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Today's Features

  • Up until a few years ago, the only time I ever ate eggplant was when I went to a local restaurant and ordered “Eggplant Parmesan” smothered in a rich, marinara sauce.

    Then I started seeing many different varieties showing up in our local farmers’ markets and decided to investigate other uses for this deep purple tuber, varying in size from large globes to long, thin, zucchini-like shapes.

  • Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods.

    After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • Spring is coming around the corner. I have made statements in the past calling for gardeners to be patient. I am about ready to cut you loose and let you go full steam ahead with your gardening activities, but let’s not go overboard.

    There are still cold days ahead and winter may not truly be over until mid-April. The last frost-free date is around April 20 for much of this area. That can vary by a couple of days either way depending on where you are in the county.

  • February is the ideal time to cut back ornamental grasses and liriope before new growth begins to emerge. For large pampas grass mounds, a hedge cutter or a chain saw does the job efficiently.

    Prune summer-flowering shrubs such as beautyberry, butterfly bush, Clethra, vitex and summer-blooming spireas in late winter to encourage lots of new growth and heavy flowering.

    Do not prune back hydrangeas, azaleas or other spring-blooming shrubs or you will loose this year’s blooms. Camellias can be pruned back after they have completed their blooming cycle.

  • I am always surprised by the suggestions I receive as topics for “A Second Look.”

  • Local rock group Blackwater Outlaws will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Odell Williamson Auditorium to benefit Brunswick County’s fire and rescue squads.

    Every 100th ticket sold receives a free Blackwater Outlaws sticker. Band members will be on hand after the show to sign autographs.

    Band members include Jason Coveyou, 28, of Ash on guitar and vocals; Myron Norris, 27, of Ash, on guitar and vocals; Travis Norris, 32, of Ash, on vocals; William Norris, 53, of Ash, on bass guitar and vocals; and Butch Register, 51, on drums.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Stephanie Beach and Barrett McMullan, both of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of John Beach of Brimingham, Ala., and Susan Forrester of Marietta, Ga. She is a graduate of Anderson University, where she majored in business marketing. She is the head volleyball coach at Brunswick Community College and teaches marketing at West Brunswick High School. The prospective groom is the son of Rube McMullan of Ocean Isle Beach and Marietta, Ga., and Susan Hope of Ocean Isle Beach and Marietta, Ga.

  • Charles Ashley Evans of Holden Beach celebrated his 80th birthday Sunday, Jan. 25, with his wife of more than 50 years, Betty Jean Evans. Family and friends gathered at the Boundary House of Calabash to share a birthday dinner and cake. Friends included Billy and Becky Barnette, Bill and Susan Bailey, Becky and Dale Prevatte, Don and Nancy Burke and Debbie and Jim Kroset. The Evans’ daughter, Joan Grady, also attended the event and thanked the couple’s friends for the party.

  • Matthew and Kasey Abbott of Shallotte are the parents of a son, Garrison Matthew Abbott, born at 4:19 a.m., Jan. 17, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Gabriel, 3 1/2, and a sister Olivia, 19 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Kay Hewett of Bolivia and Junior Hewett of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Ann Abbott of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Reg Abbott.

  • Barry and Tracey Berry Chadwick announce the birth of their twin daughters Charlotte Elizabeth and Carson Leigh, born Jan. 18 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System.

    Maternal grandparents are Jack and Peggy Berry of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Greg and Delores White of Supply and Southport.

    Great grandparents are Junior and Lou Ellen White of Supply, Hilda Hewett of Supply and the late Carson Hewett.