Today's Features

  •  By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    You have likely seen the vibrant pink plumes of muhly grass this fall, now a much-used and vibrant addition to home landscapes. Ornamental grasses are quickly establishing themselves as a common addition to landscape beds and along roadsides. And with good reason. Grasses afford interesting texture and graceful, arching foliage that adds movement to an otherwise stagnant landscape.

  •  The West Brunswick High School graduating class of 1975 spends it 40th class reunion with a meet-and-greet Nov. 6 with more than 80 in attendance. Some classmates even flew in from Texas. A tour of WBHS on Nov. 7 was followed by a banquet that night with 90 classmates (132 attending in total) at The Isles on Ocean Isle Beach. There were many door prizes and a DJ playing ‘70s favorites while dancing in a “Soul Train” line. The class had a worship service the next morning.

  • Renowned singer-songwriter and acoustic guitarist John Gorka is coming to Brunswick County this weekend for the next Listen Up Brunswick County concert.

    Gorka is scheduled to present the special event performance at 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, at the Southport Senior Center, 1513 N. Howe St.

    Concert proceeds will go to the Music Maker Relief Foundation, a nonprofit founded to preserve the musical traditions of the South.

  • November is the ideal month for feeding souls and addressing hunger.

    Coming up in the month of Thanksgiving are a number of events that do both.

    Holiday Craft Show for Loaves and Fishes

    Food-minded festivities kick off this weekend at St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church at 5101 Ocean Highway in Shallotte, which is having a Holiday Craft Show from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14, and from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 15, to benefit the hungry of Brunswick County.

  • The Friends of Leland Cultural Arts Center will present their inaugural holiday art market, A Very Merry Crafted Market, this week at Leland Cultural Arts Center, 1212 Magnolia Village Way in Leland.

    A preview party for ticketholders is scheduled from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13, featuring live music, a cash bar, hors d’oeuvres and first dibs on art. The cost is $10 per person.

    The market Saturday will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free.

  •  As I type, I feel the heaviness of a rainy day … a day when I’d rather be ensconced on a soft sofa with a novel and a cup of steaming coffee close at hand. I find it hard to be uplifted and uplifting when the skies are gray, drenching an already saturated earth with more water than it can possibly hold. Adding to the angst, the time has changed. Daylight is no longer being saved. Instead, darkness makes an earlier descent. How quickly gladness can turn to gloom!

  •  By Linda Arnold

    ‘Tis the season — political season, that is. Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve no doubt been exposed to candidate commercials, debates, sound bites or commentaries. 

    I’ve worked in the fields of politics, government and advertising, so I’m quite familiar with the competitive nature of campaigns. Timing is everything.


    By Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent



    I have been writing this food column for more than 10 years now, and recently a friend of mine asked me how I came up with all my ideas to write about each week. I told him I had this long checklist made up of possible food articles and I just checked them off week after week. I probably had enough for 10 years! “Really?” he asked.

  •  By John Nelson

    We head up into the beautiful Appalachian Mountains for this week’s mystery plant –– so many wonderful places for a field trip and so many fascinating habitats. In the higher elevations, there has already been frost, but that is no reason for a botanist or naturalist to go out and beat the bushes. Late-season wildflowers are still with us, along with a variety of woody plants exhibiting their colorful fruits.