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Today's Features

  • Officers named for Mostly Bluegrass Society
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society has named Jim Caulder as its president for this year. Willis Alston was selected as vice president and Tom and Ellen Freeman were elected as new directors.
    The Mostly Bluegrass Society is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of traditional music performed live. The group meets from 5:30-8 p.m. every Friday at the Shallotte Senior Center.

  • The Shallotte Rotary hosted its seventh annual Las Vegas Night on Saturday, Jan. 28. It was a night of fun that raised funds and awareness for local and international charities.
    There were door prizes and silent auction gifts, culminating with the drawing of door prizes and the awarding of a seven-day/six-night Las Vegas vacation.

  • Join the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport and The Friends of the Museum from 7-9 p.m Tuesday, Feb. 21, as Retired Master Sergeant Clyde Wilson, U.S. Army, and Civil War re-enactor and researcher, will discuss the role of African-American soldiers in campaigns of the Lower Cape Fear Region.
    Learn about the 27th U.S. Colored Troops who played a key role in accepting the surrender of Fort Fisher and was the first U.S. unit to garrison Fort Johnston after Confederate abandonment.

  • Black History to be celebrated Feb. 18
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237 Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will host a Black History celebration at 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18, featuring keynote speaker Nicole Williams. The theme will be “Lift Every Voice.” Local music groups will also be performing.
    There will be a special missionary service at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 19, with guests the Rev. Angela Collins and Price Cathedral AME Zion Church in Wilmington. For more information, call 763-2282.

  • Coincidence? Providence? Is there a difference? In my view, providence is the road taken. It is also the road not taken. Everything in life is providential, if our perspective is divine and if we give ourselves time to look, see, hear and receive God’s voice.
    A friend thought I’d enjoy reading a book she recently acquired. Its title is intriguing: “When God Winks at You: How God Speaks Directly to You Through the Power of Coincidence,” written by Squire Rushnell. She told me the book shouted out at her because her life is one big God wink.

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

  • By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    Brunswick County Cooperative Extension

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Soil is a living breathing organism that when properly managed is a farm’s best defense against an environmental disaster and a farm’s best offense for financial stability. By understanding the makeup of soil, farms can shield themselves against potential dangers and fortify their enterprises financial success.

  • During my career as a horticulturist, I once worked as a landscaper. One of my duties was to prune trees, shrubs and perennials. We had demanding clientele that took pride in their pristine landscapes.
    I remember being terrified of cutting a huge hole into a shrub or cutting a plant too short. My boss use to always tell me that “you can cut more off but you cannot glue it back on.” These were words to prune by.

  • The simple trinity of ordinary vegetables, commonly called mirepoix, forms the foundation of a myriad of dishes. You’ve probably made it a thousand times without even knowing it. It’s one of the essentials of classical French cooking, but equally important in all cooking.