Today's News

  • NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative under way

    The N.C. Department of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Division is issuing a call for applicants for its annual Bicycle Helmet Initiative.

    The NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” specialty license plate to pay for bike helmets that are distributed at bicycle safety events for underprivileged children.

    Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear one while biking, helmets can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent.

  • Endowment awards $500,000 in grants to area nonprofits

    The North Carolina Community Foundation has announced $500,000 in grant awards across eastern North Carolina from the Louise Oriole Burevitch Endowment.

    Grants were awarded to nonprofits serving education, health and human services in 41 eastern counties, including:

    • $50,000 to the Coastal Horizons Center Inc. in New Hanover County supporting the Wilmington Health Access for Teens, which provides comprehensive mental health and primary care services at five sites in New Hanover County with four school-based health centers in the public high schools.

  • ACLU to host community event about cash bail

    The American Civil Liberties Union of North Carolina will host “Ending Cash Bail: A Community Conversation” in Wilmington on Saturday, Dec. 8, from 1 to 3 p.m. at New Hanover County Northeast Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road in Wilmington. This event is free and open to the public.

    The event is part of the civil liberties group’s statewide campaign to raise awareness about the cash bail system.

  • NCDOT seeks entries for inaugural Mobi Awards

    The N.C. Department of Transportation wants to honor North Carolina towns, cities and counties that have completed multimodal transportation projects that spurred economic development, created jobs, improved public health and enhanced communities.

    NCDOT is seeking entries for its inaugural NCDOT Mobi Awards (Mobility). The Mobi Awards will showcase the important role that investments in aviation, bike and pedestrian facilities, ferries, public transportation, roadways and rail play in creating healthy, vibrant communities and sparking economic development.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff's Office reports, Nov. 15

    Released at 11:22 a.m. Nov. 16, 2018, by Emily B. Flax, Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office public information officer/community engagement


  • BCC trustees choose Dr. Gene Smith as new president

    BOLIVIA—In a unanimous vote after a closed session during their regular meeting Thursday night, the Brunswick Community College Board of Trustees chose Dr. Gene Smith for the position held by Dr. Susanne Adams, the college’s first female president.

    Adams announced in February she will retire in January. Smith will assume the position Jan. 2. Trustee chair Alan Holden said Smith has already been advised of his hiring and has accepted the position.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    There won’t be much of a mystery with this one, as it is quite familiar, appearing repeatedly during the holiday season. The fruits are edible: tart and crunchy, lending themselves to a myriad recipes, especially centered around the perfect sauce. Lumpy and pink, like Pepto-Bismol? Or smooth, glistening and red? Maybe mixed up with ground walnuts, or even some minced jalapeño? Everyone has their favorite version, and there always seems to be place for it at the holiday table, right next to the pickle tray.

  • To receive thanks is to be at the portal of giving thanks

    November rolls around with its annual invitation to give thanks for the multiple harvests of goodness in our lives. For some, perhaps for many, the wagon of gratitude overflows. There is so much goodness, so much bountifulness, in their lives because benevolence is never overlooked. Grace abounds in every nook and cranny.

  • ThanksLIVING: A holiday twist to celebrate

    By Linda Arnold

    Live Life Fully

    Thanksgiving is my second favorite holiday, only to be surpassed by New Year’s Day — the ultimate new beginning (but that’s another column!)

    My family, friends and co-workers have been known to secretly (or not-so-secretly) groan when I’ve pulled out the traditional decorations over the years and “The First Thanksgiving” story, encouraging everyone to read a stanza while passing around the pilgrim hat to wear. One can never get too much of Miles Standish, Priscilla Alden and Squanto!

  • Holiday food rules for pets

    Welcome to the holidays! If you’re like many Americans, the day after a holiday should be called “leftovers.” For many American pets, it should be called “GI upset.” That's because too many pets will be fed too many leftover foods that will result in too many, er, potty breaks. To help your pet avoid the “leftover runs” or worse, follow my holiday food rules for pets.