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Today's Features

  • Have you ever laughingly placed your hands in a defensive position in front of your face and declared, “That’s more information than I need to know!” Usually it happens when someone is offering personal, intimate, even graphic tidbits about health or hygiene. Embarrassment invades the space between speaker and listener and we’d rather not be party to the proffered data.

  • It seems that everyone wants to find that perfect food, the one that’s going to solve all their health problems. I really don’t think there is such a food, but there are two groups of goods that can help improve your health and reduce your risk of chronic disease. What are these foods?

    Yes, you guessed it: fruits and vegetables.

  • Grits are a staple of the Southern breakfast. For those unfamiliar with them, grits are nothing more than coarsely ground, dried corn. If you grind it a little finer, you have the Italian staple, polenta … grind it finer yet, and you have corn meal.

    I’ve heard that some places like to combine grits with hominy, which is soaked in lye. Why would you want to soak food in lye, and then actually eat it?

  • Audrey Nicole Smith of Supply is the proud parent of a son, Bladen Kyler Smith, born at 4:11 p.m. Aug. 18 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center weighing 5 pounds, 14 ounces and measuring 18½ inches long.
    Paternal grandparents are Lindberg and Carrie Lane Smith of Supply.
    Great-grandparents are the late Junior and Mina Smith of Shallotte and the late Bill and Rulane Lane of Supply.

  • John and Bessie Evans family reunion will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 14, at United Vision Family Life Center, 2386 Al Clemmons Road SW in Shallotte.

    Come with a covered dish and a friend, expecting good fellowship, food and fun.

    For more information, call Cecilia at 754-6139 or Ilene at 754-4764.

  • Several hundred thousands times a year, people in England and Wales file complaints about piles of public dog poop. The costs of accommodating the digestive wastes of UK dogs during trots are estimated to run about $37 million per year. That’s a lot of poop bags, signs, trash bins and telephone calls. A recent scientific study set out to find out what’s up with people and their pet’s poop. Researchers identified five major poop personalities and hope to use this information to reduce all those piles and protests.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

     

    Did you know there are four different palm species that are native to the southeastern USA?

    Of course, there are plenty of different kinds of palms grown in cultivation that are not native. One need only go to central and south Florida, or California, to understand that. But from northern Florida up to coastal North Carolina, there are indeed four different species that occur naturally in the wild.

  • 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.

  • At 87, he’s still entertaining the masses with his haunting tenor and accompanying banjo with no retirement in sight.

    On Sept. 9, legendary Ralph Stanley and his Clinch Mountain Boys are kicking off the new concert season at Brunswick Community College with a 7:30 p.m. concert in Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    “This was supposed to be his final tour, but he has come out with a press statement that says he’s not going to quit,” said auditorium director Mike Sapp.

  • 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.