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Today's News

  • Are you playing rushin’ roulette?

    By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    I had a very humbling experience recently.

    I was unaware while driving and ended up practically running a stop sign — yikes!

    To be honest, it wasn’t even a “rolling stop.” I was rushing to get somewhere, and I wasn’t paying enough attention to what was really important.

    Fortunately, I was stopped by a police officer, and I credit the experience — and that officer — for a major wakeup call.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    What’s the difference, botanically, between a “reed” and a “cane?” I’m not sure I know: both of these are very old words that tend to refer to hollow-stemmed, grass-like plants. Here is a plant that seems to fit, and is, as well, a true member of the grass family.

  • Retired K9 deputy dies

    X, a 10-year-old Dutch shepherd who retired after eight years of service as a Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office K9 deputy in April 2017, died last week.

    X was partnered with Sgt. Ricky Smith for six of those eight years, according to a sheriff’s office Facebook post.

  • Please understand me and please let me understand you

    “Please Understand Me,” a book written by Michael Kelsey, sits quietly among our library of tomes to be read and kept for continued perusing. Snuggled next to it is Dr. Charles Keating’s “Who We Are Is How We Pray.” Both are well worn, filled with annotated tabs and notes madly scribbled in the margins. Hubby Dear has marked them with his presence that they might mark him with theirs. I, for my part, have listened to the contents as H.D. offers them in multiple conversations over the years.

  • Winnabow man accused of raping woman

    A Winnabow man is accused of raping a Southern Pines woman who took him in when he was displaced by Hurricane Florence.

    Southern Pines police arrested 37-year-old Freeman Scott Ireland on Oct. 1 and charged him with second-degree forcible rape.

  • County schools open Wednesday, closed Thursday and Friday

    BOLIVIA — All Brunswick County Schools, including two that remained closed as a result of Hurricane Florence, will be open Wednesday, Oct. 10, but they all will be closed again Thursday, Oct. 11, and Friday, Oct. 12, because of Hurricane Michael.

    West Brunswick high School at 550 Whiteville Road in Shallotte will open as an emergency shelter at 8 a.m. Thursday.

    All district schools, except Bolivia and Town Creek elementary, reopened Monday. All had been closed since Sept. 11 as a result Florence and the damage it caused.

  • Sunset Beach moves closer to dredging launch

    SUNSET BEACH — Following questions and debate, Town Council approved at a special meeting Tuesday new dredging cost figures and dredging South Jinks Creek.

    Prior to the vote consultant Robert Neal with Moffatt & Nichol repeatedly said dredging South Jinks Creek would have a negligible effect on additional water outflow velocity, less than 3 percent.

    He said the goal is restore the channel to its original condition or less than what it was.

  • 10th Grissettown Haunted Trail debuts Friday the 12th

    Hurricane Florence delayed but hasn’t washed out Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s 10th-anniversary Haunted Trail this year.

    The annual popular spooky trek for 2018 is scheduled to launch at 7 p.m. this Friday, Oct. 12, at the station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904) in rural Grissettown.

  • Edwin McCain entertains Brunswick County Friday, Oct. 12

    South Carolina rocker Edwin McCain headlines the next concert at Brunswick Community College at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12.

    McCain, a native of Greenville, S.C., gained fame in the 1990s after performing gigs with Hootie & the Blowfish and debuting his hit singles, “I’ll Be” in 1998 and “I Could Not Ask For More” in 1999.

    Called the “great American romantic” by The New York Times, McCain built an enviable career, balancing pop success with a year-round touring schedule.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week at the General Assembly could be described as short and sweet. It was short because of the large amount of work done in advance by the bill drafters and the legislative leaders. It could be called “sweet” because of the preliminary agreement by those leaders and the governor that something had to be done quickly for our citizens struggling with the effects of Hurricane Florence.