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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Wetlands are natural habitats featuring a lot of water … usually. They are dynamic ecosystems, exhibiting a number of complicated physical and biological interactions. They also provide home for a huge array of plant and animal species.

    Across North America, unfortunately, many kinds of wetlands are becoming increasingly rare, as they have commonly fallen victim to urbanization and landscape manipulation. Of course, when wetlands are sufficiently disturbed or destroyed, their resident plants and animals also suffer, commonly disappearing.

  • Finding your ‘why’ and living on purpose

    By Linda Arnold

     

    A friend said to me recently, “On the outside it looks like I’m living the dream. Yet, I have this hollow feeling inside, a nagging that keeps tugging at me. And then I feel guilty for not being more grateful.”

    If you feel like you’re drifting or “stuck,” you’re in good company. Lots of folks are in this boat  and beating themselves up because they just don’t feel “jazzed.”

  • Are we alive under the pain of mortal sinfulness?

    From the opening paragraphs of his newest novel, “Under Pain of Mortal Sin,” Donald Cozzens jump-starts the reader into the multi-faceted dilemma of today’s church. One is immediately caught and held in the mystery and complexity of human suffering under the pain of “mortal” sinfulness. 

  • More on eating beans

    In last week’s column I made the case for replacing some of the meat in your diet with beans. Overall, beans have fewer calories and saturated fats and more fiber than meat. I’m not talking about green beans or string beans, but those that are called “dry” beans. These are beans like kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo and navy.

  • Ground pearls remain local lawn scourge

    Thirty-two years ago, I was a young Extension agent working in Cumberland County. The sandy soils around Fayetteville have many of the same problems that make growing grass such a challenge here in the Wilmington area, with the scale insect we call ground pearls being at the top of the most-hated list.

  • Memorial Day ceremonies honor those who gave all

    It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of our country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Wednesday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • Mary Alice Monroe book-signing May 25 at Silver Coast Winery

    New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe is scheduled to be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, promoting her latest can’t-miss coastal read, “Beach House Reunion.”

    Monroe will be on hand to meet with the public and read and sign copies of her new hardcover book, which went on sale May 22, at this two-hour event presented by Pelican Bookstore of Sunset Beach.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes a glass of wine.

  • 10th Hot Rods & Hamburgers fires up Saturday

    On Saturday, May 26, enjoy a good day of music, good food and good friends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 10th annual Hot Rods & Hamburgers Cruise In Food Social at Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, hosted by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club.

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are free to all classic car cruisers. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m.

    There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to 2018 Brunswick County Toy Run. Find more information about this effort at BrunswickToyRun.org.

  • The Tams cap Leland, OIB summer concerts

    The Tams have been entertaining and thrilling audiences for more than half a century.

    They’re scheduled to perform at Leland’s third summer concert of the season at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, May 24, in Leland Municipal Park, 102 Town Hall Drive.

    They’ll also light up the stage of this season’s first Ocean Isle Beach Summer Concert starting at 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 25, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 21 E. Second St.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department, May 12-15 2018

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents and made these arrests. All information is taken directly from incident reports.

    May 12

    Christopher Faulk, 43, of Tobacco Road, Fairmont, was arrested on a protection order violation.

    May 15

    Allison Nicole Ray, 42, of Hallsboro Road North, Whiteville, was arrested on an assault charge.