Today's Features

  • Over the years, I’ve always enjoyed making shrimp scampi, a combination of fresh shrimp, garlic and butter cooked with a little white wine and lemon juice. This classic dish is probably the most popular of the many, many shrimp dishes and is no doubt one of the easiest to make.

    But before we can even start making this delicious entrée, the shrimp will have to be peeled. Boiled or uncooked, if you’re going to eat shrimp, you need to know the best way to peel them.

    In the shell or not?

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

    Monday, March 21

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, March 22

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, March 23

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, sugar cookies, grape juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, March 24

  • Look low in the eastern sky, and then pan the sky upward until you are looking at the top of the sky. There is a lion, a baby lion and a wildcat.

    On March 16, the moon will be just in front of the lion. On March 17, the moon will be under his front paws. On March 18, the moon is touching his tail. On the day of the big scary moon that some say will wreak havoc on Earth because of it being closer to us than it has been for 18 years, the moon will be right over a cup and looking like the game “ball-in-a-cup.”

  • Artists win awards at show

    Local artists garnered the top awards at Franklin Square Gallery’s spring art show, its opening event of the season, at an evening reception during Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk on March 4.

    Wilmington artist Terry Rosenfelder took the top prize in two-dimensional art with his painting, “Fallen Warrior.” Joe Jeffcoat of Jeffcoat Pottery in Calabash won first place:  in the three-dimensional division with his “Pitcher with Ash.”

  • Solano graduates from basic

    Air Force Airman Jonathan F. Solano, son of Teresa Fike of Shallotte, graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

    Solano completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills.

    Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

  • The Brunswick Newcomers Club (BNC) will meet on Wednesday, March 16, at the Southport Community Center, 223 E. Bay St. (between Bay and Moore streets). The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments, followed by the formal meeting at 10 a.m.

    Tom Woods, Brunswick County Master Gardener, will talk about what grows here in coastal North Carolina. This will be a time to get a jump on your spring and summer planting and gardening.

    Sign-up sheets for various activities and trips will also be available at the meeting.

  • The GFWC of Holden Beach will once again present Blooming for a Cause, a charity luncheon, fashion show and silent auction to benefit Hope Harbor Home and Providence Home, from 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 16.

    Hope Harbor Home is a shelter for women and children. Providence Home provides temporary housing for teens in need.

  • Hoppers are coming to church

    As part of their Southern Gospel Music Series at Mount Olive Baptist Church in Bolivia, The Hoppers from Madison will be appearing in concert at 7 p.m. Sunday, March 20.

    The Hoppers, one of Gospel music’s most acclaimed and awarded family recording artists, have just completed an all-new studio recording, “Something’s Happening” (Spring Hill Music). The new release, produced and arranged by composer and producer Lari Goss, has been in the works for nearly two years.

  • I can still smell the yeasty, sweet, enticing aroma of baking bread as the bus ride took us past the Wonder Bread Bakery in East Hartford, Conn. Probably a mile or two before we spotted the factory, the odors bathed us, encasing us in a comforting fragrance. It was far more than the scent of an irretrievable past. It was a reminder that simple things are not to be trashed. 

  • Learn the right techniques for handling, preparing, serving and storing foods safely during the ServSafe Food Safety for Restaurant Managers class offered in four sessions on March 21, 28, April 4 and April 11 at the Training Center in the Cooperative Extension building (Building N) at the Government Center in Bolivia.

    The four-hour classroom sessions will begin at 12:30 p.m. each day. Participation is required at all four sessions.