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Today's Features

  • Clarice is a 6-year-old tabby who is sweet and friendly and loves to relax in her bed at Cat Tails. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Clarice, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Sharyn Sullivan of Supply and Ryan Coster of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bruce and Cyndy Sullivan of Supply. She will graduate this spring from UNC Wilmington with a degree in elementary education. The prospective groom is the son of Mark and Janet Coster of Calabash. He is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in computer animation. An evening ceremony is planned for Aug. 29 in Southport.

  • Rhett Douglas Stanley and Brittany Kayleigh Murdaugh of Shallotte will be married Sunday, Feb. 14, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ash. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., with reception following in the church fellowship hall. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bryan and Kaycee Murdaugh of Shallotte, and the granddaughter of Ivan and Zelotta McDonald of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Bill Stanley and Lynn Coon, and the stepson of Jack Coon, all of Shallotte. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Bobbie Anderson of Ash.

  • I seem always to find themes emerging from Scriptural readings. Interestingly, they also change as I change...meeting spiritual needs that surface with each new encounter. Like a ladder, they take me higher and higher...deeper and deeper...as I climb. That is the marvel of God’s living word.

  • We’ve usually had a couple of days well into the 60s by this time of year to remind us that spring isn’t far away. While our winters are mild by comparison to New England and the Midwest, the cold has been reluctant to leave this year.

  • The hotline has received several requests for information concerning pruning in the last few weeks. Following are guidelines as to when and how much to prune:

    As the weather cools in the fall, many of us emerge from the air-conditioning and begin looking around the landscape again. One thing we may see is some plants grew a lot over the summer and have gotten somewhat out of bounds. There is often a strong temptation to get out the pruning saw and start fighting back the jungle.

    In gardening, timing is everything. Knowing when and when not to perform tasks is important.

  • Brunswick County community leaders, many of them Eagle Scouts, along with local Scout leaders, met outside the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday afternoon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

  • My grandmother on my father’s side was from the Irish “Kirkbride” clan. I had many aunts, uncles and cousins from this side of the family. With this background, I remember eating many traditional Irish dishes, especially corned beef and cabbage, which we always had on St. Patrick’s Day. But we liked it so much we ate it quite often throughout the year.

  • Vegetables don’t always have to be served on the side. We tend, myself included, to focus on a protein (meat or fish) and some kind of carb, like potatoes or rice, and then just add a vegetable as an afterthought.

    Vegetable soups, casseroles and roasted veggies are great wintertime dishes. So why do we tend to relegate them to a small portion of our plate, especially when they’re so filling? Why not feature them as a main course instead of focusing on the usual proteins and carbos?

  • This Swedish dish takes its name from Hasselbacken, the Stockholm restaurant where it was first served.

    These thinly sliced, seasoned potatoes, called “accordion potatoes” by most other European eateries, is an elegant alternative to the everyday baked, fried or mashed potato.

    When properly made, the potato will open just like an accordion, into a fan shape. The outside will be crispy and the inside will remain soft and tender.