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Today's News

  • School board approves personnel changes

    The Brunswick County Board of Education approved these personnel changes after a closed session during their regular meeting June 5:

    Under administrative recommendations, the board approved Stephen Foster as the executive director of human resources, effective July 2.

  • World War II memories take flight during bomber visit

    OAK ISLAND — Ninety-three-year-old Jimmy Smith was among those who went to Cape Fear Regional Jetport on June 7 to see the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast.

    As a civilian, Smith worked for a printing company, married his late wife Martha Smith and had four children: Cindy and Jim Jr., who live in the area, and daughters Christy and Amelia, who have since died.

    As a soldier, Smith served in World War II, having been drafted at 18.

  • Sailors recognize schools that remembered them during holidays

    WINNABOW — Students and staff at Supply and Town Creek elementary schools reached out to sailors aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt during the holidays to show their appreciation for keeping our nation safe.

    Those sailors made sure to share their gratitude for the gesture before the 2017-18 school year was over.

     

     

     

  • District court docket for May 30, 31 and June 1

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on May 30, 31 and June 1 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.

     

    Wednesday, May 30

    Judge Scott L. Ussery presided over the following cases with prosecutor Troy M. Cronk and courtroom clerk Kimberly Gonzalez:

  • Stock up on fresh berries from local farmers markets

    The berries are back again! Available practically year-round at the supermarket, blackberries, blueberries and strawberries just taste better when bought from a local farmers market. Being from the North, we were able to also grow raspberries, which unfortunately is hard to do here in Brunswick County.

    Berries are rich in antioxidants, fiber, folate and potassium. They are also virtually fat-free and low in calories, except when smothered in whipped cream. But don’t let that stop you from enjoying a variety of them in a dessert.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    I’m a botanist, of course, and I’ve always got my eyes open for good botanical art. One of my favorite plant paintings is by Albrecht Dürer, “Das grosse Rasenstück.”

  • Do negative memories keep coming up for you?

    By Linda Arnold

     

    “Misty water-colored memories.” 

    That’s how Barbra Streisand described bittersweet thoughts in her signature song, “The Way We Were.”

    I once heard in a seminar that all memories are sad. The thinking was that, even if it was a good memory, it invokes nostalgia because it’s not happening now.

  • What it was, was football

    The season is over, or so they say. No more marathon, channel switching, team-groaning Sundays, Mondays or whatever. I have never been able to grasp the purpose of the game, nor understand its rules. So, season’s end only means I get to see the programs I love.

  • Dr. Ernie Ward’s Canine Anti-Cancer Cocktail

    Modern veterinary medicine is adept at recognizing and treating many forms of diseases that were once deadly. As a practicing veterinarian, I certainly value and appreciate these life-saving advances.

    What really excites me, however, is the idea that we can avoid many diseases and illnesses through simple lifestyle changes. My goal is to take preventive veterinary medicine beyond vaccines and dewormers and into the realm of nutrition, exercise, relaxation and complementary treatments.

  • The beauty of summer-flowering mimosa is fleeting

    When most think of a mimosa, it’s a good excuse to drink a bit of sparkling wine early in the day with some of Florida’s favorite breakfast beverage. Those of us with the permanent dirt (soil) under our fingernails think of a summer-flowering plant with the botanical name of Albizzia julibrissin that definitely doesn’t roll off the tongue. While the Latin may be a bit cumbersome, the pink flowers on this fast- and easy-to-grow small tree catch the attention of even casual gardeners.