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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.

     

  • Investigators seek Shallotte Dollar General robber

    The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office is searching for the man who robbed the Shallotte Dollar General store at 1351 Brick Landing on Saturday night, Aug. 20. No one was injured.

    A call came into the 911 center at 9:55 p.m. about a man coming into the store waving a gun and demanding money from employees in the store, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Emily Flax said. No customers were in the store.

    The robber left with an undisclosed amount of money, but it’s not known where he headed.

  • 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.

  • Sunset Beach investigates break-ins

    The Sunset Police Department is investigating reports of five break-ins in the Seaside Station community in the past week.

    All of the houses are unoccupied vacation homes, according to town clerk Lisa Anglin.

    “The police department is actively investigating these crimes and asks for help from the community,” Anglin wrote Friday afternoon, Aug. 19.

    “We urge everyone to pay close attention to what is going on around them and report any suspicious persons, vehicles, noises, etc.,” Anglin wrote.

  • 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.