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Today's Features

  •  Aaron Scott and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, Joshua Archer Ward, born at 3:41 a.m. Dec. 18, 2014, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing nine pounds, 13 ounces and measuring 21 inches in length.

    He joins brothers Joseph Liam, 6, and Evan Josiah, 4, and sister Anna Elizabeth, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

  • Air Force Maj. Corey A. Gause of North Myrtle Beach, S.C., had the honor of re-enlisting his wife, Staff Sgt. Undrena Gause of Ocala, Fla., into the West Virginia Air National Guard. After 10 years of Air Force active duty and three years in the Air Force Reserve, Staff Sgt. Gause took 10 years from service to raise their two children, Corey A. Gause Jr. and Kaitlyn K. Gause.

    In civilian life, Capt. Gause is a Pentagon senior career civil servant and Staff Sgt. Gause is a lead MRI technician at Fairfax Radiology in Reston, Va. They live in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

     I think we all have the opportunity to attend potluck or covered dish dinners. You know what I’m talking about…an event where everyone brings a dish to share. But, are you sharing more than the food?

  •  By John Nelson

     “Winter lies too long in country towns; hangs on until it is stale and shabby, old and sullen,”Willa Cather, My Antonia.

     

    Winter. Winter. Winter. On and on. And it probably won’t even snow here where I am. I have to admit that even though it is cold and nippy for this child of summer, our southern winters always include some beautiful, sparkling days. And the big trees don’t seem to mind winter too much.

  •  When it comes to meal planning, I don’t always remember to include a vegetable and/or beans and some kind of greens, like a garden salad, spinach, broccoli…something in the green family, and occasionally a pasta or starch of some kind.

    My wife can attest to this fact. On more than one occasion, I’ll tell her what fantastic entrée that I’m concocting and she’ll ask me, “What vegetable on you planning to serve with that?”

  •  At the beginning of the year, I joined a group on Facebook about “decluttering” your house. The idea is great. It’s spells out ideas on what to do each week of the year to help get your home organized. The concept is to do something little every day and by the end of the year your house will be decluttered.

  •  Were it not for a saint in the community sending me an urgent email with a command, “Go, see this movie,” I’d have missed a great opportunity. I’d have been deprived of the chance to laugh, cry, and be deeply moved by the reality of human sanctity as it is depicted in St. Vincent.

  •  By John Nelson 

     

     It’s a chilly, gray winter day here in the central midlands of South Carolina, and I’m driving around doing some botany, checking out the plant life. Not too many flowers to see, although here and there is a stray daffodil already coming up, and occasionally a few patches of dwarf bluets (Houstonia pusilla) in the grass. Of course, there are plenty of mosses and lichens around … and evergreen plants, like this tree.

  • The major difference between pasta as served in Italy and pasta served elsewhere is that for an Italian, pasta is generally a first course, to be followed by a second course of some kind, such as meat, fish, vegetables or even a pizza.

    In other words, pasta is a part of the meal, but not the whole meal.

  • One of the world’s premier autoharpists, Adam Miller, is coming to Brunswick County next week to present a free public performance at 1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 19, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

    Miller, a renowned American folk singer, historian, musicologist and song collector, has amassed a remarkable repertoire of more than 5,000 songs. He accompanies his rich, resonant, baritone voice with lively finger-picking acoustic guitar and stunningly beautiful autoharp melodies.