Today's Features

  • One of the most essential pieces of equipment in the kitchen is the slow cooker, or CrockPot can add the worst quality (toughest) meat to a slow cooker, and once finished cooking, it will be the tenderest meat you have ever tasted!

    If your slow cooker isn’t already your favorite thing ever for cooking, it’s time for it to become that! Liquids can be decreased in slow cooking. And if your dish contains rice or pasta, one cup of liquid is usually enough. To enhance the taste, try substituting wine for some of the water in your recipes.

  • I just read an article that both delighted me and gave me pause. It called me to contemplate my winter angst. It asked for a rethinking of the statement I offer to explain away any perceived iciness or discontent. I tell everyone: “I give myself one season of discontent and that is winter!” Summer’s heat must be borne as gift. Its humidity now becomes moisture for the spirit. All is well in summertime because Winter is declared the season of my discontent!

  • Each New Year, we’re inundated with lists of things to do, buy and become. We read these lists, make promises to ourselves and then promptly forget it ever happened by February.

    This year I’m taking the opposite approach: Here are the things you definitely don’t want to do, purchase or aspire to be more like. It’s time for my “New Year’s don’ts for pets.”

  • Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. It seems everywhere you look this week people are talking about resolutions for the New Year. But this isn’t going to be a “diet” column and I’m not going to tell you what to eat. But I do have some ideas for resolutions that can help you succeed with your goals.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Makayla Varnum of Supply and Wade Andrews.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mark and Monica Varnum of Supply.

    The prospective groom is the son of John and Misty Andrews of Little River, S.C., and Deeann Elliott and John Danicki of Chillicothe, Ohio

    An Aug. 4 wedding is planned at Lockwood Folly Country Club.

  • Christmas volunteer opportunities

    The Salvation Army of Wilmington administers many programs and services designed to restore broken lives, build healthy relationships and develop and encourage people of all ages.

    To volunteer at the Christmas Center at 2307 North College Road in Wilmington, fill out an online form and email Maj. Leigh Ann Craddock at Leighann.Craddock@uss.salvationarmy.org.



  • By Laura Lewis and Brian Slattery

    It’s that time of year to jump in the car and journey to see some of the prettiest after-dark lights displays you and yours have ever seen in Brunswick County.

    Here’s a closer look at some of the most widely known ones at different points and directions in the county.

    Along the way to observing these, Christmas lights aficionados are likely to see a few other colorful displays as well along their routes.

    Happy holiday viewing!


  • Brunswick County author Anne Clinard Barnhill and her poet son, Mike Smith, are collaborating on a mother-and-son Literary Salon slated for 2 p.m. Friday, Dec. 29, at Rourk Library at 5068 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Smith, who directs the honors program at Delta State University in Cleveland, Miss., is promoting his new book, “And There Was Evening and There Was Morning,” published by WTAW Press, a memoir about the death of his first wife from cancer and his daughter who developed the same cancer but survived.

  • The American Red Cross is urging eligible donors to give blood.

    Donations decline during the time between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day when busy holiday schedules cause regular donors to be less available to give and many blood drives may be canceled because of severe winter storms.

    All blood types are needed.

    Those who come to give Dec. 21 through Jan. 7, 2018, will receive a long-sleeved Red Cross T-shirt, while supplies last.

  • By John Nelson
    Three hundred million years ago it looked a lot different outside. For one thing, it was a very damp, humid time over much of the earth. Don’t worry; there wouldn't have been any dinosaurs to chase you around. (They came a LOT later, as did the cavepeople.)

    But there was plenty of vegetation, of course. Large forests dominated major portions of the earth’s landscape, including much of what is now Europe and North America.