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Today's Features

  • In a world of turmoil and chaos, we want simple solutions. We want an ordered, peaceful life. This is especially true for those of us who have reached the pinnacle of middle age and are heading downhill, perhaps too quickly. Having already lived through and with crises, we are eager for stability. Opportunities for change are irksome to say the least and odious at our worst.

  • Nearly 500 students from Bolivia Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Town Creek Elementary, Belville Elementary and Supply Elementary attended the 2010 4-H Life on the Farm program at Funston Farm in Winnabow on Sept. 21, 22, 24 and Oct. 6, 7 where a day in the classroom outdoors-style was accompanied by a hayride and tour of the farm owned by Wilbur and Mary Earp.

    The tour educated students on crops and animals grown on the farm, which included swine, beef cattle, corn, soybeans, wheat and hay. 

  • Universal Health Care/Brunswick co-hosts Edwin and Sara Ray’s 70th wedding anniversary on Nov. 11. Mrs. Sara’s home away from home, they worked side-by-side with her daughter Carol Hepler and managed to turn its gathering room into a room filled with special memories,  music, family and friends.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming engagement of Amanda Varnam of Calabash and Aaron Gibson of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Olaf Dale Varnam and Linda McCumbee Parker of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of the late Timothy Gibson and Jeff and Christine Strasser of Shallotte. A May 7, 2011, wedding is planned at Windy Point.

  • Once again, youth gathered at the North Carolina State Fair to show off their top turkey hens they had raised during the North Carolina Youth Market Turkey Show program.

  • Twelve youth delegates representing the state of North Carolina attended the 76th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s (NJHA) annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 8-11.

    Founded in 1934, NJHA was the first organization to provide a national platform for youth to build a basic understanding and skills in the art and science of horticulture. Through national contests, projects, field trips and workshops, NJHA connects young people to careers in the horticulture industry and develops their appreciation for the importance of plants in our daily lives.

  • Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    It’s autumn and that means it’s time to start raking those leaves, but instead of just bagging up foliage and throwing it away, look into ways leaves can be composted.

  • By Susan Brown
    County Extension Agent

    The cooler weather and shorter days cause many plants to go dormant. One plant that is gearing up to perform is the wonderful camellia sasanqua. Like magnolias, they are a Southern favorite. Sasanquas are evergreen and the foliage alone makes this plant a gem in the garden.

  • As the temperatures cool into the 30s at night and the days hover in the 60s, we know  winter isn’t too far away. Our winters aren’t usually too bad, but these cooler temperatures set the stage for cool weather weeds like wild garlic and annual bluegrass to fill in weak spots in the lawn.

  • Parks and Rec plans trip

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is planning a community trip to Christmas at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The cost is $50 per person for the Thursday, Dec. 9, performance and includes transportation from Bolivia and Shallotte, show admission and dinner. 

    A bus will depart Bolivia at about 2:30 p.m. with an additional pickup at the Shallotte Rest Area at 2:45 p.m. and return around 10 p.m.