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Today's Features

  • Rainwater harvesting is the idea of capturing stormwater runoff, often from rooftops, and storing the water for later use. When we have heavy rains such as with Hurricane Irene, most of that water is diverted into stormwater drains or ditches and is carried away before it penetrates the ground. Rain barrels or more complex cisterns can be installed to capture runoff and provide water for plants during drier periods. Increasing development along with the drought has increased the demand on municipal water supplies.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Thanks to Charlotte Glen, horticulture agent, Pender County Cooperative Extension
    The most lethal pest of lawn grasses in our area is also one of the least well known. Called ground pearl or pearl bugs, these insects can be found damaging lawns throughout southeastern North Carolina. In yards infested with ground pearl, it is often impossible to maintain a healthy lawn since there are no effective treatments for this pest.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff N.C. Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center
    I like quizzes. I think most people do. I’m not talking about the “pop quizzes” given by Jr. High teachers when you weren’t prepared, but self-evaluation quizzes that can be used to help you decide how you score on a specific topic.

  • Italian bruschetta (pronounced “brusketta”) traditionally serves to test the new harvest of olive oil each year, but it’s also a great way to capture the flavors of those ripe summer tomatoes, fresh basil and garlic.

  • Lane closures set at local bridges
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation will have intermittent lane closures at the following locations:
    N.C. 133 at the Oak Island Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.
    N.C. 904 at the Ocean Isle Beach Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.
    N.C. 130 at the Holden Beach Bridge from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday, Sept. 12-23, to perform bridge inspection.

  • Ten years later, Americans who vowed never to forget Sept. 11, 2001, have kept their promise.

    Ten years ago, the country came to a halt and American lives changed forever as terrorist-directed planes crashed into the World Trade Center Twin Towers in New York, the Pentagon in Arlington, Va., and a rural field near Shanksville, Pa.

    Nearly 3,000 lives were lost that day, including 343 New York City Fire Department firefighters, 60 New York City and Port Authority officers, and eight emergency medical technicians and paramedics.

  • Gwen Grady couldn’t believe the cheerful patient she had met at Brunswick Universal Healthcare was more than a century old.

    That’s because Mae Smicklas, who turns 102 on Sept. 26, is youthful for her age.

    Grady, activity director at the Bolivia facility, recently met Smicklas when the centenarian was brought there for recovery after a recent fall.

    “I was just amazed at how sharp she is,” said Grady, recalling how Smicklas said, “No, I don’t need any reminders” about taking her medicine.

  • On a peaceful summer afternoon—so peaceful you could almost hear the Shallotte River ripple—World War II veteran Hector McNeill relaxed in one of the rocking chairs on his front porch overlooking the world at Shallotte Point.

    “My father was raised here,” said the Whiteville resident, who also owns a couple of historic houses at Shallotte Point, the historic, scenic convergence of the Shallotte River and Intracoastal Waterway three miles south of Shallotte.

  • Usher celebration planned

    Greater Tabernacle Church Ministries, 683 Longwood Road NW in Ocean Isle Beach, will have its annual usher’s anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 28. Guest speaker will be the Rev. John Williams of Holy Light Holiness Church in Tabor City.

  • When I was a young girl, my family spent the entire summer at the beach, a marvelous Italian enclave on the Connecticut shoreline. I have wonderful memories of sun-drenched fun and scores of visiting friends, otherwise known as the children of vacationers.