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Today's News

  • Why is setting boundaries so hard?

    You did it again.

    You said “yes” to that request when you vowed not to. Took on that extra project at work or church. Caved in on a program of restrictions to a child. Rushed in to rescue that family member again. 

    Why is it so hard for us to set boundaries and stick with them?

    First of all, there are more elements to the equation than you. Other people are involved, and that’s where the wild cards come in.

    You teach people how to treat you. We all do.

  • A Second Look: Slight stroke of consciousness can radically change one’s perspective

    It happened long ago. In a way it was also in a land far away. Yet memories resurrect its presence and I am newly enlivened in the process.

    I was 20 years old and nearing graduation from college when my mother expressed a desire long held in her heart. She wanted a portrait of me at the age of 21. Why this was her hope and dream, I did not know, nor ever will. It was only necessary for me to understand the import for her.

  • Measles outbreaks and pet vaccine confusion

    Measles is making the news again. After largely laying dormant for decades, the potentially fatal contagious disease is back, infecting hundreds of children nationwide over the past couple of years. Confusion over vaccines, inflamed by high-profile Hollywood celebrities and social media, has led many parents to question the safety, benefits and necessity of childhood immunizations. That confusion is spilling over to pets, with many owners skipping vaccines and leaving veterinarians worried about resurgence of long-forgotten diseases. 

  • It’s time to test your nutrition knowledge

    This is my last column in March and I didn’t want to let it get away without mentioning it is National Nutrition Month. This nutrition and education campaign is celebrated annually by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. I have worked closely with members of this academy for many years and admire and respect them and the work they do.

  • Attorney General releases open government guide to promote transparency and accountability

    Attorney General Josh Stein has released the North Carolina Open Government Guide to help North Carolinians understand and navigate the state’s public records and open meetings laws, including guidance about digital communications and social media. The guide was produced in collaboration with the North Carolina Press Association and the Sunshine Center of the North Carolina Open Government Coalition.

  • Dam road closes again in Sunset Lakes

    Hurricane Florence is blamed for the closing once again of a damaged causeway road crossing Lake Medcalf in the Sunset Lakes community.

    Duane Lewis with the Sunset Lakes Homeowners Association said the road has been closed for months after a vehicle crossing the causeway broke through pavement, causing damages.

    Once again, operators of The Pearl have opened up use of a back road through the adjacent golf course property so residents on the north side of the closed road have a way to get to and from their homes.

  • Master Gardeners plant sale April 4 and 6 in Bolivia

    Master Gardeners plant sales

    In 2019, the NC Extension Master Gardeners of Brunswick County will continue their tradition to hold unique plant sales offering a diverse variety of plants exclusively selected by Master Gardeners for the Coastal Carolinas.

    April plant sale

    The April plant sale is set for Thursday, April 4, and Saturday April 6, from 9 a.m. to noon. The event will be closed Friday, April 5, to restock for Saturday sales.

  • Death penalty sought in Shallotte stabbing deaths

    The state is seeking the death penalty against a Calabash felon charged with stabbing to death a Shallotte couple and injuring their daughter in January.

    Torrence O’Neal Helms Jr., 30, of High Point Avenue, faces two counts of murder and single counts of attempted murder, robbery with a dangerous weapon, fleeing to elude arrest with a motor vehicle and misdemeanor resisting a public officer. He is being held at the Brunswick County Detention Facility without bail.

  • Leland man charged with manslaughter in December alcohol-related death

    A Leland man has been arrested in connection with a December alcohol poisoning death.

    Troy Lee Benson, 48, of Woodford Road was arrested March 19 and charged with felony involuntary manslaughter, misdemeanor contributing to the delinquency of a minor and misdemeanor giving spirituous liquor to a person less than 21 years of age.

  • REVA hosts charity bowling tournament

     On Feb. 3, the Rivers Edge Veterans Association (REVA) hosted a charity bowling tournament attended by 121 bowlers at Planet Fun in Shallotte to raise funds for the Warrior Ride of Oak Island and the REVA scholarship program. Members of the winning team with a total pin score of 2799 are from left: Regina Schliewe, Gary Schliewe, Mike Burns, Andrew Burns and Little Man Axel. More than $2,000 was raised for the charities.