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Today's Features

  • Staff report

    Local libraries and Brunswick County Schools have lined up programs to encourage reading all summer long.
    Brunswick County Schools will be open on a set schedule to allow students to check out and return books. Participating students can win prizes, including T-shirts, and help their schools win, too.
    A complete schedule of school media center openings can be found on the Brunswick County Schools home page at www.bcswan.net.

  • Staff Report

    It’s kids’ summer movie time again.
    Now that school is out, Coastal Cinema 10 at 5200 Bridgers Road in Shallotte has launched its seasonal kids’ summer movie series.
    Movie showings are at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays through Aug. 2.
    Admission for all ages is $1 per person.

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club had a club social and print competition for images best depicting “Entryways” at its June 12 meeting. Awards were given in three divisions: novice, intermediate and advanced.

    First place in the novice division went to Gary Joseph for “Church Entryway.” Willis Whyte placed second with “Down but Not Out” and Fred Schwartz’s image “Entryway in Butchart” was third.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    A few homeowners have recently asked me about gray powdery stuff showing up in small areas of their lawns. This slime mold on turf looks like burnt wood ashes that have been scattered in small spots on a lawn.
    Those of you lucky enough to get a few sporadic showers or who have irrigated lawns may notice these slimy areas.
    Hopefully, rain will arrive soon to relieve us of this extended drought. When it does, slime mold may pop up on more lawns.

  • June is Iced Tea Month. After checking several references, I couldn’t find out who made this declaration or how long it’s been around. But does it matter, especially here the South where iced tea is frequently the beverage of choice? We don’t really need a special month to celebrate this popular beverage.
    Statistics show Americans now drink more tea than the British and approximately 85 percent of that is iced tea.
    As with many foods and beverages, there are many stories of how iced tea got started.

  • The world is full of luscious landscapes comprised of the color green. Everywhere we look, from the city streets to the beaches, there is plant life. No matter the situation, plants seem to grow and even to prosper despite the best efforts of people and geography. Yet we are not happy.
    If there is an oak in our backyard, we are disappointed if it is small; if there is a rose on our trellis, we are disappointed if it is not covered in blooms; if there is a tomato plant on our patio and it is not covered in bright, red tomatoes, we are disappointed.

  • Children’s camp begins June 13
    Strong in Grace Ministries at New Ebenezer Faith Ministries, 1705 Southport-Supply Road (N.C 211) in Bolivia, is sponsoring a children’s summer camp from June 13 through Aug. 17 from 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Breakfast and lunch is included. To register, call 253-0477.

  • Recently, I read Scott Turow’s novel, “Reversible Errors.” It’s not a book I found especially interesting, but one I labored to finish nonetheless. I am always certain there is some redemptive value, some phrase or thought that will provide fodder for meditation.
    Voila, I read a sentence that struck me. “People don’t think much about the valor of ordinary lives.”

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 18
    Barbecue pork, baked beans, vegetable blend, cole slaw, fresh orange, hamburger roll/whole-wheat bun, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 19
    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, fresh apple, apple cobbler, dinner roll, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 20

  • Regardless of what a lot of “outsiders” may say, in North Carolina, barbecue means pulled pork. The word “barbecue” is used as a noun, not a verb or an adjective. When you ask for a plate of barbecue around here, you’re going to get a plate of steaming pulled (or chopped) pork, along with some coleslaw and hush puppies, as well.