Today's News

  • Delco teen cleared of charges in attempted murder case

    A teen accused of trying to kill two people and damaging a third person’s car has been cleared of the charges against him.

    Judge Scott L. Ussery voluntarily dismissed two counts of attempted murder and count of injury to personal property against Jadakiss Jeheim Watkins, 16, on June 4.

    Court records show the charges were dismissed because the case was not prepared for probable cause and Ussery denied the state’s motion to continue. Troy M. Cronk was the prosecutor.

  • District court docket for June 4, 5 and 6


    The following cases were adjudicated over three days of District Criminal Court on June 4, 5 and 6 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.


    Monday, June 4

    Judge C. Ashley Gore presided over the following cases with prosecutor Sarah McPherson and courtroom clerk Jennifer Jones:

  • Bringing back the pollinators

    By Sam Marshall


    Did you know that your backyard has the ability to support more than 1,000 different species of insects at any given time? Given that there may be upwards of 10 quintillion individual insects on the planet at one time, it should come as no surprise that insects have a remarkable ability to adapt an amazing diversity of habitats, including our backyards. So read on to learn more about you can protect pollinators.


    Why the urgency?

  • Pietrafesas celebrate 50th anniversary

    Marilyn Tully and Len Pietrafesa were married June 22, 1968, in Bloomfield, N.J.

    They met in Chicago and after marrying, moved to Corvallis, Ore., and then to Seattle. They settled in Raleigh, where they raised three daughters.

    Since they retired — Len from N.C. State and Marilyn from Wake County Public Schools — they moved to Ocean Isle Beach and Charlotte, where they spend their time golfing, traveling the world and enjoying their four grandchildren.

  • Pair grilled meats with skewer-friendly fruits and veggies

    In case you didn’t get the memo, today (June 21) is the first day of summer. It seems to me, though, it actually started a few weeks earlier.

    We all enjoy grilling meats on our outdoor grills this time of year, especially during these hot, summer months. Heating up the kitchen oven doesn’t seem like a good option for me.

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

  • Fathers, daddies and families — it can be complicated

    By Linda Arnold


    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.


    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Liles-Lancaster wedding

    Lauren Hillary Liles and Tyler Morris Lancaster, both of Raleigh, were united in marriage Saturday, May 19, at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Liles Jr. of Raleigh. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Ned W. LaFevers and the late Doris LaFevers and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Liles Sr., all of Morganton.

  • We are gifted with the ability and opportunities to ask questions
  • Bone broth for pets

    Over the past few years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the benefits for bone broths for pets. I’ve got to be honest, I’m skeptical about some of the health claims the bone broth brotherhood claim, and there’s little scientific evidence to back its widespread usage. That said, I’m not against trying bone broths for your pets, as long as you’re informed and use the safest meat or poultry.