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Today's Features

  • Elsie Jordan from Brunswick County joins Pennsylvania native potter Betsey Mitchell and Cape Cod painter Michael Caiazza as featured artists whose work will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 31 to May 10, at Franklin Square Gallery in downtown Southport.

    This cooperative community gallery is open to the public free of charge.

    Their work is under the spotlight at the ongoing members show sponsored by the Associated Artists of Southport.

  • When the white blooms of flowering pears make their annual appearance this time of year, it’s difficult not to get excited about them. Throw in a little early-morning sunlight for backlighting and you have something to wax poetic about.

    The red fall color is usually pretty reliable, too. Unfortunately, there’s a down side to the saga of the Bradford pear. Like most pears, its fast growth means weak wood. Add the inherently narrow branch angles, and you have a recipe for breakage once a few years have gone by.

  • Last week I mentioned that former extension specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought out, planned garden.

    Steps in the Landscape Design Process

    •Develop a plot plan

    •Conduct a site analysis

    •Assess family needs

    •Locate use areas

    •Design, construct, and plant

  • This is the time of year we all start thinking about having the best landscape ever. In my mind, the best landscape ever is beautiful all year long with little care from the gardener. It is time to prepare the beds for new plants as well as last year’s perennials so let’s get a good start toward creating an easy care landscape.

  • The red-tailed hawk is the hawk most folks associate with the name. They are the most visible, often seen soaring overhead and perched in treetops along highways. Red-tails are year-round residents of the Lower Cape Fear; however, they are seen more often in winter when birds from the north join our resident population.

    The Eisenhower Interstate Highway System was enacted in 1956 for the benefit of red-tailed hawks. Just kidding, but they do enjoy hunting on the wide easements.

  • Brunswick County stars are gearing up to take center stage and show off their dancing skills.

    “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” will take center stage Aug. 1.

    Like the ABC version, 22 Brunswick County locals paired with local professionals will perform a choreographed ballroom routine, and only one couple will be crowned as the dancing king and queen.

  • Sauerbraten (sour roast) is considered by most to be Germany’s National dish, but while the basis of the recipe remains the same, variations do occur from region to region.

    Traditionally made with a beef roasting joint (topside or similar) the meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and/or beer, spices such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns, bay leaves and onions; and then braised in the marinade for a long period, resulting in very tender melt-in-the-mouth meat.

  • Those who know me well also know I love to tease, especially to tease those who are near and dear to me.

    Obviously, my husband is the most frequent recipient of my jesting comments. I exaggerate the effects of his contemplative nature, describing in great detail his many prayer chairs and their many accompanying books. I wonder aloud at the procrastination that emerges from hours spent in pondering rather than in practicality, but all the while, part of me is watching the power of that prayerfulness. I am being impelled to a similar lifestyle, even if I express it differently.

  • 7 Up's service planned at Big Macedonia Baptist

    Members of the Big Macedonia Baptist Church are planning a 7 Up’s service for 3 p.m. Sunday, April 6.

    The theme will be “Standing for Jesus in any Situation.”

    Speakers for the afternoon will be: Stand Up-Minister Edna Lewis; Speak Up-Sister Yolonda Hewett; Grow Up-Brother Kendrick Morgan; Look Up-Minister Norma Frink; Pray Up-Deacon Jimmy Hankins; Wake Up-Deacon Gregory Williams; Shut Up-Sister Shelia Washington; and Sister Stephanie Marlow will wrap it up.

  • Aaron S. and Rachel N. Swain Ward of Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Joseph Liam Ward, born at 10:21 a.m. Feb. 26 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 20.5 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain, Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; Daniel and Mattie Ward, Herbert and May Ward, all of Whiteville.