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Today's News

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, Aug. 7-11 2019

    Aug. 7

    Julian Wyatt Hester, 18, of Ash Little River Road, Ash, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of marijuana less than .5 ounce.

    Elania Addisson Burns, 16, of Susan Drive, Shallotte, charged with consumption of alcohol younger than 18 years old.

    Aug. 8

    Derek Craig Leighton, 33, of Royal Poste Road, Sunset Beach, arrested on outstanding habitual felony warrant.

    Aug. 11

    Trespassing reported; subjects fishing in the Riverside neighborhood on the island.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Two mystery plants at once! These two species will serve nicely for a consideration of what we call a “genus.”

    The modern concept of the genus as a taxonomic category began coming into play amongst botanists in the late 17th century. Briefly, a genus was recognized (and still is) as a convenient way to group closely related species. The dictionary definition of this word suggests “group” or “kind,” generally involving the notion of close relationships among its constituent members.

  • Creating your energy in a troubled world

    By Linda Arnold

    Now hear this: You and you alone are responsible for the way you feel. Even with everything going on in our world. Random acts of violence, and the uncertainty they create, can knock you off your block. So what can you do?

    Physics lessons

    You may not think you’re applying physics in your daily life. You absolutely are, though. I took Physics 125 in college, although it was a photography course. And that’s the mirror image I want to demonstrate.

  • A Second Look: Surprises arrive when life is viewed from the perspective of midwifery

    Life, like midwifery, is more art than science; even if or when we attempt to convince ourselves this is not an accurate analysis. I came to this conclusion experientially. It was also derived unexpectedly from my reading, “The German Midwife” by Mandy Robotham.

  • Why is my dog’s skin so greasy?

    Dear Dr. Ward: I’ve been enjoying your series on skin diseases in pets. I’ve got a problem I hope you can help me with. My Roscoe has developed really oily, almost greasy skin the past few months. I bathe him regularly, but it keeps coming back. He doesn’t seem to scratch much, but he’s leaving little fatty spots wherever he lies, especially on our couch. My husband is beginning to complain that Roscoe has a “weird smell.” What do you think it is and what can I do to help him?  

  • More ideas and information on butter beans

    Last week’s column on butter beans has inspired many more questions, ideas and information.

  • Cancer survivor Wendy Wowk launches 10th year at Calabash jewelry shop

    CALABASH — She’s a survivor and a trouper, not to mention skilled jewelry maker.

    Wendy Wowk doesn’t know any other way — fighting for her life against cancer while making a way of life in the process.

    She’s been making jewelry for about as long as she’s been alive, starting in childhood when her dad, who worked for the phone company back in her native New Jersey, brought home phone wire.

  • Library cooks up local book authors Aug. 8 and 15

    They were fledgling authors who are getting more seasoned.

    Local orthopedic surgeon Thomas Kelso unveils his second book, “Hyperion’s Fracture,” with an appearance at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, at the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library at 9400 Ocean Hwy. in Carolina Shores.

  • Band of the Week: Fans follow yellow brick road to Band of Oz in Shallotte

    The Band of Oz, headlining the next Shallotte Summerfest concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, has been entertaining crowds for more than half a century.

    The land of the band dates back to the mid-1960s in the Pitt County town of Grifton, where a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born.

    The group was described as a guitar-and-keyboard group playing local school sock hops, private parties “and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

    A cucumber from a garden of bad dreams? Not at all, but it is a marvelous member of the melon family (or “Cucurbitaceae”). It’s edible, it’s reputed to have a number of medicinal properties, and it’s easy to grow in your garden where it will make quite a display.