Today's Features

  • Very often, when we officiate at weddings, Hubby Dear will offer a short message for bride, groom, and participants. He always gains their attention with this opening remark: “Love is a four-letter word.”You can imagine the straightened backs and curious glances as folks wonder what is coming next.

    It’s easy to understand the reaction to what might be considered a bizarre statement, especially one made in the context of a marriage ceremony.

  • When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful. Even though it’s available year round, I love corn during the summer when it is at its peak.

    Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in supermarkets. Corn loses it freshness very quickly.

    Corn on the cob is usually prepared one of three ways: boiling, roasting or microwaving.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    Let’s talk about the carrot family, the Apiaceae.

    This is a very large family, known mostly from temperate parts of the northern hemisphere, with many genera and many species, these known since antiquity, and valued for a variety of foods, spices, flavors, and medicines … and poisons.

  • Tough economic times and the trendy “local food” movement have soccer moms everywhere discussing strange concepts like pH, side-dressing and those “worms” that ate holes in the tomatoes.

    My inner CPA likes to remind me you can probably buy vegetables more cheaply than you can grow them yourself, but what’s the value of your reconnection with nature? It could be whatever the manicurist charges you to get all that dirt from under your fingernails.

  • Local farmers markets are in full swing right now. If you haven’t visited one of the local markets, there is still plenty of time this season.

    My colleague, Morgan McKnight, family and consumer sciences agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County, has been sharing recipes at the Bolivia Brief Farmer’s Market on Thursdays.

  • The end of summer means an empty house for many families. While parents may enjoy a break from the children, it may be a different story for our dogs. Here are some simple tips to help you make the transition from summer to school easier for your pet.


    Transition time

  • O’Dell Hurst, better known as “The Legend of Shell Point Road,” according to his neighbors, celebrated his 80th birthday Aug. 17. He is famous for helping his neighbors fix anything and for just being fun.

  • Air Force National Guard Airman Breanna L. McDonald, daughter of Michael McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, and Sherrie Stevens of Ocean Isle Beach and stepdaughter of Natalie McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

  • Alexander Vereen Luke, a member of Boy Scout Troop 26, achieved the rank of Eagle in September. Luke formally accepted the rank July 18 at Halyburton Park, where he had previously completed his Eagle Scout project. The ceremony was held under the leadership of Scoutmaster Dan Mahn.

  • Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association, NC NG, in Wilmington have announced plans for its 36th annual reunion, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at Covil Farms Clubhouse on Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. All former members of the 252nd CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.