Today's Features

  • Loropetalums, phlox, daffodils, crabapples, redbuds and cherries are in various stages of bloom. That must mean we’re in the main spring season in southeastern North Carolina. It’s a bit overwhelming with everything blooming at once. Sometimes I wish I could spread it out a bit.  But, it is a glorious time in the garden so get out and enjoy it.

  • The board of advisors of the Brunswick County Community Foundation is accepting grant applications for projects funded from its community grantmaking fund, board president Barbara Patten said.

    Funds are available for nonprofits that serve general charitable needs in Brunswick County. Applications are available online beginning March 2. Go to nccommunityfoundation.org for information about applying. The deadline for submitting applications is noon April 3.

  • As May approaches, the Historic Wilmington Foundation is gearing up to celebrate National Preservation Month, sponsored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation since 1973.

    To honor those who strive to preserve local history, the foundation recognizes several individuals annually who have proven exemplary in their efforts to protect and promote the Lower Cape Fear’s tangible past.

  • YMCA of Southeastern North Carolina, The Brunswick Center at Leland and the Brunswick County Health Department are offering a free diabetes screening and education event sponsored by the Brunswick Wellness Coalition on Monday, April 2, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Brunswick Center at Leland.

    Free diabetes screening (a simple non-fasting blood test, obtained by a finger prick) will be provided to those who qualify. There are limited supplies; first-come, first served. No appointment is needed and anyone 18 and older is invited to attend.

  • Brunswick County Department of Social Services will provide “Trauma Informed Partnering for Safety — Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting” (TIPS-MAPP) training to become a foster/adoptive parent beginning Thursday, April 5, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Brunswick County Department of Social Services in the government complex in Bolivia.

    To register for training or for more information, contact Tamela Jones at 253-2112 or tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.

  • The League of Women Voters of the Lower Cape Fear is celebrating women’s history month with a special Hot Topic meeting and luncheon Monday, March 26, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 16 N. 16th St. in Wilmington.

    The Hot Topic will be “I Can Do That — Women Seeking Public Office.”

  • McLeod Hospice is offering a Hospice Volunteering 101 class for those interested in helping Hospice patients or assisting the hospice support staff in Horry County, S.C.

    Volunteers play a vital role in McLeod Hospice. They may make deliveries to patients’ homes or provide companionship by visiting patients in their homes. Volunteers may also read a book, sing, or provide additional support for the patient’s caregiver(s).

  • One of my favorite weeknight dinners is chicken marsala. Made with sautéed mushrooms in a marsala wine sauce, this dinner is incredibly easy to make with simple ingredients.

    Similar to veal marsala, this dish can be made with chicken breasts or thighs (boneless and skinless or bone-in). They can be sautéed, baked, grilled or even braised. The classic marsala sauce made with shallots, mushrooms and wine can be fortified with garlic, cheese, tomatoes, spinach and heavy cream.

  • Get ready to be inspired.

    Saturday night, March 10, five famous artists are scheduled to grace the stage of Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College for “The Heart Behind the Music” Songwriters’ Showcase.

    The Brunswick County stop on this touring show features Teddy Gentry of hit country group Alabama, singer-songwriter John Berry, vocalist Linda Davis, musician/songwriter Lenny LeBlanc and comedienne Nadine, the “sassy church lady” of RFD-TV’s “Larry’s Country Diner.”

  •  By John Nelson


    I’ve had a long friendship with this tree species.

    My first recollection of it was while still a small boy, seated outside on a summer morning on the porch and crushing its bright green leaves in my hand, and then enjoying a remarkably pleasant, somewhat medicinal fragrance. Once you’ve taken the scent, so to speak, you’ll never forget it.