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Today's Features

  • Ruffner-Thompkins

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lee Ann Ruffner and Chris Thompkins, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Leslie and Laura Ruffner of Greensburgh, Pa. The prospective groom is the son of Tommy and Patricia Thompkins of Hope Mills. A June 18 wedding is planned at Sunset Beach.

  • Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Humid weather, high rainfall and nutrient-deficient soils are just a few of the challenges you might face as a gardener new to Brunswick County, but North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension specialists and agents agree there are also upsides to gardening here.

    If you recently moved to North Carolina and want to start a garden, you need to forget everything you know about gardening. No longer can you stick a plant in the ground and expect it to grow.

    Clay and sand

  • By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop until we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold. 

  • If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t habla the Español. Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low in the last week or so. What does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is, “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine. 

  • Free meal on Christmas Day

    Free hot Christmas meals will be served on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 12-2 p.m. at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte. 

    The meals are for anyone in need of a meal on Christmas Day. 

    Faith Building Missions will also provide free socks with meals while supplies last. 

    If you or someone you know is in need of a meal, make plans to attend. Anyone interested in delivering meals throughout the community should call 755-6888.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Dec. 13

    Beef tips/gravy/noodles, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 14

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 16

  • When the temperature dips into the 30s and 40s this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about making some good, slow-simmered stew on the stove.

    Using a combination of small cuts of meat (beef, pork, veal or lamb) along with various vegetables of your liking, and then placing them in a large covered pot and simmering them in a seasoned liquid for a long period of time would probably constitute being called a stew.

  • Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Planetarium Director

    Now you see it, now you don’t. Watch the moon this month and you will see it disappear right before your very own eyes. No special effects or camera tricks are needed. It is just Earth blocking the sun’s light from reaching the moon. The name given to this full moon is the Full Cold Moon, and during the night of this particular moon, there will be a total lunar eclipse for everyone to enjoy. 

  • On Jan. 29, Shallotte Rotary Club will have its sixth Las Vegas Night at 101 Stone Chimney Road from 6-10 p.m.

    Eight years ago, the Shallotte Rotary Club spun off from its sister club, the South Brunswick Island Rotary Club, which is a breakfast club. Having a lunch club that met centrally in Shallotte gained a lot of attention, and today the nearly 30 members of the Shallotte club are one of the strongest clubs in District 7730.

  • This year’s Island Home Tour will be followed by the Island Good Time party at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 4.

    From 2-5 p.m., walk through the homes of Linda and Joe Grooms, Robert and Rosemary Pulliam, Ron and Debbie Sinclair, the Lewallen Family, Ricky and Debbie Gilchrist and the Ward Family. Each of the homes has unique features. After the tour, enjoy a party with drinks and heavy hors d’ouevres.