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Today's Features

  • Azaleas are blooming all over southeastern North Carolina right now.

    During these special two to three weeks, it’s easy to see why people are so enthusiastic about them. These plants have few rivals when it comes to making a colorful impact in the landscape.

    But, lots of people struggle to grow azaleas well. The secret is really no secret at all. You just have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.

  • Birds called waders are always lurking around the salt marsh. Some are large and some small.

    They drop by to scrounge up some grub, especially when the tide is low, a time when mud flats are exposed and fish are concentrated into small pools of shallow water called pannes.

    This article is about two of the little guys. The big guys like the great blue heron and great egret can wait for a later article. They are so large and photogenic they get enough attention. I am pretty sure every Brunswick County resident who owns a camera has taken a photo of them by now.

  • Cumin (Indian name Jeera) is a pungent spice used in many traditional Indian dishes.

    It is a staple of most curry spice mixes (though not all) and lends itself many dishes of other countries. Its supposed medicinal qualities are numerous, although in today’s western medicine it is used largely only in veterinary medicine.

    Its alleged health indications in the human are as an alleviant for stomach upsets and flatulence and in pregnancy to aid lactation and to reduce morning sickness.

  • One of my favorite Sunday treats is watching the television program, “Sunday Morning.”

    I love the variety of topics and enjoy the fact it is a way of keeping in touch with friends who are simultaneously involved with the program from afar.

    Nestled among pieces that reminded viewers of events from years ago and commented on the comparative value of vinyl records over iPod downloads, there was an intriguing interview Maria Shriver conducted with a multimillionaire—whose name I have unfortunately forgotten.

  • Operation Inasmuch set for April 19

    On April 19, 12 Baptist churches in Brunswick County will join with hundreds of other churches across North Carolina in a statewide Operation Inasmuch Day, according to a news release.

    Volunteers from all over the state will work together to provide assistance to those in need, including: working at food pantries, building wheelchair ramps, handyman repairs, care packages for soldiers and their families and taking blankets to nursing homes.

  • T.J. and Tara Turner of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Shaianna Dawn Turner, born at 7 a.m. March 6 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Thompson of Supply and Jackie and Brenda Cook of Winnabow.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Cindy Turner of Winnabow.

    Great-grandparents are Annie Mae Thompson of Varnamtown and the late Pearl and Russell Cook.

  • Teresa Wright and Travis Blackwell Jr. are the parents of a daughter, Brylee Morgan Blackwell, born at 9:24 p.m., March 25 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Alex Reed Blackwell, 11.

    Maternal grandmother is Sylvia Brown of Thomasville.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Edna and Travis Blackwell Sr.

    Great-grandparents are the late Magaline and Herbert Jones and the late Edna and Lester Parish.

  • Gerald and Faye Hewett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 2 with a reception at Seaside Christian Fellowship Church, hosted by several family members. The couple has three sons, Jerry (deceased, 1976), Terry and Kelvin; and two grandchildren, Johnathan and Savannah. The couple was married Feb. 13, 1958.

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has announced the winners of its 2008 BEMC Community Grants, including nine Brunswick County organizations.

  • Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

    “High School Show,” Franklin Square Youth Gallery, Southport. More than 100 students will have their work on display. For more information, call 457-5450.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.