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Today's Features

  • Oyster roast is Nov. 5
    Nothing is better on a cool day than hot roasted oysters, hot cornbread, pickles and a cold soda. Bring yourself over to Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church, 190 Varnamtown Road near Holden Beach, from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5.
    Oyster roast is $20 for adults, $8 for children. Fish plates are $10 adults, $5 children. Enjoy hot dogs, soft drinks, homemade baked goods and crafts. Bring your own knife and any special sauces you like. No coolers permitted.

  • I have previously mentioned I love to read novels, both as a kind of palate cleansing from more serious theological and scriptural texts and just for the sheer fun of letting the words flow over and through me.
    Though it had resided in my library for a long time, I finally got around to reading Sue Miller’s book, “While I Was Gone.” Perhaps my waxing and waning health was the cause, but it took a while before I could be gone within the book and begin to enjoy it.

  • Teacher awarded ExxonMobil educational grant
    Vicky Edge, a fifth-grade teacher at Town Creek Elementary School, applied for and was chosen to receive the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant for $500.
    The grant will be used to purchase a Hands On Equations Learning System for teaching students algebraic concepts.
    She will purchase material for 30 students, teaching resources and the Hands On Equations for SMART board license.

  • The descendants of Redman Mercer plan a family reunion from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 5, at Town Creek Park in Winnabow. There will be a pig pickin’ so bring companion dishes along with old stories. Call Marian Mercer at 253-5759 or 622-0004.

  • Mr. Robert Soucek Sr. announces the engagement of his daughter, Annalorel Soucek, to Jared Chad Hughes, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Hughes.  A May 2013 wedding is planned.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center
    Calcium is an important mineral for people of all ages. It helps build stronger, denser bones early in life and to keep bones strong and healthy later in life. Most Americans can use more calcium in their diet.
    We all know calcium is found in milk products, but to aid in the quest to get more calcium, many popular foods and drinks are now fortified with calcium.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • From landscaping a roof to delving into the details of sweet potato production, youth from North Carolina traveled to California to share their favorite plant stories at the 77th annual National Junior Horticultural Association’s annual convention in San Diego.
    Twenty-four youth and adults formed the North Carolina delegation brought their best plant knowledge to bear on a series of contests designed to test communication and problem solving skills.

  • Have you ever taken a walk through the woods and noticed the same invasive plant covering the entire ground? Why do some weeds thrive so well that it seems they could take over the world?
    Some common invasive species you may be familiar with are kudzu, wisteria, privet, ivy, and even Bradford pears. Small forest openings, forest road right of ways, and areas under and beside forest canopies are often occupied by invasive non-native plants. If you live near one of these spaces, you may be battling noxious weeds.

  • My sister lives in southern California and always has an abundance of juicy, ripe figs. Every once in a while, she’ll call me and ask if I have any good recipes for using up all her figs. I have three fig trees and probably get about 40-50 figs out of all them. Not much compared to 150 or so from each of her many fig trees.
    If you don’t have any fresh figs for these recipes, don’t worry. Though fig season here was finished weeks ago, most local markets have jars of fresh figs. Even the dried variety work quite well.