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Today's Features

  • New York soul singer Angel Rissoff has completed his CD, “Nu Soul Stew,” and will be in the Carolinas to promote its release. The initial CD release party, featuring Rissoff and Nashville guitarist Rickey Godfrey, will be at J.B. Pivots in Charleston, S.C., on June 26.

    The duo will take the tour to the Spanish Galleon in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. on Friday, June 27, and Chaser’s on Oak Island on Saturday, June 28.

    The 13-track CD includes a combination of soul, jump blues and R&B.

  • Home vegetable gardening is one of the most popular hobbies listed and in this day and time can help families out with their rising food bills.

    There is still some time left to start a garden with certain crops and others you may need to wait until August to start some of the fall gardens.

    Please contact your local Cooperative Extension Service for advice on which crops to plant and when would be the best time to plant them. For now, many gardeners are beginning to reap the benefits of their labor. Here are some tips on harvesting your vegetables:

  • I visited Universal Studios’ theme park in southern California last week where they still have a section devoted to Kevin Costner’s 1995 movie flop, “Waterworld.” Those of you who may have seen it already know the plot revolves around a world after the polar icecaps have melted and dry land is hard to find.

    We haven’t had too much trouble finding dry land in the last year or so, but observing southern California landscapes has reinforced an old opinion of mine that we water our trees, shrubs and lawns way more than we have to.

  • If you enjoy the beauty of butterflies, why not create an area in your landscape for them?

    Butterflies are colorful, delicate and graceful in flight. Their visits to your flowers have a purpose—it is a quest for the necessities of life. Plant their favorite nectar plants if you want to attract them.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    Non-fiction

    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.

  • Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real-life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

    Spinach contains oxalic acid that inhibits the absorption of its calcium and iron. In addition, it contains other nutrients that are not fully absorbed when it is consumed raw.

    This is not to say spinach is not good for you, but like many health and nutritional claims, the surface hype usually obscures the underlying scientific reality.

  • Food poisoning is the common term many people use to refer to foodborne illness. When a source for an outbreak is identified, salmonella is one of the most common types of foodborne illnesses reported. It is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses each year.

    What is Salmonella?

  • I have just enjoyed the pleasure—and fatigue—of being “Nanny Granny” to a teenaged granddaughter, a 10 year-old grandson and their old English bulldog, Lily.

    I hoped our time together would be a unique bonding experience since I am the “far away” grandmother who only gets glimpses of their lives. As it turned out, this was truly an immersion in the daily adventures and times of today’s youth, and I gained great knowledge and insights in the process.

  • Christian music concert set for July 5

    "Praise God!" is the theme and plan for at least one event for the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport on Saturday, July 5.

    Nash Street will be closed from Howe Street to City Hall for a youth-led concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring The Aaron Wagner Band from Dallas, Texas, and Brunswick County’s own Wendy Jones. These two gospel artists will lead an evening of music with a positive message for all ages.

    There is no charge to attend this event. A love offering will be taken.

  • Seth and Polly Whitesides of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Jaxon Cole Whitesides, born at 12:53 p.m. May 30 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Brady, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach.