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Today's Features

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    The great weather we’ve been having lures me into dreaming of fresh garden fruits and vegetables soon to come, but that doesn’t mean we need to forget about frozen fruits and vegetables, too.

  •  By John Nelson

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C. — Get ready for crabs, crafters and crooners.

    The 33rd Annual Blue Crab Festival is set for this weekend just south of the border in Little River, S.C.

    Scheduled 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, May 17 and 18, the award-winning festival traditionally showcases all-day entertainment and an array of food, about 200 arts-and-crafts vendors, business booths and community groups lining the Little River waterfront the weekend after Mother’s Day.

  •  Wes and Hannah Hamilton of Holden Beach are the proud parents of a daughter, Isabella Kate Hamilton, born at 10 p.m. March 10 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Joseph and Ramona Bowen of Angier.

    Paternal grandparents are C.W. and Carol Hamilton of Bolivia.

    Great-grandparents are Ida Ruth Bowen of Dunn and Nichlious and Betty Corn of Burnsville.

  •  By John Nelson

    Ka-BOOM!

    Here’s a flower that looks like a small explosion. In this photo, you are looking at a blossom head-on, so to speak. There are five to eight fleshy sepal lobes and plenty of stamens remaining in the flower. It used to have a number of red-orange, floppy petals, but these have all fallen away. Before long, this flower will be producing a fruit.

  •  I recently was shopping and came across a great deal on frozen entrees. It sure is tempting to buy a few and stock up for those days when I’m in a hurry or tired and really don’t have time to cook. But in the back of my mind, there was that nagging question: Are they good for us?

    It’s no surprise frozen dinners are so popular. They’re fast, convenient, inexpensive and easy. With some of the newer entrées available, they can be a healthy choice and part of a balanced diet.

  •  Possessing a thick, sweet and juicy flesh, bell peppers, or sweet peppers, as we have come to call them, are available in a rainbow of colors, including green, red, yellow, orange, purple, black, white and even striped.

    Named for their bell shape, green bell peppers tend to be the least sweet — almost slightly bitter — while the yellow, orange and the red ones are the sweetest. The green peppers, however, are almost always the cheapest.

  •  Elizabeth Hudson did it again. Her welcome editorial, titled “And Dance by the Light of the Moon” in the February 2014 issue of Our State magazine, described her fascination with the moon and all things lunar.

  • Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School is having an art show, and the public is invited.

    The school’s “Gotta Have Art” show, set for 5:30 p.m. Monday, May 12, will showcase student work that will be judged and displayed throughout the school.

    It’s the time of year when “JMM transforms into a beautiful art gallery,” creating a don’t-miss event, said school parent facilitator Sharyn Morrison.

    The school is at 250 Pea Landing Road in the Ash community.

    For more details, call the school at 287-4014.

  • Singer-songwriter Ellis Paul will perform at the last Listen Up Brunswick County concert of this season, at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 10, at Holden Beach Chapel Fellowship Hall, 107 Rothschild St. in Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m. Another pre-concert wine-tasting is from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday at Kd Morris Art Gallery & Wine Shop on the island causeway, at 3422 Holden Beach Road.