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Today's Features

  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    Looking for native plants? Worried about Bambi sneaking into your garden and destroying your hostas? A problem for many gardeners, deer seem to feed on just about everything, aside from maybe those inflatable palm trees you see at the pool. Battle-weary gardeners can take heed (and maybe sit down), because believe it or not, there are more than a few native plants that will resist deer and also enhance the beauty of your landscape.

     

    Why native plants?

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden, and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickeningly sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden.

    Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down, but luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  •  For the past six weeks, I’ve been sharing ideas on five-ingredient recipes. We’ve done breakfasts, soups, chili, oven meals and even cereal dinners. You may be wondering about desserts, too.

  •  One of my daughters teaches social studies in a Connecticut middle school. She’s been happily committed to this vocation for nearly 30 years. I am always interested in her experiences, observations, perceptions, and perspectives on today’s methodology.

     

  •  By John Nelson

     

    How could anyone not love this lovely little plant?

  •  Onions lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods

    Highly versatile, onions are an indispensable commodity throughout the world, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.

    So why do they make you cry?

    When you pierce an onion, you cut its cellular network, releasing a series of sulfur-based compounds that instantly combine and re-combine, causing sulfonic acid to be given off and triggering our tear response when we breathe it in. Now, aren’t you sorry you asked?

  •  Apple earns highest Girl Scout honor for strong bones curriculum

     

    North Carolina Coastal Pines congratulates Trisha Angelique Apple of Ash for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

  • Last Saturday, May 9, the West Brunswick High School Show Choir traveled to Atkins A & T High School in Winston-Salem to win third place in the state finals of the William Peace University North Carolina Show Choir Competition.

    The choir, one of eight high schools in the competition, will present its award-winning performance at a free spring concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 21, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Admission is free, and the public is cordially invited.

  • Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  •  You’re tired, there’s no one else to fix dinner for tonight and all you feel like doing is pouring a bowl of cereal. But wait! Take an extra five minutes and prepare this luscious parfait, full of foods from three of the five food groups. This dish takes cereal to a new level.