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Today's Features

  • If you are looking for a gift for your mom for Mothers Day, give her the gift of time and some beautiful jewels. Spend some time outside this weekend looking at two jewels in the sky.

    Here’s how to locate them in the sky. First, enjoy the sunset and as the sun fades, the stars start to appear. As you look overhead and almost straight up, you’ll see Saturn. It is the brightest object and the second largest of the planets. Saturn is a great object to view in a telescope because you can see Saturn’s rings and larger moons.

  • Every region of the country has its favorite style of barbecue. Our favorite is “pulled-pork,” the popular Southern cuisine.

    While you might think people in the South are into barbecuing more than most, it’s actually more popular with those in the Northeast part of the country, followed by the North Central region, the South and then the West.

  • When Mother’s Day rolls around, I remember my childhood attempts at crayoned cards loaded with hearts and promises of wondrous behavior. As the years passed, I graduated, if that is what is was, to commercially produced sentiments embellished with additional memories of my mom’s nurturing presence. Sometimes, the cards were replete with Victorian laciness. Sometimes, they were rife with modern comedy. Always, they were heartfelt.

  • Teenagers living in foster care enjoyed a catered dinner and music with a deejay to celebrate the end of their spring break in Brunswick County.

    In between dancing and singing, the teens were educated on the benefits of the SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) program by Jean Harwell, program manager for Mentors 4 K.I.D.S. They met with Jamie Orrock, director of Brunswick County DSS, as well as the president of the WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. Board of Directors, Kay Wolf, and other prospective mentors.

  • One of the wonderful things about having a garden is the opportunity to watch things grow. Of course, if you’re in the business of giving out horticultural advice, it’s also a great way to learn. I’ve always felt better about giving out recommendations based on local experience, so here are some musings about some plants that I’ve added to my own garden this year.

  • It is that time of year when people start putting in vegetable plants and suddenly they want to know if it is all right to plant them in a bed framed with treated lumber. Agents across the state have been e-mailing their thoughts and experiences. We have even contacted our resource people and they provide to us valuable back up assistance. Here are some interesting points I have gleaned from the discussion on how and where to use treated wood and which plants are okay to grow in systems containing treated wood.

  • Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs.

  • Gardeners are often unhappy about how their grass and other plants look in a shady area, especially under trees. People can spend a lot of money, time and effort trying to make sun-loving plants grow in shady areas. If you have a situation where shade is stressing the sun-loving grass of other plants, consider choosing plants that will thrive in a shady location.

    Gardening in the shade can and should be just as enjoyable and successful as gardening in the sun. When proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and long lasting.

  • A team of 30 men and women from Holden Beach, other parts of North Carolina, Florida, Baltimore, and Virginia recently journeyed to the remote areas of Leon, Nicaragua, to do mission work to help those less fortunate.

    The team came from all walks of life, different professions, ages, special talents, and the desire to give of themselves, coming together with a common goal.

  • Calabash Elks Lodge No. 2679 veterans affairs committee once again treated veterans and residents from area extended care facilities to a morning on the Sunset Beach Fishing Pier, followed by lunch prepared by the Elks Lodge. The annual outing took place April 30.