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Today's Features

  • The Spanish gave Creole food its spices, and also paella, which was the forefather of Louisiana’s jambalaya. Cajun cuisine is characterized by the use of wild game, seafood, wild vegetation and herbs.
    Bouillabaisse, a soup that came from the Provence region of France in and around Marseilles, played a part in the creation of gumbo.

  • Laser music shows at planetarium in March
    Music lovers won’t want to miss these laser music shows at Ingram Planetarium on March 16-17:

  • Thursday, March 15
    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.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christa Johnson and Andrew Thompson. The bride-elect is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. James K. Johnson Jr. of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. Sharon Thompson and Randy Thompson of Sunset Beach. An April wedding is planned in Wilmington.
     

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A lot of gardeners grow hydrangeas and this time of year they begin to ask questions about how and when to prune these plants.
    First, we need to consider the different species of hydrangea that are available in this area. If you have a Hydrangea mycrophylla, Big Leaf or French Hydrangea as they are commonly called, these plants flower largely on old wood or stems that were produced last season. Consequently, when we have a spring freeze in April like in 2007, these plants won’t flower.

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

    You know the old saying, “My eyes are bigger than my stomach.” This may certainly apply to what some folks are calling “portion distortion.” What I’m talking is about is one of the biggest nutrition problems in America. It’s not what we eat, but how much we eat.

  • This winter was mild and I can’t believe it is already March and time to be thinking about getting started in the garden again. It is still too early for those warm season vegetables to be planted. The first and most important task in the garden, especially here in Brunswick County, is to take a soil test.
    North Carolina is one of the few states that offer this service for free. The soil test report will tell you how much lime or sulfur and fertilizer your garden soil will need per thousand square feet of growing area.

  • Revival features musical guests
    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, will host a revival, “Hold on tight to your faith,” March 12-16 featuring various musical guests each night. Services will be at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. James Smith of Mount Calvary No. 2 in Brooksville, S.C., will be the guest minister of the week.

  • I am always honored, delighted, and humbled when asked to speak at the World Day of Prayer. This time, the delight was more than doubled because the theme is one of my life’s passions. It is a legacy already in use within my own family, especially by my daughters who can spot injustice immediately and then attempt to fight to let justice prevail.

  • Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 2011 with its annual achievement banquet on Friday, Feb. 24. More than 50 youth and their families attended the Super Hero themed festivities. The night was kicked off with a parade of 4-H youth Super Heros.
    As each name was called and introductions read, youth entered the banquet to the applause of friends, family, 4-H volunteers and staff. Dinner was catered by Smithfield Chicken and Barbeque. During dinner, 4-H youth and their families were treated to a slide show of 2011 memories.