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Today's Features

  • Matthew and Kasey Abbott of Shallotte are the parents of a son, Garrison Matthew Abbott, born at 4:19 a.m., Jan. 17, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 7 ounces, and measured 20 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Gabriel, 3 1/2, and a sister Olivia, 19 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Kay Hewett of Bolivia and Junior Hewett of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Ann Abbott of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Reg Abbott.

  • Barry and Tracey Berry Chadwick announce the birth of their twin daughters Charlotte Elizabeth and Carson Leigh, born Jan. 18 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System.

    Maternal grandparents are Jack and Peggy Berry of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Greg and Delores White of Supply and Southport.

    Great grandparents are Junior and Lou Ellen White of Supply, Hilda Hewett of Supply and the late Carson Hewett.

  • With Valentine’s Day just a week away, Silver Coast Winery in Brunswick County is setting the stage and mood with its annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing from noon-5 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 7.

    Participants will enjoy four award-winning wines paired with four scrumptious handmade chocolates by an award-winning chocolatier and a Silver Coast signature wine glass for $15.

  • “Garden” may not come to mind when you think of the Brunswick County Government Complex in Bolivia, but the areas around buildings N and F are currently evolving into a great place to learn about plants that work well in our area.

    One of the wonderful things about having a local garden is I get to plant things and see how they perform. That’s what we’re doing with the collection of crape myrtles that’s up to about 40 or so now, and you’ll find all 23 of the Encore azalea selections plus lots of other trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.

  • Driving around and visiting various gardens, I treasure the times I am able to find Hellebores tucked away in gardens. They are quite interesting and have a unique flower display.

    One of the best things about the plant is it is deer resistant. That is probably due to the toxins contained in its leaves.

    Tony Avent from Plant Delights Nursery has provided some interesting information about hellebores. I have included some excerpts from Tony, which has been edited for this column.

  • First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener hotline has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.

  • Lean and boneless flank steak is one of only two steaks cut from the underside of a steer, the other being a skirt steak. It’s a thin, oblong cut mingled with tough meat fibers and loaded with great flavors.

    A thin steak, it responds well to marinades and to high heat cooking, if only for a brief amount of time.

  • People usually react negatively to the label: simple. It evokes a sense of naiveté and oversimplification that borders on avoidance and denial. We know the agony of being considered a simpleton. Somehow simple and simplistic have become identified, but there is a significant difference. To be simple is to model divinity. God is simple. Union with God is simple. Yet, neither is simplistic.

  • Kermit is a 6-month-old special-needs Doberman mix who was born without the use of his hind legs due to severe hip dysplasia. When Kermit was 4 months old, he was brought to a veterinarian by his owner, who asked that he be euthanized. But the vet fell in love with Kermit and his endearing personality, treated and healed his sores and outfitted him with his very own wheeled cart to get around in. Now all he needs is a home. Volunteers with Adopt-An-Angel say Kermit would be great in a home with children or serving as a therapy dog with children who have physical disabilities.

  • When the temperature dips into the 20s and 30s this time of year, sometimes even the teens, maybe it’s time to start thinking about making some good, slow-simmered stew on the stove.

    Using a combination of small cuts of meat (beef, pork, veal or lamb) along with bunches of carrots, celery, tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, onions and any other vegetable of your liking, and then placing them in a large covered pot and simmering them in a seasoned liquid for a long period of time would probably constitute being called a stew or a “burgoo.”