Today's Features

  •  Many years ago, I heard Dr. Charles Gerba speak at a conference. He is an internationally recognized environmental microbiologist and professor of environmental microbiology at the University of Arizona. Some people call him Dr. Germ. During this speech, he talked about the germiest place in most homes. OK, guess what is it? Hint: it’s not the bathroom. It’s the kitchen sink.

  •  That annoying buzzing in your ear? It’s the sound of the deadliest animal on the planet –– the mosquito.

    To most of us, mosquitoes are merely a nuisance; to approximately two million people and untold millions of dogs, cats and other animals, it’s the harbinger of death. I’m not talking 1800s death in the Amazon, I’m talking 2015 death globally. At least 700 million people are infected with life-threatening diseases each year by this critter not much bigger than a grain of rice.

  •  Ashley Renae Hewett of Bolivia and Delos Robert Kent of Boiling Spring Lakes were married Sept. 23 in Bolivia.

    The bride is the daughter of Rena Milner of Southport and the late Keith Hewett.

    The groom is the son of Bobby and Tammy Britt of Southport.

    The bride was given in marriage by her grandfather, Chris Hewett, and escorted by her step-grandfather, Larry Hester.

    She wore a white dress and carried a bouquet of teal, white and coral roses with baby’s breath.

  •  By John Nelson

    “The average American’s simplest and commonest form of breakfast consists of coffee and beefsteak.” –– attributed to Mark Twain

    This week’s mystery plant is sometimes called “beefsteak plant,” so the common name is not a mystery. But what a really interesting plant it is, in part because of its common name. I’m not sure really why, except that the leaves on some plants, in various circumstances, are reddish, like meat.

  •  For anyone wanting to make a Chocolate Earthquake Cake, I would have one word of caution: Do not try to squeeze it into a smaller pan than specified. You want an earthquake, not a volcano!

    This rich chocolate cake has always had wide appeal, probably because it’s easy and quick to make (my kind of recipe). What makes a dish easy to make? What makes a recipe simple and tasty? All of the ingredients are easily available, probably in your pantry or fridge. And the taste? Just checking off the few simple ingredients needed in these recipes should give you a clue.

  •  Members of Shallotte High School class of 1957 meet Sept. 11 at Sunnyside School in Shallotte to celebrate the 58th anniversary of their graduation. Also attending with class members were Coach Bill Baker and teachers Flo Baker and Faye Bellamy.

  •  Marie and Robert Gaudette, residents of Arbor Landing in Shallotte, celebrated their 70th wedding anniversary Sept. 7.

  •  The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) hosted its Space Flight Awareness Award Program in New Orleans on Aug. 12 when it honored Tania Butler Davis, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Butler of Shallotte. Davis, a senior procurement analyst in NASA’s office of procurement office, was recognized for her contribution to the agency’s mission as the lead procurement analyst for Johnson Space Center.

  •  Last week, I shared five of my top 10 doggie dental questions. This week, let’s look at the rest of the most common queries I get concerning a dog’s oral cavity.

    6) Do small or large dogs have more problems with their teeth?

  •  Well, what is it? A kitchen sponge or a dishcloth? I personally like cloths, but I know many people favor sponges.

    Sponges are great for wiping up spills and absorbing liquid and some have a scrubby side that helps clean grime from pots and pans and dishes. But, they also absorb harmful foodborne pathogens along the way. There have been some scientific studies showing the kitchen sponge or dishrag is the germiest thing in most homes and, if not cleaned between uses, can be a prime spot for germ growth.