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Today's News

  • North Carolinian featured in ‘Mermaid World’ at Fort Fisher Aquarium

    KURE BEACH — 20 feet below the surface of a natural spring, Lydia Byrd finds herself eyes wide open, blowing heart-shaped kisses, fulfilling her dreams. Byrd is a mountain girl living in a mermaid’s world and loving it.

    Her underwater odyssey began in the shadow of North Carolina’s highest peak and has now landed her, shimmering tail and all, in a magical adventure at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

  • Bark in the Park goes for a walk Saturday in Leland

    Take your dog(s) for a walk while fulfilling all things canine. You might even find a new pet.

    The 10th annual Bark in the Park is back from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 9, in Leland Municipal Park at 113 Town Hall Drive.

    This “dog-centric” event, conducted in partnership with Capeside Animal Hospital and Furever Friends Animal Rescue, will include a free rabies clinic for Leland residents.

  • Residents question proposed rezoning in Carolina Shores

    CAROLINA SHORES — Residents have begun questioning a proposed rezoning they say is an effort to build section 8 housing.

    During public comment at the town board of commissioners monthly workshop Monday, Beacon Townes resident Donna Lowry said she attended a recent property owners association meeting about the matter.

    “There wasn’t one person in Beacon Townes who was not against rezoning,” she said. “At present, everyone’s against it.”

  • Former Sunset Beach administrator drops lawsuit against town, councilman

    Former Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker has filed to dismiss a lawsuit she filed last year against the town and town councilman Richard Cerrato claiming wrongful termination, defamation and emotional distress.

    Parker’s motion for dismissal filed Feb. 22 in Brunswick County Superior Court follows the town’s motion for dismissal of the lawsuit filed Jan. 4.

    Parker and her attorney, Randolph M. James of Winston-Salem, filed for voluntary dismissal “without prejudice,” meaning she could re-file the lawsuit in the future.

  • ‘Beachfront Bargain Hunt’ show in Sunset Beach this week

    SUNSET BEACH — If you see drones flying over Sunset Beach in the next few days, don’t be alarmed.

    Producers with “Beachfront Bargain Hunt,” an HGTV show, are coming to town to film a segment in Sunset Beach, which will include aerial shots by drones.

    Town Administrator Hiram Marziano, speaking at the town council meeting Monday night, said the show has been vetted and has paid the town’s $1,000 permit fees.

  • How many awesome things happened around you today?

    By Linda Arnold

    Quick: What does the cool side of the pillow have in common with finding money in a coat pocket? They both rank among the little things in life that bring us the most joy.

    Sure, the major milestones leave their marks on our lives. How often do they occur, though? And what sustains us in between those times?

  • 14th Intercultural Festival celebrates diversity Sunday, March 10

    Hurricane Florence may have temporarily knocked out last year’s Brunswick County Intercultural Festival, but the September storm didn’t knock it down for good.

    The festival that traditionally takes place in the fall is now set for a closer-to-spring, postponed indoor rendition.

    The 14th annual event is scheduled for 2-6 p.m. Sunday, March 10, in Odell Williamson Auditorium and its Virginia Williamson Event Center on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    Admission and parking are free.

  • Homemade soups can be warming, refreshing and economical

    My friend Pat says she’s “never met a soup she didn’t like.” 

    You probably never thought of it this way, but soup can be a multifunctional food. On a chilly day, it can be warming. A cold soup can be refreshing on a hot summer day. On a busy day, soup can be a quick meal. Soups can be made ahead of time and reheated or frozen. Soups can be economical. Using a slow cooker, soups can be waiting for you when you get home.

  • Come, everything’s ready — and there’s still room

    Based on the Gospel reading about the feast prepared for guests who declined the invitation with a variety of excuses and explanations, the women of Slovenia have prepared a challenging message for the 2019 World Day of Prayer. They gave it the title, “Come, Everything is Ready.”

  • Do small dogs live longer?

    As a practicing veterinarian of nearly 30 years, I’ve been nagged by an obvious and seemingly unanswerable question: Why do small dogs live longer than large dogs? For years it’s been widely accepted and understood in the pet world that tiny teacup poodles will live 10 or more years longer than a Great Dane. They’re both dogs, share the same basic DNA, eat the same types of foods and live in similar homes. Yet one breed lives up to three times longer. Why? Scientists have begun to shed some light on this mystery.