Today's News

  • Castle Hayne woman faces prostitution charge

    A Castle Hayne woman is accused of soliciting prostitution.

    Alexandria Kathleen Koenig, 31, of Brookdell Drive was arrested Feb. 1 and charged with misdemeanor solicit prostitution and misdemeanor hiring with intent to defraud.

    Warrants show Koenig solicited a man for prostitution and rented a taxi cab from Taxi Taxi of Wilmington with the intent to deceive on Feb. 1.

    Koenig was booked in the Brunswick County Detention Facility on Feb. 1 and released Feb. 2 on $1,500 bail.

  • County OKs contract with nonprofit fire departments

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County commissioners have approved a revised contract for services with the county’s nonprofit volunteer fire departments.

    The Jan. 22 agreement came after Fire Chiefs Association President Chief Doug Todd of the Tri-Beach Fire Department provided changes in the contract language that cleared the last impasse between county staff and the fire departments.

  • AARP Tax-Aide offers free tax services

    AARP Tax-Aide volunteers provide free high-quality income tax assistance, free federal and state tax preparation and free electronic filing. The service is available to low and moderate-income taxpayers with special attention to those 60 and older. You do not have to be an AARP member or retired to take advantage of this free service.

    IRS certified AARP Tax-Aide volunteers will discuss your tax situation with you, answer your questions, and then prepare and electronically file your tax return or give you paper copies to file yourself.

  • Mobile medical unit to visit Varnamtown on Feb. 6 and March 18

    The ECU/Goshen Medical and flu mobile medical unit will be at 100 Varnamtown Road in Supply from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Feb. 6 and March 18.

    The scope of service will include primary care, all ages; sliding fee scale for those without insurance or with poor insurance; and Goshen will bill insurance for patients who are insured.

    Goshen will provide the mobile medical unit staff and Debra Kosko will be present in the mornings.

    The plan is to return to Varnamtown every two, three or four weeks and needs community input.

  • In God we trust…or do we?

    Trust is such a tiny word. Five little letters strung together to create a mighty force in human life. Trust may well be the call word as we enter each new year, each new phase of life, each birth and re-birth. Yet it is one of those “easy for you, difficult for me” words, which fall facilely from our lips while challenging our innards with roiling trepidation.

  • When we build spaces, there is room for everyone
  • Forceful faith lies in the shadows of life

    Traditionally in the northern hemisphere, the week of prayer is celebrated Jan. 18-25 and is sandwiched between the feasts of St. Peter and St. Paul. It also encompasses a time of remembrance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and a Day of Prayer for the Unborn. According to the World Council of Churches, “At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that ‘they may be one so that the world may believe.’ “

  • Miracles can be found in ordinary experiences

    There is no humdrum in life. Can you, do you, believe it?

    There is no same ol’, same ol’, even if we try to make it so.

    These are not the words mouthed by a deranged individual person. They are not the rantings of a Pollyanna person living in denial or avoidance of reality.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    Most people tend to overlook tree bark as rather uninteresting at best. It’s too bad, because bark is a fascinating and often attractive plant “invention” and is actually rather complex in its various appearances and origin. Of course, it is only developed on woody plants. Clearly, bark varies considerably from species to species, and some types of trees are easily identified by the kind of bark they have.

  • Why you are your most important valentine

    Flash bulletin: Did you know your ability to love someone else is directly related to your ability to love yourself? And I don’t mean in a conceited, narcissistic type of way.

    At your core level it’s essential that you have — or develop — a healthy sense of self-respect. Otherwise, you run the risk of holding back and being on guard so you never fully invest yourself in a relationship. Or you risk totally giving yourself over to someone else to “complete” you.