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Today's Features

  • By John Nelson

    Whatever humor this little plant might have must be truly tasteless. Well, its fruits are tasteless, anyway. The fruits are gorgeous, brilliant red and are dead ringers for the cultivated strawberry. Bite into it, though, and you’ll get a watery flavor, and not much else. Sort of like damp cardboard.

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickening-sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden. Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down. Luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  •  Getting kids to eat the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables a day can be a challenge for parents. The key is to make the fruits and veggies appealing to them, but how? Some nutrition experts have observed children are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables that are cut up, rather than eating them whole. After cutting up your produce, why not offer a dip to make the experience more enticing and fun?

  •       Graduation time looms large across the nation. Senior year students in high schools, colleges, universities are embroiled in the departure/arrival moments, with all the mixed emotions involved. Applications have been filed, received, and returned with news of acceptance … or not. A sense of finality tinges the excitement of new beginnings with unease, if not sadness. Holding on is as an impelling force as letting go.

  •       Graduation time looms large across the nation. Senior year students in high schools, colleges, universities are embroiled in the departure/arrival moments, with all the mixed emotions involved. Applications have been filed, received, and returned with news of acceptance … or not. A sense of finality tinges the excitement of new beginnings with unease, if not sadness. Holding on is as an impelling force as letting go.

  • By John Nelson

    This is a plant to dye for.

    Now, the process of dyeing, or otherwise coloring fabrics and textiles, has long been an important economic preoccupation, and of course, many different, and unrelated plant (and animal) species have been used around the world as sources of various dyes.

  •     Cinco de Mayo in Spanish means the fifth of May. Most of the Cinco de Mayo celebrations that take place occur in the town of Puebla, the site of the Mexican army’s unlikely victory over French forces in 1862.

  • On a sunny Monday in April, Doc Mishler was a man on a mission as he rode and led his two horses through Shallotte, then up U.S. 17.

    As the usual heavy traffic breezed by on the hectic highway, Mishler and Charity II, the horse he was riding, along with gelding White Cloud who was tagging along for the ride, ambled steadily northward on the grassy shoulder.

    Pausing briefly after crossing Cumbee Road with his two equines, Mishler, 79, said he has been riding around the country to raise awareness about feeding the hungry.

  • Two area events are serving up wine and an array of accompanying accoutrements and festivities in coming days.

    The Ocean Isle Museum Foundation has scheduled its annual biggest Wine Fest fundraiser from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Saturday, April 30, at the museum at 21 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    This year’s Wine Fest theme is inspired by Tuscany.

  • It’s the season to celebrate spring and have a fling in the process.

    The new Gathering Place Farm Tables and Furniture shop at 9501 Ocean Highway (U.S. 17) in Carolina Shores is having its first Spring Fling from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 30.

    The public is invited to gather to greet neighbors, make new friends and visit the new store featuring handmade furnishings and décor as well as items from around the world and furnishings shows in Atlanta.