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Today's Features

  • Beach hands will be getting creative as well as sandy Labor Day weekend when the Ocean Isle Beach family sand sculpture contest gets under way.

    The annual competition is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 30, behind the community center at 44 E. First St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Rules and applications are available at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at Ocean Isle Beach or by emailing Pam Batchelor at pbatchelor123@gmail.com.

  • Typically, grandparents are the conveyors of wisdom and advice. However, during a recent visit to Connecticut, I had the marvelous experience of being both recipient and participant in the wisdom of two granddaughters: Audrey, a college junior, and Katie, entering her freshman year. Each young woman has her own distinct personality, preferences and angst. Both share a common work ethic, the desire to be and do their very best, whatever the endeavor.

  • If there’s one food that really captures the essence of summer, it’s salad. Ripe produce are overflowing from our gardens, and when fruits and vegetables are at the peak of their season, there’s no need to do anything fancy with them.

  • What do you think about these statements?

    ·      “My salsa is so hot and spicy no bacteria can grow in it.”

    ·      “I’ve added vinegar and lots of tomatoes to my salsa, I don’t need to pressure can it.”

    ·      “It’s my mother’s recipe for salsa; it’s worked in the past. This is how we’ve always done it, I know it’ safe.”

  • By Katie McKee

     

    Guest Columnist

     

    I have seen learners of all ages scramble to write down every word a teacher said only to leave class with a stack of chaotic notes that do not help with studying later. Implementing a note-taking strategy that uses keywords, questions, notes and summaries will help you focus on relevant information and organize it for studying.

  • Pantastic Steel is scheduled for a makeup summer concert at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 21, in Calabash Community Park.

    The Wilmington-area steel band was previously scheduled to perform there June 26, when the concert was canceled because of inclement weather.

  •  It was the last day of our Connecticut trip, the climax to an emotional five days that included the final memorial service for our daughter, Jeannine. I suspected it would be a roller coaster ride soaring upward with faith and trust only to descend into a pit of sadness. This was the service where family and longtime friends arrived to mourn our loss while rejoicing in Jeannine’s — and heaven’s — gain. Despite my best efforts to prepare for it, my heart broke and tears flowed with grand abandon.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    Family and Consumer Science Staff

    NC Cooperative Extension

    Brunswick County Center

    When talking nutrition these days, one of the buzzwords — actually, four words — is high-fructose corn syrup (HFCS). It’s the subject of lots of discussion and questions among both consumers and those in the nutrition and health professions.

  •  Do you know what the most popular, edible pod bean is in this country? It’s green beans, otherwise known as snap or string bean. Not only are green beans a popular home-garden vegetable, they are also plentiful at our local farm markets and produce stands during this warm season.

    I remember my aunt pulling the “string” on these beans, noticeable when you snapped off the ends. The “snapping” noise is the reason for its other nickname.

     

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashley Victoria Bourland and Colin Regan of Charleston, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jimmy and Melody Bellamy of Shallotte and granddaughter of Grace Stone of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Hubert and Ophelia Bellamy of Shallotte. She is a graduate of West Brunswick High School and received a Bachelor of Science in business operations and marketing from UNCW. After a fall wedding, the couple will reside in Charleston, S.C., where she will continue working with the family business.