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Today's Features

  • Thousands of people have responded to the emergency call for blood donations issued by the American Red Cross in early July, but there continues to be a critical summer blood shortage. Eligible donors of all types are urgently needed.

    After issuing the emergency call, the Red Cross has experienced a 30 percent increase in blood donation appointments through mid-July. About half of the appointments were scheduled by donors using the free Blood Donor App or at redcrossblood.org.

  • 1.        What does your life look like in five years?

  • The Ohio State University Extension has a bi-monthly food news release called Chow Line. A recent edition focused on melons. While written for Ohioans, the information is very appropriate for us in North Carolina, too. The article really did a great job of outlining the benefits of eating melons and explained how to select the best melons. I can’t write it any better than my colleagues Tracy Turner, the Chow Line editor, and Shari Gallup, Family and Consumer Sciences Educator for The Ohio State University Extension. So I’m sharing it.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — It’s weathered storms, crowds and lots of happy, vacationing families.

    The Ocean Isle Beach Fishing Pier, which turns 60 this year, has proven its endurance as it continues to thrive with more of the same anticipated in coming years.

    Terry Thorup, who for the past three years has managed the family-owned wooden pier built in 1956 and launched the following year by his uncle, Odell Williamson, said a portion of the historic 968-foot-long structure stretching into the Atlantic is original.

  • By Sam Marshall

    The dog days of summer are upon us and as we move into the hottest parts of July and August, a new suite of insect pests will soon descend upon our landscapes. One pest in particular, fall armyworm, is a caterpillar that appears about this time of year in your yard and, left unchecked, can wreak havoc in Bermuda grass lawns. So now is the time to start monitoring and controlling early populations of this hungry pest.

     

    What are armyworms?

  • Berry season is in full swing, so now is the time to take advantage. Available practically year-round at the supermarket, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries and strawberries just taste better when bought from a local farmers market.While they’re in season, you can devour these berries right after they’re picked at the farm, by the bowlful or prepared as a scrumptious, calorie-laden dessert.

     

    Raspberry, Avocado and Mango Salad

  • By John Nelson
    Christmas is coming, the geese are getting fat, won’t you please put a penny in the old man’s sack? If you haven’ got a penny, a ha’penny will do. If you haven't got a ha’penny, God bless you.

    — traditional English rhyme

     

  • Vanita Hampton Wright once wrote: “Sometimes we make prayer difficult because we separate it from what is concrete in daily life. We develop the attitude that prayer is supposed to be something in the mind and heart, a spiritual equality hard to define and somewhat elusive to experience.”

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    Are you overwhelmed? Do you have too much on your platter?

    Chances are, you’ve overcommitted yourself … again. Why does this keep happening?

    While it’s true that most of us lead busy lives and there are often a lot of “moving parts,” one of the culprits for your sense of feeling overwhelmed could be found by looking in the mirror.

  • They’re a 50-voice community choir converging from all over Brunswick County and three adjacent counties.

    At 7 p.m. this coming Sunday, July 30, the ensemble called UNITED unites at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia to present a free public concert.

    Choir director Michael Galloway, a Brunswick County native and son of longtime Mount Olive Baptist Church Pastor Anthony Clemmons, deems UNITED a ministry and opportunity to bring a variety of people and their unique talents together.