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Today's Features

  • It had rained with biblical proportions for days. Roads were washed out...yards were flooded. Pools of standing rain could be seen everywhere. Local meteorologists repeatedly urged people to refrain from using the highways and byways. The clarion call was “stay home.” However, a workshop and concert offered by an internationally renowned musician, liturgist and songwriter had long been planned and organized. 

  • AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free volunteer run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers in Brunswick County for tax counseling and electronic filing of returns.

    Tax-Aide helps low and moderate income taxpayers at six sites in the county, including Leland, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, Oak Island, Shallotte and Calabash. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not have to be a member of AARP to volunteer.

  • Paws-Ability’s third annual Wag Shag is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    Paws-Ability founder Janie Withers is promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

    In fact, she says, it is the largest social event for canines and their humans in the state.

    Wag Shag “has grown to be quite the social event for dogs to see and be seen this year,” Withers says, adding it allows attendees—both canine and human—to come decked out in their Halloween finery.

  • Pauline Harris Smith and David D. Garrett, both of Shallotte, were married Oct. 2 in a private ceremony in Sunset Beach.

    Elder Charles Bryant Sr. officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Paul Harris Sr. of New Bern. The groom is the son of Brenda Garrett of Manning, S.C.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father.

    Contina Bryant of Navassa, a friend of the bride, served as matron of honor.

  • Due to the vast amounts of rain, we will be blessed with an abundance of fire ants. As things dry out and we maintain moderate temperatures in many areas of the state, we are likely to see the late season fire ant mounds showing up.

  • Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally arrived. We don’t have to mow as much because the grass is slowing down. Trees and shrubs are losing their leaves and getting prepared for the winter dormant period. And, sports fans are enjoying the baseball playoffs leading up to the grand finale—the World Series.

    Somewhere between watching the boys of October and trying to figure out the craziness that is the Bowl Championship Series, you need to give your irrigation system a bit of attention. 

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

    Monday, Oct. 18

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, pears, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Oct. 19

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, applesauce, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Oct. 20

    Ham and macaroni casserole, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Oct. 21

  • With our weather beginning to cool down into autumn, I start thinking about flavorful and hearty soups that are perfect for this time of the year. 

    Though not really a soup, I also enjoy making goulash and especially, paprikash. My favorite is chicken paprikash, a traditional Hungarian soup or stew made primarily with bone-in chicken, onions, chicken stock and plenty of paprika. Paprikash is slow-cooked on the stove along with a pot of potato dumplings or noodles and a platter of Hungarian pickled peppers along with a loaf of crusty home baked bread.

  • Blue Star Mothers seek names

    The Grand Strand Blue Star Mothers are collecting names and addresses of deployed service men and women for their annual Christmas box mailing. 

    Submit name(s) to Grandstrandbsm@yahoo.com or call (843) 390-5639. These names can be family members or friends. Submit names by Nov. 15.

    Boston butt sale to aid mom

  • Dana Gause gazed skyward, through the freshly installed wooden trusses of her Habitat for Humanity house where afternoon sunlight, rather than the previous week’s rains, poured through.

    “It’s a blessing,” said the Shallotte cook, recipient of Brunswick County’s first Women Build house, a Habitat project that drew more than 100 female volunteers from throughout the state for the week-long house-raising on Evans Circle that concluded Saturday. The event was orchestrated with assistance from the North Carolina Women’s Missionary Union.