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Today's Features

  • Franklin M. Utter, son of Jimmy and Dana Smith of Calabash, has been promoted to the rank of senior airmen in the U.S. Air Force. A communications and navigations specialist assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., he has served in the military for two years.

    Utter is a 2006 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Some of these names you would recognize (Venus Flytrap, Ginseng), others are more obscure and slightly mystical (Queen of the prairie, small whorled pogonia), but they are all native to North Carolina and they are rare.

    These plants and more, totaling 412 endangered, threatened and special concern species, belong to all of the citizens of North Carolina, but are protected by only a small staff at the Department of Agriculture.

  • The drought was broken last week with 20-plus inches of rain in some areas. With the abrupt turn from very dry to very wet, lots of people have been asking me, “What does this mean to our lawns, shrubs and trees?” While certainly not a comprehensive list, here are some things to consider as autumn progresses.

  • A bulb garden is an easy garden to start because it only has to be planted once. However, when starting a new bulb patch, sometimes flowers that were planted by previous gardeners are unearthed. Use this guide to identify the most common garden bulbs and what they will turn into when in flower.

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

    Monday, Oct. 11

    Barbecue pork, pinto beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Oct. 12

    Chicken and dumplings, sliced baby carrots, orange juice, sugar cookies, biscuits/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Oct. 13

    Sloppy Joe/hamburger bun, corn, turnip greens, pears, beverage.

    Thursday, Oct. 14

  • I can remember the first time I ever tasted French fries smothered in chicken gravy. It was in Topeka, Ka., at a small local steakhouse.

    The waiters never wrote anything down, being able to remember everyone’s order perfectly. Our group all ordered thick T-bone steaks. In a few minutes, the waiter brought over a large serving bowl of homemade fries and a large bowl of chicken gravy. I don’t remember much about the steaks, but the combination of those fries and gravy has stuck with me all these years.

  • Democratic meet and greet set

    There will be a Democratic candidate meet and greet, including a free barbecue dinner, at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 15, at the Waccamaw Community Center in Waccamaw Park in Ash.

    Leland’s Little Learners starts

    The own of Leland is launching a new, free weekly educational program for children ages 3-5 that began Oct. 5.

  •  Shallotte Rotary Club’s second annual Coastal Hounds Walk the Town dog walk is set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 9, at Shallotte Middle School.

    All of the registration fees will go to Carolina Canines for Veterans, a program that provides service dogs to wounded warriors. As of May 2010, Carolina Canines, located in Wilmington, has placed 10 service dogs to Wounded Warriors at no charge to the veteran.

    The length of the walk is 1.25 miles for the Bassett hound track and 2 miles for the top hound track.

  •  The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.