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Today's Features

  • Once again, youth gathered at the North Carolina State Fair to show off their top turkey hens they had raised during the North Carolina Youth Market Turkey Show program.

  • Twelve youth delegates representing the state of North Carolina attended the 76th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s (NJHA) annual convention in Cleveland, Ohio, Oct. 8-11.

    Founded in 1934, NJHA was the first organization to provide a national platform for youth to build a basic understanding and skills in the art and science of horticulture. Through national contests, projects, field trips and workshops, NJHA connects young people to careers in the horticulture industry and develops their appreciation for the importance of plants in our daily lives.

  • Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    It’s autumn and that means it’s time to start raking those leaves, but instead of just bagging up foliage and throwing it away, look into ways leaves can be composted.

  • By Susan Brown
    County Extension Agent

    The cooler weather and shorter days cause many plants to go dormant. One plant that is gearing up to perform is the wonderful camellia sasanqua. Like magnolias, they are a Southern favorite. Sasanquas are evergreen and the foliage alone makes this plant a gem in the garden.

  • As the temperatures cool into the 30s at night and the days hover in the 60s, we know  winter isn’t too far away. Our winters aren’t usually too bad, but these cooler temperatures set the stage for cool weather weeds like wild garlic and annual bluegrass to fill in weak spots in the lawn.

  • Parks and Rec plans trip

    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation is planning a community trip to Christmas at Dixie Stampede in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The cost is $50 per person for the Thursday, Dec. 9, performance and includes transportation from Bolivia and Shallotte, show admission and dinner. 

    A bus will depart Bolivia at about 2:30 p.m. with an additional pickup at the Shallotte Rest Area at 2:45 p.m. and return around 10 p.m.

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

    Monday, Nov. 22

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Nov. 23

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Nov. 24

    Macaroni and cheese, ham, vegetable blend, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Nov. 25

    Thanksgiving Day.

    Friday, Nov. 26

    Closed.

  • Have you ever wondered how our Thanksgiving celebration became a major national holiday?

    Most people credit the pilgrims with the beginning of Thanksgiving, although it’s not really known for sure. Around 1621, they experienced a bountiful harvest following an extremely rough winter a year earlier. They celebrated the occasion with a three-day feast, inviting local natives to share their bounty, as they ate wild game and cooked the many foods they gathered, including pumpkin, corn and berries. 

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash is featuring works by instructor Jane Truesdale’s pottery class in a show that opened Nov. 1 and runs through Dec. 4.

    The exhibit includes a range of hand-built and wheel-thrown clay pieces by Ann Kwarta, Mary Cross, Janet Archambault, Kate Stello, Kathie Wolk, Marlene Gaspersohn, Patricia Hanson, Barbara Valcenburg, Rose Beyer, Debbie Asbill, Vivian Swanson and Betsy Russell.

  • Did you know the color pearl represents lung cancer awareness or that November is Lung Cancer Awareness Month?

    Neither did Joan Bourguignon until she became a lung cancer survivor.

    “You never really learn about these things until you become a part of it,” Bourguignon said.

    While not alone in being a lung cancer survivor of more than five years, she is in the minority. According to research results published by Lung Cancer Alliance, the overall 5-year survival rate for lung cancer is 15 percent.