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Today's Features

  • A popular Southern breakfast treat is livermush, or liver pudding. It is said to be one of the first pork foods made in America. It’s a flexible dish and makes an excellent breakfast alongside some fried or scrambled eggs.

    I grew up eating scrapple, said to have actually originated in the farmlands of eastern Pennsylvania. The word scrapple originated from “scrap” or “scrappy,” and consisted of ground leftover pig scraps that were boiled and then combined with cornmeal and other spices.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: The most important factor in living a healthy life for most of us is:

    ·      Good nutrition

    ·      Regular exercise

    ·      Smoking cessation

    ·      Limited alcohol consumption

  • CELEBRATION! That was the key word. I had to spell it out in capital letters because it was a capital event. April, our dear across-the-street neighbor of whom I have sometimes written, turned 40 on April 10.

  • One of the most disturbing, embarrassing and often disgusting disorders a pet can develop is diarrhea.

    Runny stools can distress more than your pet’s tummy. Your pet becomes upset because it had an accident, often on a favorite rug or bedspread. You get agitated because you’ve got to clean up the mess. Many times, you feel helpless and don’t know what to do next. And, if your luck is like mine, this tends to happen on the weekend when most veterinary clinics are closed.

  • I know you’ve heard people say “I don’t eat carbs” or “I’m cutting down on carbs.” Perhaps you wonder to yourself, “Should I be doing that, too?” Is it healthy to eat or not eat carbs?

  • We have been on a roller coaster ride this year with April temperatures in February and February temperatures in April. Even with the crazy fluctuations, our spring blooming plants are still putting on a grand show. And, nothing says “it’s spring” quite like the annual Master Gardener Plant Sale at New Hanover County Arboretum. This year’s event is Thursday through Saturday, April 20-22, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, April 23, from noon to 5 p.m. 

  • You cannot go wrong with roasted vegetables. They are the perfect side and make the best leftovers for a quick lunch the next day. Once you’ve tried roasting vegetables like beets, carrots, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, peppers, onions or asparagus, you’ll be serving them more often than not.

  • Air Force Airman Jonathan G. Terry, son of John R. Terry and Stacy Wallace of Oak Island, has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in Texas.

    Terry completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training also earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • By John Nelson

     

    A swamp is sort of like Rodney Dangerfield: not much respect, at least from most people. Most folks tend to think a swamp is nothing but scary wet place, dark and gloomy, a den of nothing but danger and the stuff of bad dreams. All those critters and mosquitoes. And quicksand. Don’t forget the quicksand!