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Today's Features

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center

  • Whether you are establishing a new lawn or renovating an existing one, deciding when to apply fertilizers and fungicides so they are most effective can be a tough call. No one type of grass is best suited for all situations. Your decision should be based on region, climate, intended use and desired appearance.

  • The dark green leaves on leeks are extremely tough, so when incorporating leeks into a recipe, they are usually removed. But in some cases, they do have their uses, as the leaves are excellent for flavoring stocks.
    When making soup at home, leeks can be used instead of a regular onion, or add them in addition for a little more flavor and texture. The Brie Soup with Leeks and Celery and Creamy Potato Leek Soup recipes below are just two examples.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Melanie Ann Diaz and Rocky Lee Doan II, both of Supply, at 3 p.m. Oct. 1 at 5125 Maultsby Road in Leland. No invitations will be sent. All friends and family are invited. The bride-elect is the daughter of Sherry Diaz of Supply and Osvaldo Diaz of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Regina Lynn of Shallotte and Rocky Doan of Greeneville, Tenn.
     

  • Krista Marie Humphreys and John-Mark Humphreys, both of Ocean Isle Beach, were married Aug. 6 at the Calabash Elks Club in Calabash. The Rev. Margo R. Sears officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Jean Ussery of Tomahawk, Wis., and Harold Ussery Jr. of Carolina Shores. The groom is the son of Stella and Robert “Jerry” Humphreys of Calabash.
    Maid of honor was Paula Crossfield and Molly Borski was matron of honor.

  • Food and shelter aid to be allotted
    Brunswick County has been chosen to receive $13,728 to supplement emergency food and shelter programs in the county.
    The selection was made by a national board that is chaired by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and consists of representatives from the Salvation Army, American Red Cross, United Jewish Communities, Catholic Charities USA, National Council of the Churches of Christ in the U.S.A. and United Way of America.

  •  OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Operation Marry Me Military is in full action mode as the big day draws near.

    The new nonprofit started by Oak Island’s Alecia Geddings is off to a grand start for its inaugural year. The 10-year goal is to marry 100 active military personnel on Veterans Day across the state.

    This year Brunswick County is home to two beach weddings. Event planner Brittany Adams of Brittany Adams O’Neil Events of Ocean Isle Beach and Michelle Rose are coordinating the Operation Marry Me Military event for southern Brunswick County.

  • Fall is upon us, and temperatures and leaves are falling. Even a satellite fell, because gravity affects us all. Some satellites can get a gravity whip and instead of coming back to earth, the gravity whip sends it flying while saving fuel. Thanks, gravity.
    Voyager 1 and 2 are such satellites, and with a little practice, you can tell where both objects are just by looking for the constellations with the moving parts.

  •   BRUNSWICK COUNTY—She has been growing collard greens for more than 30 years, but never has she grown them as tall as this year.

    Velma Williams planted collard greens in her garden last spring, just like she does every year. Only this year, they never seemed to stop growing.

    Last week Williams measured them. The tallest one in her garden is 56 inches in height.

  • CALABASH—It’s a corner nook, just waiting for browsers to come and discover delights that await within.

    One of them is All About the Carolinas, a shop tucked away inside the Low Country Stores complex where browsers can find an array of items made in the Carolinas.

    Shop owner Sally Pennington says she’s trying to feature items made exclusively in North or South Carolina.

    “I thought it would be a real challenge to find things, but no,” says Pennington, tending to gift baskets behind the counter of her boutique.