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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Recycling makes sense for ecology, economy

    This Earth Day, which was observed Sunday, April 22, focused on reducing plastic pollution. Data provided by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality show North Carolinians throw away enough plastic bottles to reach the height of Cape Hatteras Lighthouse every 3.9 seconds.

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    A highlight of last week at the North Carolina General Assembly was

    a meeting of a work group of the House Select Committee on School Safety. The School Physical Safety Work Group met April 17 to work on immediate solutions to make our schools as safe as possible. The other work group is working on long-term solutions such as psychologists and counselors.

  • Don’t fall for the quick fix

    By Josh Stein

    Guest Columnist

    Spring cleaning sometimes leads to spring home repairs. Updating or fixing your home can be stressful. There are many decisions to make and, of course, you want to make sure that any work done on your home is done well and lasts.

  • Holden Beach Beautification Club plant sale April 27-28

    The Holden Beach Beautification Club is having its seventh annual plant sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 27, and Saturday, April 28, at the Emergency Operations Center at 1044 Sabbath Home Road near Food Lion.

    There will be a great variety of landscaping plants, perennials and annuals as well as gardening gloves available for purchase (cash and checks only).

    All proceeds go toward the continual landscaping of Holden Beach as well as the entrance to the bridge. For more information, call Pat Schwaiger at (910) 846-3129.