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Today's Features

  • When buying tomato seedlings, look for thick, straight stems, deep green leaves, avoid plants that have already started flowering or fruiting with no spots or signs of insects and look for a disease resistant variety.

  • The Kousa dogwood makes a beautiful tree-form with horizontal branches and is used in landscaping as a specimen plant, in borders and for accent plantings.

    Even though they are usually grown for decoration, they make an excellent patio-garden plant that will attract birds into your landscape. They are also highly resistant to dogwood borer and dogwood anthracnose problems, which have been plaguing flowering dogwoods in recent years.

  • Everyone at one time or another has been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal that you wish you could make at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.

  • There was lots of flash in Calabash on Saturday as more than 90 classic and collectible vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Calabash Fire Department for its first fundraising Show and Shine Car Show.

    As oldies music played in the background, the show and its many visitors spilled over into the adjacent Calabash Elks Lodge lot for the afternoon event that drew 96 spiffy and spit-shined cars, trucks and one motorcycle.

  • When cooking a piece of meat, using marinades can really add flavors throughout the entire piece. Seasonings can only reach the surface of the meat and may not alter the flavor inside. A good steak marinade will infuse into all parts of the meat if given enough time to penetrate.

    Marinades usually do two things: (1) they will season the food, and (2) they will tenderize the food. Different meats have different qualities; therefore, you need to consider more than one marinade. Marinades that are suitable for a tough cut of beef may not be suitable for a salmon filet.

  • People who thrive with a little sand in their shoes know nothing beats a perfectly steamed oyster, a low tide, an evening stroll with someone special and a simple, six-count shuffle where you can hit the dance floor and still hold on to your adult beverage.

    Whether native or transplant, we love the laid-back lifestyle that goes with living close to the shore. But, beach life is considerably tougher for those organisms that are low on melanin but high on chlorophyll.

  • One of the most beautiful seasons of the year is upon us now and is wrapping its beauty all around us. We are experiencing one of the most spectacular spring seasons with all the flowers and foliage coming out to greet us.

  • Hummingbirds will soon make their way back to North Carolina after wintering in Central America. Welcome them to your house by providing their favorite plants and the right food in the right places.

    Think like a hummingbird. They spend a great deal of their life in the tropics living in the tree canopies. Providing them a similar habitat will increase the chances of them setting up housekeeping in your backyard. They usually return in March.

  • Mary Elizabeth Lemley of Boiling Spring Lakes and Frederick B. Watkins were married at 2:34 p.m. March 21 at Snowfield Landing in Town Creek. The Rev. Hoyt King officiated.

    The bride was given in marriage by her mother and father, George J. Lemley of Morgantown, W.Va., and Elizabeth M. Lemley of Concord.

    The groom is the son of John and Cathy Watkins of Winnabow.

  • In our small faith community, we enjoy sharing our thoughts on the Scripture readings. Each of us brings to the table a unique insight and understanding that delights and often disturbs the group.