Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There are places here in the Southeast that naturalists call “pocosins.” These are generally thought of as wetland habitats of the coastal plain, dominated by a fairly large list of plants, most of which are adapted to fires. That is, they respond “positively” to occasional burning. Pocosins are often characterized by peaty soils derived from sphagnum moss deposits.

  • Why are you storing all that stuff?

    By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    One in four homeowners can’t park in his or her garage.

    The United States has more storage facilities than McDonald’s and Starbucks combined.

    And 90 percent of ours are full!

    When I heard those statistics from the Self Storage Association, I was floored. I’ll admit I’ve noticed I now pass as many storage unit businesses on driving trips as auto parts stores, so that should have provided a clue.

  • Lifelong learning, from womb to tomb, is a journey into wisdom
  • Choosing healthy pet treats and toys

    Educational toys and nourishing treats are essential elements of a puppy or kitten’s mental and physical development. Modern-day pets have the benefit of serious science backing our choices of snacks and playthings. Before you splurge on a novelty knickknack, consider these criteria when selecting your new furry family member’s rewards.

    Teaching with toys

  • Busting the myths related to white potatoes

    White potatoes are the No. 1 vegetable crop in the world. Fresh potatoes used to be eaten daily by most Americans, but this has changed because of the increased availability of French fries, other frozen potato products, potato chips and dehydrated potatoes. According to an article published in Advances in Nutrition, fresh potato consumption has gone down by almost 50 percent, while processed potato consumption increased by two-thirds.

  • BSAR’s Anderson receives Inspector General Good Citizen of the Year award

    The Brunswick Search and Rescue Team announced Marci Anderson received the Inspector General Good Citizen of the Year national award from the VA Office of the Inspector General in Washington, D.C.

    This award is granted to a person who has demonstrated bravery, selflessness or disregard for their own safety to render aid or bring comfort to another person or group.

  • Volunteer fire chief faces another assault charge

    Northwest Volunteer Fire & Rescue Department Chief Charles Herzig is accused of assaulting a woman last month.

    Herzig, 36, of Goose Neck Road in Riegelwood was arrested Sept. 20 and charged with misdemeanor assault on a female.

    Warrants show Herzig grabbed a woman’s arms and wrists and punched her mouth and one of her eyes Sept. 19.

    Herzig was booked at the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Sept. 20 and released Sept. 22 on $1,000 bail.

  • Escaped monkey killed after attacking woman in Shallotte

    A Japanese macaque snow monkey that escaped its backyard cage Friday in Shallotte was killed in its neighborhood by a HVAC repairman after it attacked a woman Friday afternoon, Shallotte police Detective Sgt. John Holman said.

    The monkey escaped from its backyard cage at at the home of 47-year-old Thomas John Willis on Kimberly Ann Lane at 12:50 p.m. and attacked the woman as she talked with the repairman, 49-year-old Nathaniel Glenn Morris, outside, Holman said.

  • Extreme weather changes tend to trigger migraine drama

    Every time there is a dramatic change in the weather, I’ll develop a sinus infection or a migraine headache — occasionally both at the same time, but always when I’m at my busiest.

  • Exercise patience during Hurricane Florence recovery

    Ever since Hurricane Florence smashed into the Carolinas, everyone has been trying to return to normal as quickly as possible.

    As people who had evacuated Brunswick County slowly but surely returned, even those who came back to find minimal destruction to their property were inconvenienced while government offices and many local businesses remained closed because of structural damage or a lack of supplies and resources.