Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • We had a bit of excitement last week as “Old Man Winter” dusted us with snow, temperatures in the teens and lots of wind. As a southern boy born and raised in the heat and humidity, that’s pretty miserable for me, but more importantly, what has the cold weather done to our gardens?

    The short answer is not much, but our Taiwan cherry tree and camellias have suffered.

  • Now is a great time for planning weed control in your lawn. There are two kinds of weeds to consider. Winter weeds will be discussed first.

    The majority of winter weeds are annual weeds. They grow during the winter, flower and produce seeds, and die during the first hot spell in the spring.

  • What kills plants? As a time of reflection of last year and for many of the years I have been involved with diagnosing plant disorders, I find plants dying mostly from being planted too deep, from under- and over-watering, and from fertilizing too much. Someone once told our class to look in the mirror to find your plant’s number one enemy. We are often the ones to kill our plants with kindness. Too much of a good thing can be bad especially when it comes to watering practices.

  • Typically, I avoid Clint Eastwood movies. The violence disturbs me, but I was advised to see “Gran Torino” and to report my thoughts and feelings about the film. So I did. And, I was amazed at what I saw.

    The first surprise was there was a nearly full house on a Wednesday afternoon. Gray and graying heads bobbed in conversation, since we all arrived many minutes before show time. I caught bits and pieces of the varied dialogue, mostly about golf, taxes, and maladies—speech that seniors find interesting and informative.

  • CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, is featuring “Art Glass: Summerfield & Friends” through Feb. 6.

    The group showing of contemporary art glass consists of new works by Scott Summerfield, Kakie Willcox Honig and Fyreglas Studio (husband and wife team, J.J. Brown and Simona Rosasco).

  • BOLIVIA—Two weeks ago, they were patrol officers. Last week, they were investigators.

    In the coming weeks, they’ll prepare their cases for court—running the gamut of law enforcement from taking the original reports to trying their cases before a judge.

    For the students in the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office Citizens’ Academy, each week brings a new challenge, and last week was no exception. Students, divided into five groups each investigating seemingly unrelated incidents, took reports, processed crime scenes and collected evidence.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Allison Hardee of Shallotte and Randy Richardson of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Grace Stone of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Ronald Hardee of McColl, S.C., and the granddaughter of the late Julia Edwards of Laurinburg and the late Hyman and Nevada Hardee of McColl. The prospective groom is the son of Pat Lynch of Maryland and Liston Richardson of Bolivia. A Jan. 31 wedding is planned.

  • Walt and Mary Ann Sellers of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Samuel Vincent Sellers, born at 7:01 p.m., Jan. 3, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Doreen Pragel of Calabash and the late Vincent Pragel.

    Paternal grandparents are Gene and Emily Sellers of Supply.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Peterson of Shallotte announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Jennifer K. Polomis, daughter of the late Michelle J. Polomis, to Kristopher Scott-William Mackey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mackey of Concord, Ohio. The bride-elect is employed as a registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland, Ohio. Her fiance is vice-president of Monode Marking Products of Cleveland. A June wedding is planned.