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Today's Features

  • When it comes to clams, mussels and oysters, their shells will open up to tell you when they’re ready. If cooking shucked oysters or clams, they’ll become plump and opaque when cooked and ready for eating. The edges of the oyster will begin to curl, but don’t overcook them or they’ll begin to shrink.

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club’s print competition for images best depicting “reflections” took place on June 14. Awards were given in three divisions: beginners, intermediate and advanced.

  • Alzheimer's group to meet

    The North Strand Alzheimer’s Support Group will meet at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 21, at Summit Place, 491 U.S. 17 in Little River, S.C. 

    Kathy Bazzarre will be the guest speaker. Call (843) 450-3410 for more information.

    Soil and water sets workshop

  • The summer triangle may have three corners and be the bright stars from three separate constellations but there are loads of doubles to see in this area of the summer sky.
    First, let’s talk about the three constellations and then set up for a mixed doubles match in the summer sky.
    The triangle is easy to see in the east one hour after sunset. It is high enough at 10 p.m. so anyone can view the group. You may even be able to watch the stars appear as the sunlight fades, bringing the night sky to life.

  • The past few weeks have been blisteringly hot, and the appeal of crisp, healthy and delicious summer salads has been rising with the temperature. As the temperature rises, my appetite seems to go down.
    Double-duty salads can work as either an appetizer or a meal, and feature hot-weather favorites like juicy grilled chicken, steak and salmon tossed with seasonal fruits and vegetables. Heavy food tends to take a back seat during these warm days and lighter meals seem more appealing.

  • Monday, July 11
    Vegetable lasagna, lima beans, Italian bread, apple juice, applesauce, beverage.
    Tuesday, July 12
    Beef tips with mushrooms, noodles, carrots, white bread, applesauce, beverage.
    Wednesday, July 13
    Baked pork chop with gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, dinner roll, peaches, beverage.
    Thursday, July 14
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, Italian bread, grape juice, sugar cookies, beverage.
    Friday, July 15
    Roast turkey with gravy, stuffing, peas and carrots, fresh orange, beverage.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Two serious pests of squash plants are on the prowl in vegetable gardens in our area. Squash bugs and squash vine borer frequently attack summer squash, zucchini, pumpkins and winter squash, often causing plant death.
    Both of these pests are difficult to control once damage shows up. Adults of these pests are laying eggs, making now the critical time to act to prevent them from damaging your squash crop.
    Squash Bugs


  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff Cooperative Extension
    It’s been out almost a month. I really wonder if anyone but people like me who teach nutrition and wellness and a few journalists have paid much attention.
    I’m talking about the new MyPlate nutrition icon. The MyPlate icon is just that—an icon. It’s the latest replacement for the food guide pyramid.

  • Mechanical damage and improper care kill more trees than any insect or disease. Few residential trees die of old age. Multiple mistakes could lead to stress of a tree and possible death.
    Here are some tips on how not to kill a tree:
    •Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that does not stimulate water sprout production. Cutting a tree too severely only promotes entry for diseases and insects.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Breanna Renae Cross and Tony Kevin McDowell, both of Conway, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jeffery G. Cross of Conway, S.C., and Emmalena Allen-Davis of Jackson, Ky. The prospective groom is the son of Willie C. McDowell of Loris, S.C., and Cheryl Stanley-Allen of Conway, S.C. A 6 p.m. July 23 wedding is planned at Conway Country Club in Conway, S.C.