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Today's Features

  • Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent
    The holidays are here and stores are packed with people trying to find that perfect gift. In the spring, I spend all my money on outdoor plants for my garden. Once the weather changes, I start to purchase indoor plants.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Well, we’re in the home stretch now...past one holiday and heading fast toward the New Year. This is the week that people think about making resolutions to get the New Year off on the right track.
    Many resolutions tend toward heath issues with vows to lose 50 pounds, stop eating fast food or quit smoking. While admirable goals, they are almost impossible to reach and usually quickly forgotten.

  • Anchovies are like a martini. Either you love them or you can’t stand them! There doesn’t seem to be much middle ground when it comes to these salty, silvery saltwater fish.
    Most of us are familiar with anchovy oil, which is full of nutrients and is often a key ingredient used in authentic Italian cooking, especially pasta and pizza. It is used as a foundation in many flavorful sauces, including Worcestershire sauce and Caesar salad dressing. Although anchovy oil is high in cholesterol and is loaded with sodium, it’s OK to use it in moderation.

  • Planetarium sets shows for January
    Ingram Planetarium is open on Fridays and Saturdays in January. Enjoy watching an educational and entertaining program on the Sky Theater’s spectacular domed ceiling while you listen to a state-of-the-art surround-sound system. Sky Theater shows begin on the hour. Arrive early, as late arrivals cannot be seated due to safety concerns.
    Sky Theater shows for January: 1 p.m. Seven Wonders; 2 p.m. Two Pieces of Glass; 3 p.m. Oasis in Space; and 4 p.m. Astronaut.

  • Jessica and Matt Garrison of Sunset Beach are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Sarah-Ann, born at 3:03 a.m. Nov. 3 at Brunswick Novant Medical Center, weighing six pounds, seven ounces and measuring 19-1/2-inches in length.
    Maternal grandparents are Jessie and Norma Rhodes of Supply.
    Paternal grandparents are Clara Newell of Sunset Beach and Dale Garrison of Charlotte.
    Great-grandparent is Lou Ellen Burns of Supply.
     

  • Belinda Faye Simmons of Varnamtown and the Rev. Stephen Allen “Sweets” Raleigh of Bolivia were married April 16, 2011, at Faith Community Chapel in Sunset Harbor. The Rev. Robert Lee Simmons, father of the bride, officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of the Rev. Robert and Linda Simmons of Varnamtown and granddaughter of Eva Mae Smith of Ash and the late James Edward Smith, the late Lindsey and Joyce Simmons of Supply and adopted granddaughter of Earlene Atkinson of Supply.
    She was given in marriage by her parents.

  • CALABASH—Lydia’s is a colorful shop offering a little bit of everything.

    That’s the way business partners Lydia McMurray, Alice Rayner and Eileen Pelehaty planned it when they located to the Lowcountry Stores complex here in the Seafood Capital last August.

    They first met at Everything Under the Sun Flea Market in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    “Eileen is still in there,” McMurray said, standing inside her namesake shop last week with Rayner.

  • Author Tom Rieber loves a good mystery, especially when it involves his protagonist, Nick Thomas.

    The Brunswick County writer recently unveiled his second book and latest mystery, “Devil’s Parody,” a thriller centered around Rieber’s main character, Thomas, as he goes face-to-face with a reclusive sociopath in the remote Vermont woods, “where he is conducting a deadly experiment into the gambler’s mind,” according to promotional material about the book.

  • Celebrate the new year
    Be a part of the New Year’s celebration at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (just behind Hardee’s) beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
    Join with other believers as we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and seek God’s will for 2012. Casual attire is acceptable. The Rev. Richard Farrand, pastor, will be officiating this special service. Communion will be shared.

  • It’s that time again. We are on the cusp of a new year. Resolutions hang in the air, ready to be made or ignored, to view as enjoyment or annoyance. One of my siblings recently wrote that she was eager to see the end of 2011 with all its downers, illness, death, accidents, financial worries and more. She anticipated a new start with a new year. It was off with the old and on with the new.