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Today's Features

  • The terms pasta, macaroni and noodles are often used interchangeably, but they are not the same.

    Pasta is the general term for the wheat product derived from combining semolina flour with liquid, usually water and/or eggs.

    Use water and you have macaroni; use eggs, and you have noodles. Semolina flour, made from durum wheat, is the flour of choice because of its high protein content.

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s eight Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Feb. 18

    Pork chop/gravy, macaroni and cheese, collards, fresh fruit (orange), flat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Feb. 19

    Pot roast au jus, rice, green beans, blend juice, chocolate pudding, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Feb. 20

    Barbecue chicken, corn casserole, green peas, pineapple tidbits, whole wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Feb. 21

  • The Dec. 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter contained a provocative 16-page insert on spirituality.

    This is a word that evokes a variety of emotional responses, many of them diametrically opposed. There is fear, disdain, dismissal, avoidance, denial, excitement, acceptance, relief and serenity—to name a few.

  • Trinity sets services

    “Our Favorite Excuses” will be the title of Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street across from the post office in Southport, on Sunday, Feb. 17.

    Based on scripture from Matthew 27:1-5, the sermon will be delivered at all three worship services: 8:30 a.m. casual worship, 9:40 a.m. contemporary worship with the Trinity Worship Band in Murrow Hall, and the 11 a.m. traditional service.

    Nursery care will be available during all three services.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Violet Andrews of Leland and Douglas Evans of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Lee Vance Frink and Marjorie Lynn Frink of Supply. A Feb. 14 wedding is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Ann Kirby of Supply and Kirk Joseph Worrell of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Kirby of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Livius and Mary Jo Worrell of Fayetteville. A March 15 wedding is planned at Ocean View Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

  • “Too picky” might work when describing a stern college professor, parent, or ex-girlfriend. You can just ignore them or run for cover, absolving yourself of any wrongdoing on your part. However, when “too picky” applies to an animal with very specialized needs, in this case a woodpecker, it is not that easy. It cannot help itself so we must.

  • I glanced over my husband’s shoulder to see what had him so engrossed. He was rereading one of his perennial favorites, The Artist’s Magazine.

    I keep telling him he must put down the magazines and pick up the brushes to be effective, but that’s another column. Sensing a spark of interest, he quickly showed me some amazing works of art. But I noted the title of one article and began my own artistic meanderings.

  • This is the story of a dog—a small red tick hound who, along with a lot of other dogs, strayed from home and wound up on adoption row at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    It’s also the story of Janie Withers and Gail Colwell, two members of Paws-Ability, a nonprofit group devoted to raising money for assorted animal causes in Brunswick County.

    Withers, of Ocean Isle Beach and a founder of the group, frequently visits the shelter and has rescued a few animals in her lifetime.

  • Over the years, a number of techniques have been used to produce early vegetable crops. Many of these “tricks of the trade” were originated by growers and universities. By using one or more of these “tricks,” you can increase your annual vegetable yield. Check out these seven tips for growing vegetables early and getting a jump on the rest of the growers:

    Multiple plantings