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Today's Features

  • Meredith Lynn Alfrey and Addison Carson Hill, both of Tucker, Ga., were married July 16 at the 150-year-old Flint Hill Mansion in Norcross, Ga.
    The ceremony was officiated by the Rev. Dr. Terry C. Walton of First United Methodist Church of Gainsville, Ga., in the gardens surrounding the mansion.
    The bride is the daughter of Herb and Donna Alfrey of Ducula, Ga., and granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Howard Roth of Ephrata, Pa., and the late Mr. and Mrs. Herb Alfrey of Godley, Texas.

  • Lauren Ashlie Shoaf and Thomas P. St. George, both of Bolivia, were married Sept. 10 at Faith Community Chapel in Sunset Harbour.
    The Rev. Lewis Benton officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Terry and Donna Shoaf of High Point.
    She was given in marriage by her father.
    The groom is the son of Tommy and Cheryl St. George of Supply.
    A reception followed the ceremony at Cox’s Landing in Sunset Harbour.
    The couple resides in Bolivia.
     

  • Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods and Nutrition Program
    •Never put a glass casserole or lid on the stove or over a burner. If it gets hot and explodes, it will send shards of glass in all directions.
    •Keep your knives sharpened. They will work more efficiently and you will be less likely to cut yourself. If you drop a knife, stand back, and please do not try to catch it.
    •Use an appropriate cutting surface and always cut away from yourself.

  • I moved to Brunswick County last year and I have seen more poisonous snakes in the last three weeks than I ever saw the entire time I lived in Raleigh.
    Snakes are seen most often in the spring and fall as they search for food or move to and from hibernation areas. North Carolina snakes, in general, emerge in late March or early April and go into hibernation in October.
    Most land snakes are much more active at night. Most people are bitten while trying to kill or handle a snake. Snakes are often frightened by people and try to move quickly in the opposite direction.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    If excessive heat and drought ruined your summer garden or, like me, prevented you from planting one, now is the time for your second chance.
    Many favorite vegetables can be planted over the next month for harvest throughout the fall and into winter. What’s more, FoodGardener, a new email service from Pender Cooperative Extension, will increase your chances of success by keeping you up to date on when and how to plant as well as how to sustainably manage garden pests.
    Fall Vegetable Gardening

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    If you’ve been to a doctor lately, chances are you’ve had a blood test for vitamin D. In recent years, doctors are routinely asking for this test to determine if you have enough vitamin D in your body.

  • With our weather beginning to cool down into autumn, I start thinking about flavorful and hearty soups that are perfect for this time of the year.
    Hungarian goulash is neither a soup nor a stew but somewhere in between. It’s primarily a beef dish cooked with onions, sweet or pickled peppers and paprika. In some recipes, potatoes or noodles are added.

  • Instead of plundering, pirates will gather to raise money for the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport during the annual Pyrate Masquerade on Friday, Oct. 14.
    Sponsored by the Friends of the North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport, the event will feature a dinner buffet, dancing, raffles and revelry from 6-10 p.m. at the Southport Community Building.

  • Ruth Ann Grothe of Calabash is on a mission to make the 2011 Shallotte/South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk better than last year’s event.
    A year ago, the event surpassed its goals for raising friends and funds in the fight against hunger, with more than 125 walkers topping the $10,000 goal by nearly $700 dollars. One elementary school student, Powell Palmer of Shallotte, raised $1,500 of that total, according to Grothe.

  • “Bottoms up” this time of year might cause a person to think about an October fest party and tippin’ back your favorite brew. And this time of year a person may also consider an astronomical bottom, which is just as nice as an ice-cold brew.
    The moon seems extra bright this time of year, and as a bonus, you can view the king of the planets right next to it this week.