Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    With the North Carolina General Assembly being officially out of session, all our time is spent in committee meetings and events both in Raleigh and back in our home districts.

    Last week I attended plenty of both. We met with our transportation oversight committee in Raleigh and I had meetings with groups and individuals in all parts of our district in Brunswick County.

  • Demand and protect government openness

    Carolina Shores hosted a Sunshine Week open house Tuesday morning at town hall, just as it has for the past several years.

    Sunshine Week, observed this year March 11-17, is an annual national initiative launched by the American Society of News Editors to educate the public about the importance of open government.

    Here in the Tar Heel State, there are two sunshine laws: its open meetings law and its public records law.

  • Two Belville churches vandalized

    Two churches less than half-mile apart in Belville were vandalized over the weekend.

    Someone used an unknown object to damage both front glass doors and two windows at Blackwell Chapel AME Zion Church at 10051 Blackwell Road SE in Belville sometime between 5:30 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m. Sunday, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office spokeswoman Emily Flax said.

    Providence Missionary Church at 10499 Chappell Loop Road SE also sustained damage at the front of the building.

  • School board, teacher of the year talk school safety

    BOLIVIA — School safety dominated the discussion at March 6’s regular county school board meeting.

    During her Teachers’ Voice presentation, Brunswick County Teacher of the Year and Leland Middle School art teacher Carolynn Phillips shared her thoughts and those of Teacher Advisory Council members.

    Phillips said an anonymous elementary school teacher and some of her colleagues said their main concern was students coming to them with issues that “go beyond that of the typical disruptive student.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Recent bad storms and rough weather has caused tragic loss of life as well as tremendous property damage here in the East, and considering the uncertainty of the weather, there is likely to be more of the same in the coming several weeks. I am fortunate no storms have affected my neighborhood here in Columbia, S.C. — yet. But a couple years ago, we did have a scary storm. Here’s some evidence.

  • Green foods on St. Patrick’s Day? Not for me

    Saint Patrick’s Day will be celebrated worldwide this weekend. I know many of you like to make all kinds of crazy green-dyed food on this special day. I, for one, am not that fond of green colored foods, or even blue or purple colored foods.

    Some will argue that corned beef isn’t a “traditional” Irish meal, but it was quite popular with hard-working Irish immigrants who arrived in our country with limited means and low-paying jobs. Corned beef was cheap and affordable back then. Today, cabbage with bacon is a popular dish in Ireland.

  • Can rudeness in the workplace be contagious?

    By Linda Arnold

    There you are, starting off your day. Grabbing a cup of coffee and thinking about your “to do” list.

    And then you get the brushoff from a coworker. What’s up with that?

    You likely start to question whether you did something to offend them. It’s only human nature.  Be careful not to dwell on this for too long, though.

  • Imitation is the highest form of praise

    I can remember being greatly perturbed ... well, angry actually ... as a young child when my younger sister imitated me. I wanted to be an original, one who stood out uniquely in my world. And there she was, mimicking my every move. Naturally, I voiced my complaint loudly, only to hear my mother replying, “Imitation is the highest form of praise.” Comforted little by that observation, I grew more deeply annoyed with the mirror image who was following me everywhere.

  • Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats?

    Will robot pets replace real dogs and cats? Will advances in artificial intelligence and robotics lead to a decrease in pet ownership? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of AI or robotic pets? I recently attended the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to find out. 

  • What are your chances?

    I frequently write about pathogens that cause foodborne illnesses. I think the one people are most familiar with is Salmonella. But, what really are your chances of getting ill from salmonella in your chicken, or beef or pork?