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Today's News

  • Try creating your own sauce when sauting those chicken breasts

    Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the ultimate fast food for family and guests—quick to prepare and low in fat. However, you can substitute chicken thighs for most any recipe calling for breasts, especially if your preference is dark meat.

    I’ve seen many articles claiming more than 100 ways to prepare chicken. I’m sure it must be at least 10 times that amount, but before I share a few of my favorites, let’s go over the ABC’s for sautéing chicken breasts for tender, juicy results.

    Sautéing Chicken Breasts

  • Starting a new trend: Southern garden chic

    During a class last week, one of the students asked me what I considered an elegant garden. Elegance is, of course, in the eyes and mind of the individual. I have visions of graceful Japanese maples, stacked-stone retaining walls, fountains and outdoor kitchens with enough BTU’s to make Lucifer envious.

  • Pruning primer: Part II, understanding the 4Ds of pruning

    Last week, we had an introduction to pruning giving you some basic reasons for pruning, what to prune and how to prune.

    There are always the 4Ds of pruning to fall back on whenever you are trying to decide whether to prune or not to prune. If you don’t need to prune, then don’t. The 4Ds are basic. You need to prune away any dead, diseased, dying or damaged tissue.

  • Choose fruit tree varieties with care

    Late fall through winter in southeastern North Carolina is a great time for planting fruit trees. There are several kinds that work well in backyard landscapes; however, not every fruit tree will grow and reliably produce in our area.

  • Can salvation be extended to include others? It is its own reward

    It was an icy cold, snowy day in the village of Valatie, N.Y. My youngest sister was returning home after long, somewhat unproductive, hours spent working in her studio/store.

    Her dream of creating pieces of art and offering them for sale in a combination workplace and salesroom was not meeting her expectations. Some saw her productions as costume jewelry, perused, commented, and left without purchase.

  • The other side of the argument: N.C. Rate Bureau justifies rate setting

    For months, county commissioners, state legislators and local officials have been hammering the North Carolina Department of Insurance and the North Carolina Rate Bureau over increases approved for homeowners’ insurance rates in coastal counties.

    In December 2008, former insurance commissioner Jim Long approved a 29.8 percent increase to homeowners’ insurance rates in Territory 42, which includes Brunswick County. While Long ordered the 29.8 percent increase, the rate bureau requested a 69.8 percent increase for Territory 42. The rates take effect May 1.

  • Short stay but great work by Walters

    The news last week in high school football was Gordon Walters’ resignation at South Brunswick to become the football coach at White Knoll in South Carolina.

    The bigger news for Walters came a day later, Feb. 19, when wife Stephanie gave birth to daughter Avery Sloane Walters.

    “Eight pounds, 12 ounces,” Walters said. “21 inches long.”

    It’s hardly surprising for a football coach to remember measurements, but at South, Walters succeeded because he blended football strategy with a family atmosphere.

  • Pit strategy gives McCumbee a third-place finish

    Chad McCumbee credited strategy by crew chief Bobby Dotter that allowed McCumbee to pick up numerous positions over a long green-flag run and eventually finish third in a NASCAR truck series race Saturday.

    McCumbee drove the The GPSstore.com No. 07 in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series San Bernardino 200 at Auto Club Speedway in Fontana, Calif. GPS Store.com is based in Ocean Isle Beach. He won $27,339.

  • Simmons now with the Kings

    Maybe now Cedric Simmons will get more time on the court.

    Simmons was involved in a six-player trade Feb. 18 between the Chicago Bulls and the Sacramento Kings.

    The Bulls sent Andres Nocioni, Drew Gooden, Michael Ruffin and Simmons to the Kings for Brad Miller and John Salmons. As part of the deal, the Kings traded Ruffin to the Portland Trail Blazers for forward Ike Diogu and cash.

    The trade apparently was a fast-breaking one. According to ESPN.com, Bulls players were pulled off the team bus that afternoon and told they had been traded.

  • South wins conference tournament in overtime

    LAKE WACCAMAW—The South Brunswick boys’ basketball team completed a sweep of conference championships by winning the conference tournament Friday.

    The top-seeded Cougars (22-5) beat second-seeded Pender 48-43 in overtime. Ervin Hall clinched the victory by hitting two free throws with 12.1 seconds left.