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Today's Features

  • By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener

    January is here to show you the “bare bones” of your landscape design. Gone are all the wonderful distractions of overflowing hanging baskets, profuse blossoms and lush herbaceous plants. What you see now is the framework of your gardens. Now you can really see the basic structure of your landscape and make plans for any changes you deem necessary.

  • By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    These days with the struggling economy, people are looking for ways to save money. One way to cut corners is to grow your own food. It might actually be the first time you could answer questions like where was your food grown, what type of soils and fertilizers were used in its production and were any pesticides or fungicides applied to the plant material? 

  • By Melissa Hight
    Brunswick County Extension

    Nuts and seeds are powerhouses of both nutrition and taste. Packed safely in their own natural shells, nuts and seeds are nutrient-rich because they contain everything that a new plant needs to grow: energy, protein, vitamins, minerals  and ‘good’ fats, such as heart-healthy omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids. The following ideas provide some ways you can enjoy nuts every day of the year:

    Vary the types of nuts and seeds

  • I was listening to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on the radio several days ago talking about the cold December on the East Coast. He said this pattern repeats itself every 11 years based on sunspot activity. I do seem to remember that December 1999 was pretty cold, but December 1988 was too long ago for my synapses to fire on that. Whatever the reason, it looks like December will be either the coldest or the second coldest on record. 

  • Open house set for utilities center

    Brunswick County Public Utilities will host an open house at its new utilities operations center from 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 12. 

    The facility at 250 Grey Water Road in Supply houses administration, water, sewer and instrumentation and electrical segments of the operation serving citizens of Brunswick County with water and sewer services.  

    The public is invited to stop by to participate in tours of the facility and demonstrations.

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

    Monday, Jan. 10

    Fried chicken filet/gravy, mashed potatoes, green beans, apple juice, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 11

    Sliced roast beef au jus, brown rice, vegetable blend, grape juice, Jell-O, white bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 12

    Stuffed cabbage, field peas, peaches, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 13

  • I’ve spent the last few weeks of December indulging in pies, cakes, candy, Christmas cookies and the occasional (?) cocktail.

    Once the New Year begins, we all pledge to lose weight, cut down on our salt intake and vow to eat more sensibly. Over the years, Americans have become increasingly overweight and prone to heart disease, so it’s no wonder we annually commit ourselves to eating better.

  • A bull is guarding the palace, traveling across the sky during New Year’s and is a vessel on earth for the soul of Osiris. 

    This bull has many stories to tell as it reigns supreme in the early winter sky. 

    Across the globe, cultures viewing a certain bright star group imagined a bull; however, the beliefs about this bull vary. Therefore, it is an interesting study of history and a notable constellation worth finding. 

  • Gospel jubilee set for Jan. 14

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will host a free Brunswick Gospel Jubilee at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 14. Come out and enjoy some gospel music from near and far. Refreshments will be served following the singing. For directions call 754-4018.

    Trinity sets 

    Jan. 2 services

  • Many years ago, an abbot named Bernard of Clairvaux offered a homily in praise of the Virgin Mary. His presentation focused on the importance, the crucial nature, of Mary’s response and he positioned it within a framework of a waiting world, a universe living in anticipation of her response and hoping it will be a positive one.