronounced dead after search

     Twelve Marines, including one with ties to Brunswick County, were pronounced dead after a five-day around-the-clock search following a crash between two helicopters in a training exercise over Hawaii the morning of Jan. 15.

    Among the 12 who perished is 25-year-old Sgt. Adam Schoeller, who was a CH-53E crew chief and the husband of West Brunswick High School graduate Samantha Wickel Schoeller.

    The Coast Guard officially suspended its search, which spanned 40,000 nautical miles and shorelines, Jan. 19. No bodies were found.

  • BCC program earns perfect pass rate for eighth consecutive year

     It’s often been said there are only two things you can count on in life: death and taxes.

    Apparently, Brunswick Community College practical nursing students can add a third certainty to the list — earning a 100 percent pass rate on the end-of-year national exam.

    For an eighth consecutive year, students in the practical nursing program at BCC have passed the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN) with a 100 percent rate.

  • Leland man charged in malnourished pit bull’s death

     A Leland man accused of contributing to the death of a malnourished pit bull faces a misdemeanor cruelty to animals charge.

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested 26-year-old James Jarett Roof, of Ocean Highway East, on Wednesday, Jan. 20, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Roof is accused of “intentionally depriving (a pit bull dog) of necessary sustenance,” a warrant shows. The tan, female pit bull mix died Wednesday, Jan. 20.

  • District court docket

      The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on Jan. 11, 12, 13, 14 and 15 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; CRV, Confinement in Response to Violation.


    Monday, Jan. 11

  • Cold weather flowers put on a show during the cool months


    Thin-skinned Southern boys like me always struggle this time of year when the temperatures barely break out of the 50s. The warm days of spring are still months away, but there are some plants that put on a show during the cool months that will have you thinking sunshine and warm days.

    One of my favorite small flowering trees that bloom during the warmer days of January and February is Japanese flowering apricot or Prunus mume. Boasting flowers in shades of pink, red and white, this 20-foot plant with a similar spread never ceases to lift my spirits.

  • Gifts for the new parent

          I write a lot about nutrition and a healthy lifestyle. Because of that I’m always trying to “walk the talk.” So when I invite people to our house, I try to serve more healthful meal or snacks. The same goes for gift giving. As wedding shower presents, I like to give good cookbooks and kitchen tools.

  • CO2 laser surgery versus traditional surgery

     It was around 1998 when I first became interested in CO2 laser surgery. I had returned from a surgical lecture presented by a university professor friend. During his presentation, he casually mentioned his school had recently purchased a human surgical laser. They had begun using it on a variety on cases, especially oral tumors, and were pleased with the results so far.

  • Everything comes into view in the beam of a spotlight
  • If timing is everything, how do you make it count?

     By Linda Arnold


    How many times have you heard — or said:

    •    Time is of the essence
    •    Time is on my side
    •    We need more quality time
    •    Or, my personal favorite: Timing is everything.

    These points hit home awhile back when I made a nursing home visit with our informal therapy dog, Chloe (following in the paw prints of her golden retriever pal, Barney).

  • What is this mystery plant?

      By John Nelson

    Walking around in a salt marsh can be a challenging experience. You have to select the right trousers and footwear, of course. In the summer, you must consider no-see-ums, flies and other visitors. Without a strong breeze, and in hot weather, the aroma of the marsh may become stifling. Then there are the issues of protection from the sun, and dealing with treacherous substrates. Pluff mud and oyster shells can be encountered. And of course, you have to pay attention to the tides!