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Today's News

  • Five people face cocaine charges

    Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrested five people on cocaine charges in separate cases.

    Preston Jaquan Bryant, 22, of Dawson Street in Wilmington was arrested April 18 and charged with possession with intent to sell, distribute or manufacture cocaine, selling or delivering cocaine, conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine and misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia while Amber Shalie Burch, 22, of Cadefel Court in Wilmington also was arrested April 18 and charged with conspiracy to sell or deliver cocaine.

  • Mistakes that would rankle ‘Dirty Harry Gardener’

    If tax time had you awake in the wee hours of the morning watching television, you saw all kinds of old movie marathons. I was watching several of the old “Dirty Harry” Clint Eastwood flicks last week. You’ll remember Harry Callihan as the anti-hero with the unconventional methods who always helps the good guys win. 

    What if there was a “Dirty Harry” for horticulture whose sole purpose was to prevent unnecessary insults and poor treatment of plants — a crape myrtle cop, a verbena vigilante? 

  • Eat more fish

    A couple weeks ago I wrote about NC Catch, Brunswick Catch and the NC10% Campaign. All of these groups encourage us to eat more fish — especially local fish. I’d like to pick up on this topic again.

    Living by the coast gives us some wonderful advantages. Not only can we go to the beach, but we can get fresh locally caught seafood more often. This makes it easier for us to achieve those nutrition and health recommendations that say eat more fish. The 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends we eat at least eight ounces of seafood a week.

  • The At-Home Advocate: Being the best nurse for your pet, part 1

    “Keep a watch also on the faults of the patients …” — Hippocrates

     

    “I can’t remember if I gave her all the pills; she certainly didn’t like them. I’m pretty sure she got most of them. I don’t understand why she’s still sick?”

    At least she was honest. Caring for a sick pet can be a challenge.

  • Difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations
  • How to develop more patience in your life

    By Linda Arnold

     

    We’ve all been there: Waiting impatiently at a red light. Counting the seconds until your meal arrives at a restaurant. Checking and rechecking email for a response.

    “Just have a little patience,” you’re told by friends. “All good things come to those who wait.” Good advice, to be sure. Not always so easy to put into practice, though.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     

    Ah, the Blue Ridge Parkway: truly one of our national treasures. An incredible amount of scenery and natural history abounds all along its length, and all year long. Although there is no “wrong” time to be on the Parkway — unless it’s snowing heavily — many people say mid- to late spring is the best, mostly because of the amazing variety of blooming plants to see. This shrub is one of those plants.

  • Pecans add a unique, rich taste to many foods

    With April being National Pecan Month, this is the perfect time to take advantage of the versatility of pecans and their health benefits at the same time.

    You can say PEE-can, PEE-kawn, pa-CAN or pa-KAWN. However, the overwhelming choice among Americans is PEE-can. Nearly half of all pecan consumers prefer this pronunciation of the all-American tree nut, while the rest of country is somewhat split between pa-KAWN and PEE-kawn.

  • District court docket for April 10, 11 and 13

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on April 10, 11 and 13 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Tuesday, April 10

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah B. McPherson and courtroom clerk Courtney Graham-Evans:

  • Former paper struggles to fight the good fight

    Last Friday, I trekked up to Florence, S.C., for an overdue annual checkup with my doctor (and to figure out the next step for tackling my more frequent and persistent migraines). After getting a new prescription and having blood drawn to gauge how all my other meds are working, I decided to surprise my best friend Tracy at her office.

    We met when we both worked at the Morning News — she in prepress, me in the newsroom — when the press was in a back lot on Railroad Avenue and the offices were on South Irby Street.