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Today's Features

  •       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.

  •  Maybe it’s the season of nearly summer with spring still bearing signs of winter’s chill that is affecting me. Maybe it’s the lingering last days of my college pal suffering with cancer’s invasion on multiple fronts. Maybe it’s the slowly leaking drip of departures opening tears and tears in my circle of friends. I am not sure of the cause, but I am feeling the pain of the effect. There is a heart heaviness I cannot shake.

  •   In last week’s column, I talked about fruits and vegetables and the health recommendations that we all should be eating more fruits and vegetables. The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans say we should aim for two-and-a-half cups of vegetables and two cups of fruit each day. That shouldn’t be too hard to do, but the current statistics show that 75 percent of us don’t get close to that amount.

  •     If you’re like me, boneless chicken breasts can be boring. I’ve published many recipes for chicken breasts and I’m sure you have plenty of your own you’ve tried over the years.

    I’ve prepared sautéed, fried, baked, grilled and even pouched chicken breasts. I’ve stuffed, barbecued, breaded, chopped and even pureed when making a chicken spread. But the easiest way, for me, is to just sauté skinless, boneless chicken breasts in a little oil and butter and then add a special sauce at the end of my liking.

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    Yvonna “Bonnie” Tibbals of Shallotte was the second runner-up in the Ms. North Carolina Senior America Pageant on April 16. More than 200 attended the event in Pinehurst, which featured 10 contestants.

    Rebecca Ann Taylor from Brown Summit received the Ms. North Carolina Senior America 2016 title and crown. She and other state queens will compete for the national title of Ms. Senior America 2016-17 the week of Oct. 16-21 in Atlantic City, N.J.