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Today's News

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina General Assembly, budget meetings continued May 9 and 10, the House Select Committee on School Safety approved its report of recommendations, and most House and Senate members survived their primary elections.

  • You decide: should we pay Amazon to come to North Carolina?

    By Dr, Mike Walden

    Guest Columnist

    The Final Four is over; now it’s time for the “Final 20.”

    What sport is this, you say? It’s for the Amazon Cup, the 50,000 job, multi-billion dollar investment for the cyber retail giant’s second headquarters. North Carolina has a player in the competition, the Triangle region, and now Amazon analysts are making visits to the final 20 before announcing a winner sometime this year.

  • Listen to our teachers

    In 2013, the General Assembly voted to

    eliminate tenure for public school teachers and moved teachers instead to a system of one-, two- or four-year contracts, to be in effect by the 2017-18 school year. At the same time, the legislature left it up to the state’s school districts to figure out how to implement the Teacher Employment Law.

    Having tenure meant teachers had the right to appeal changes in their employment status. Under the law, all teachers with tenure are to lose it as of July 1 this year.

  • Warmer weather means it’s time for chilled soups and salads

    Chilled soups are a great idea for these warmer days when you just want something light. And what would taste better than a cool salad made with cantaloupe and cucumber?

    When I started thinking about making some chilled soups, I came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge — no going to the store for an ingredient or two that you probably won’t be using again until the kids leave home.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    But, look, the morn, in russet mantle clad,

    Walks o'er the dew of yon high eastward hill.

                                    Shakespeare, Hamlet, Act 1, Scene 1

     

  • Life lessons from our mothers live on

    By Linda Arnold

     

    Sunday marked my ninth Mother’s Day without my mother.

    It’s always a time of reflection. Sometimes it seems longer than nine years, and sometimes it doesn’t seem that long.

    For many of you, this may be your first, and those “firsts” are tough — whether it’s Mother’s Day, a birthday, an anniversary or that first holiday. These are powerful triggers that start building before the event and endure after it’s over. 

  • Reese Graves collects wish list items for her birthday

    Reese Graves, daughter of Matthew and Danielle Graves, requested to collect wish list items for her birthday for the Duke Cancer Center’s Caring House. The Brunswick Community College Odell Williamson Auditorium assisted in the collection in honor of Michael Sapp, auditorium director. The OWA patrons and her birthday party attendees provided a vanload of toilet paper, paper towels and plastic cups for the Caring House. Reese is a rising kindergartner at Southeastern Christian Academy and is a member of Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • To retain is to embrace

    I was going merrily along my way, preparing to facilitate a weekly Bible study, when I received an email from a minister pal who received it from a Preacher’s Study Guide, which contained quotes from preacher Mary Hinkle Shore, who paraphrased professor and biblical scholar Sandra Schneiders. With that circuitous route to be traveled, I knew what I read would either be very good or not so good. It was the former.

  • Support clean water May 19 on area’s beaches

    As a veterinarian, I’ve dedicated my life to serving animals. Most of you know me as a strong advocate for animal welfare, particularly my fight against puppy mills (sadly, it’s a battle we’re still fighting).

  • Oh my, gas!

    The research is in. Beans are in!

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s My Plate Food Guide classifies beans as both a high-protein food such as lean meat, poultry, fish, eggs and nuts, and in the vegetable group.