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Today's Features

  • When I read other cooking columns, and I read quite a few, I have always enjoyed the ones that included some food history and food trivia. If you are a regular reader of this column, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the obscure facts and trivia associated with that week’s highlighted food ingredient.

  • Some folks who move to southeastern North Carolina in the middle of summer may wonder if the heat and humidity will ever end, but one of the paybacks for surviving the summer heat is our mild winter. With the right garden plan, we can have something flowering almost every day of the year.

    So what’s blooming in the winter garden now?

  • Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nest sites.

  • The year 2008 could not depart without leaving an imprint on the Pelletier household. Thanksgiving was celebrated with a mysterious illness that struck the lord of the manor and kept us running from doctor to doctor with hospital outpatient calls in between. There were weeks of “ruling out” before anything could be ruled in. At this writing, healing has begun but no specific cause identified.

  • Johnny Cash is gone, but on Thursday, Jan. 22, you can relive the music and spirit of the “Man In Black” when Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans performs his “Ring of Fire” tribute at Brunswick Community College.

    With a voice like rolling thunder and a spirit of gentle rain, Evans has been wowing audiences from Nashville to San Francisco with his tribute to the Man In Black.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Walker of Supply announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Ann Walker, to Daniel Brooks Kittrell II, son of Selena Kittrell of Asheville and the late Daniel Brooks Kittrell. A fall wedding is being planned.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford ‘Sandy‘ Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gene and Merle Gray Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach and the granddaughter of the late Robert and Lina Hawes of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Sanford Bath Sr. and Sandra Bath of Bolivia. A Sept. 12 wedding is planned.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Devan Ashley Johnson and Glenn ‘Shane‘ Britt Jr., both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Van and Pam Johnson of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Glenn Britt and Rhonda H. Britt, both of Sunset Harbor. A June 6 wedding is planned at the Southport Community Building.

  • Annie Sellers Phelps, a life-long resident of Brunswick County and Prospect Baptist Church member, celebrates her 80th birthday on Dec. 14. She was given a surprise birthday party by her daughter, Donna, attended by many of her friends at Ella’s Restaurant in Calabash. She also has a son, Hal. Her favorite pastime is working in her flower garden.

  • KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.