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Today's Features

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    It’s a great little appliance that cooks dinner while you’re away. What could be better than that? Of course I’m talking about a slow cooker. Most people call them by their trademarked name Crock Pot, but the generic term is slow cooker. There are many styles made by different companies available.

  •  By John Nelson

    We had a mysterious pine tree not too long ago, and here is another. There’s always a new pine species to learn about.

    This one is growing in a small park not far from my house, in the Shandon area of Columbia, S.C., where I live. Here, it is a common native species, and can be seen just about all over town, and for that matter, just about anywhere else in South Carolina (mostly though, in the piedmont counties).

  •  What are shallots? Is the shallot an onion? Do not confuse shallots with green onions or scallions,as they are called in some areas. In Louisiana, gardeners tend to call both shallots and green onions, green onions. They are different plants. Apparently, early French settlers in Louisiana had to substitute green onions for shallots, hence the confusion.

    Shallots and green onions are not the same thing and don’t look alike or taste alike!

  • Listen Up Brunswick County has scheduled its next concert for 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 25.

    The upcoming concert featuring Annabelle’s Curse will take place in one of the event rooms in Odell Williamson Auditorium, 150 College Road NE off U.S. 17, on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    Annabelle’s Curse is a five-piece band from Bristol, Va., consisting of banjo, guitar, keyboard, mandolin, drums, bass and vocals.

    Seating will be at tables.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Some knew it as the Ocean Isle Beach Ferry, while others referred to it as the Brick Landing Ferry.

    Maybe people on both sides of the waterway were right, since the old ferry served as the main means of transportation between the Brick Landing community on the mainland and the east end of Ocean Isle Beach back in the 1950s.

    Now, thanks to the talents of retired civil engineer Gerry Strickland of Sunset Beach, the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach will unveil its own working model of the old ferry crafted by Strickland.

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee of Southport invites the public to an annual three-day celebration honoring the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. during the weekend of Jan. 17 through MLK Day on Monday, Jan. 19.

    The celebration will begin with a workshop presented by College Foundation Inc. from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday morning, Jan. 17, at the Southport Senior Center, 1513 Howe St. in Southport. Middle and high school students, parents/guardians, educators and others interested in the educational welfare of youth are encouraged to attend.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

  • Hundreds of runners and walkers alike will trek across the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge at the 11th annual Run for Food scheduled to launch at 9 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 10.

    The event consists of a half-marathon run and 5K run/walk, with proceeds going to benefit the South Brunswick Interchurch Council Food Pantry.

    Participants will follow a course across the scenic Ocean Isle Beach high-rise Intracoastal Waterway bridge to the mainland, then head back to the island.

    The annual event is the largest fundraiser for the SBIC food pantry.

  • The New Year brings a new schedule at the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The museum will be open Friday, Jan. 2, with its Animal Adventures: Stories & Puppet Playtime for Preschoolers program scheduled for 10:30 a.m. and touch tank feeding at 11 a.m. to help docents feed the sea critters.