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Today's Features

  • Rice is the most commonly used of all the grain products of the world. It is grown in many countries, but the United States has developed some of the finest types and varieties of rice, which have met with high favor at home and abroad.

    American rice, in fact, commands a premium in foreign markets. In this country, rice is produced chiefly in the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and California. Arkansas is the largest rice producing state, with California right behind.

    Cooking rice is easy

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder. I offer these suggestions for things to do this month:

    Gardening tips for October

  • From motor oil to bird droppings to pesticides, pollutants have to go somewhere when it rains. Usually it’s a quick trip to a nearby stream, river or lake. But it doesn’t have to be.

    As the population increases, and there’s more growth, there are more rooftops and driveways. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases, it goes directly into a stream really fast with whatever is in it.

  • Sherri Leigh Balkcum of Sunset Beach and Michael Dean Woolard of Sunset Beach were married Aug. 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, with magistrate Doug Todd officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Sandra Boseman of Rocky Mount and the late William Boseman and Earle and Jewel Balkcum of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Anna Oglesby of Rocky Mount and the late James Woolard.

    Christy Scott of Ash served as matron of honor, and Carl Scott of Ash served as best man.

  • Stacey Hewett of Shallotte and Jordan Scott McCumbee of Ash were married Sept. 5 at Premier Resorts, Barefoot Landing, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Minister Jeffrey Britton officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Lemon of Shallotte and Jimmy and Pam Hewett of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Dewayne and Marian McCumbee of Ash.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Tabitha and Brian Townsend of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Riley-Grace Caroline Townsend, born at 9:48 a.m. Sept. 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She joins sisters Brooke Leigh, 6, and Hailee, 4.

    Maternal grandfather is Rex Inman of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Brenda Yovanoich of Polkton and the late Bobby Stewart Townsend.

  • Weeks have now elapsed since my unfortunate fall. And all is not yet well.

    My first response to the dilemma was quite positive, I believe. Adjustment to being joined at the hip to an obliging mate came with a fair degree of ease. I convinced myself the persistent presence would be both beneficial and reassuring. I could do this. It might take some effort, but it was not beyond my reach... or stretch.

  • Antoine’s Restaurant in New Orleans, established in 1840 by Alciatore Antoine, is the country’s oldest family-run restaurant.

    It is the birthplace of oyster’s Rockefeller, so named by Jules Antoine (son of the restaurant’s owner) for the richness of the sauce. It remains one of the great culinary creations of all time and that original recipe remains a closely guarded Antoine’s secret…though it has been imitated countless times.

  • The Hawaiian Islands, once called “The Sandwich Islands,” were named after John Montagu, the Fourth Earl of Sandwich, for whom the sandwich we eat today was named.