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Today's Features

  • By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    As we deal with nutrient management laws and high nitrogen prices, we sometimes lose track of just why we really use fertilizers to produce crops.
    We know we need them because the soil sample results tell us to apply them. We know adequate fertility leads to improved yields, but why? We have spent so much time looking at the negative aspects of fertilizer that I thought it might be enjoyable to look at why a nutrient like potassium is needed by plants.

  • Everyone can relate to that feeling of panic after making a cut and realizing you’ve just ruined the shape of your shrub.
    Or perhaps you have ignored a plant’s obvious structure problem because you were afraid or unsure of what pruning action to take.
    I continue to see poor pruning decisions throughout the county. The other day after teaching a class on proper pruning techniques, I came home to a neighbor topping their crape myrtles. Why is this bad?

  • I am still amazed that I knew almost nothing about chicken thighs until I moved here more than 10 years ago. We ate a lot of chicken breasts and whole chickens, but I always thought the thighs didn’t have much meat on them. Not anymore! Now I can’t get enough of them. I can’t even seem to over-cook them. They always come out juicy and tender.

  • Thursday, March 1
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Consumer Showcase set for March 8
    The second annual Coastal Consumer Showcase, “Highlighting the Best in Local Products and Services,” will be from 4-8 p.m. Thursday, March 8, at the St. James Community Center.
    This event will give residents of the Southport-Oak Island area and Brunswick County a chance to become acquainted with a sample of the variety of products and services area businesses have to offer.

  • Once upon a time, the prettiest girls and the handsomest men attended a Little Princess Ball. Feb. 4 marked the fourth anniversary of the event, which has become a tradition for families wishing to make memories that will last a lifetime.

  • GOP women to meet March 1
    The Brunswick County Republican Women will meet at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 1, at Brunswick County GOP headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia. Guest speaker will be Becki Gray, vice president of outreach at the John Locke Foundation. She provides information and consultation to decision-makers involved in the state public policy process and will discuss the N.C. Council of State, a popular elected group of executive offices. Council of State members are often confused with cabinet members, organizers said.

  • Sermon will cite ‘The Apprentice Matthew’
    “The Apprentice Matthew” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Feb. 26, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Based on scripture from Matthew 9:9-13, this is the first in a sermon series titled “The Apprentice,” based on the TV series, a look at some of the followers of Jesus.

  • On a cold, winter evening, Hubby Dear and I decided to treat ourselves to a movie. Friends had bequeathed their old DVD player to us and a neighbor had given us a DVD that she had designated a classic.