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Today's Features

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • Heat and humidity is the name of the game and the main challenge for growing plants in the Southeast. Though the spring was very dry, with little rainfall in April through June, temperatures were above average in those months. In July and August, the region experienced more rainfall and higher temperatures then average.
    Each year around the United States, hundreds of new plant varieties are tested. Here are the top five varieties that trial garden leaders recommend for our specific region for 2012:

  • Some of my favorite dessert recipes sure to please everyone are classic French recipes suitable for your family meals or for entertaining family and friends. And the best part is...they’re not so difficult to make.
    You’ve heard people always say that the “proof of the pudding is in the eating.” Once you have made any of these classic desserts, you’ll be eating them more and more. If you are as passionate about your food as I am, your love affair with French desserts will grow.

  • Bobby and Yvonne Gore of Ocean Isle Beach and Steve and Melba Johnson of Shallotte celebrated their golden and silver anniversary, respectively, in a joint renewal of vows ceremony at Jennies Branch Baptist Church on Jan. 7. The Rev. Robbie Stephens conducted the service. A reception took place following the ceremony in the fellowship hall.
    The Gores were married on Dec. 24, 1962, in Conway, S.C. They have two sons, Keith and Jon, and three grandchildren: Jason, Ryan and Russ Gore.

  • April Ginger Varnam and Matthew Keith Owens, both of Ocean Isle Beach, were married Oct. 1 on Ocean Isle Beach. The Rev. Richard Vaughn officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Ronald and Jencie Varnam of Varnamtown. She was given in marriage by her parents.
    The groom is the son of Daniel and Beth Owens of Wake Forest.

  • TOPS to host open house Jan. 30
    January is International Open House month for all TOPS Club, Inc.(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapters.
    The local TOPS chapter in Supply will host an open house event at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road in Supply, in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be provided.
    TOPS was founded in 1948 and is a nonprofit weight loss support organization. Its international headquarters are in Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • CALABASH—It started with assorted social gatherings, accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres.

     

    Whenever Sunset River Marketplace gallery stages an artsy gala or artist debut, inevitably patrons will ask who provided the tasty food.

     

    “We do it here,” gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said. “So we kind of jokingly started saying, ‘The Gallery Gals.’”

     

  • The McMullan family has made a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County.
    In honor of the McMullan family’s pledge, a patient room patio garden will be named in memory of Vera “Grandma Mac” McMullan, who was served by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
    The family appreciated the care and support hospice provided.