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Today's Features

  • The McMullan family has made a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County.
    In honor of the McMullan family’s pledge, a patient room patio garden will be named in memory of Vera “Grandma Mac” McMullan, who was served by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
    The family appreciated the care and support hospice provided.

  • Trinity UMC plans Sunday services
    “Bullied” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Four worship services will be available: a casual service at 8 a.m., contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in Murrow Hall will have music by Promise, the Trinity worship band.

  • There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • The Nature Conservancy acquired 463 acres in Brunswick County on Dec. 29. The property, which is on the east side of the Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve, includes 100 acres of longleaf pine. The conservancy hopes to plant additional longleaf pine on the tract, improving wildlife habitat.
    Longleaf pine is fire-dependent, so the area will be managed with controlled burning. Acquisition of the new property will also help the conservancy continue its restoration of longleaf pine in the Green Swamp.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and consumer Science Staff
    North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Brunswick County Center

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning. We aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants.
    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.

  • I have been enjoying the weather this year in Brunswick County, a far cry from this time last year. The mild weather has prevented most of my perennials from going dormant and I still have annuals in the garden blooming. My pansies are full of color and have doubled in size. Will this change in the next few weeks?
    The one task I just cannot seem to enjoy this time of year is watering. Most of our winters are moist, but this year my containers are drooping just about every day. When it rains, it never seems to provide enough moisture to nurture the soil.

  • Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarships available
    The 2012 Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarship applications are now available. Up to $14,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to selected high school seniors residing in the association’s 12-county servicing territory.
    The scholarships are based on academic awards and honors, extracurricular activities, work experience, and the student’s commitment to southeastern North Carolina agriculture and rural development.
    The scholarship application deadline is March 2.

  • Many of you have asked for recipes with a limited number of ingredients. When checking out my database, a number of cookbooks and even those online, I’ve found that five ingredients seem to be the magic number.
    By using what is in your pantry (and just a few additional items), you can keep dinner simple and affordable and just as healthy and delicious. These recipes all use minimal ingredients, not counting salt, pepper, various herbs and seasonings and a liquid, yet still offer wonderful taste and good nutrition.

  • Thursday, Jan. 19
    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.