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Today's News

  • Toilet terror: Unbelievable but true

    Has everyone heard the story about the poor woman in Kansas who spent the past two years in her boyfriend’s bathroom and was found stuck to the toilet seat?

    If you haven’t, trust me, I’m not making it up.

    According to various published reports, a 35-year-old Kansas woman, now identified as Pam Babcock, went into her boyfriend’s bathroom two years ago, and when he asked her to come out, she refused. So, he brought her food and water.

  • These chicken and shrimp recipes share a common thread

    Occasionally, I receive a favorite recipe from a reader that also includes a history of when and where it came from and so on.

    A few weeks ago, I received a fascinating e-mail from Jeris Hewett concerning recipes for Carolina Chicken and Shrimp Middleton that he shared with me.

    He had tried to reach me at home earlier but instead wound up talking with my wife for quite a while! She thoroughly enjoyed the conversation concerning his cooking prowess and told me about it when I got home.

  • Eat for a healthier lifestyle by following dietary guidelines

    It is important to follow the dietary guidelines recommended by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and Health and Human Services. These guidelines are designed to help Americans choose foods they need to support good health. They are based on the following tips:

    Select a variety of foods

  • Mount Pisgah Baptist presents interactive story of Easter

    Mount Pisgah Baptist Church presented its second annual production of the interactive Easter drama, “Journey Through Jerusalem” March 13-21 on the church grounds.

    Written by church member Tracy King, the drama takes visitors through various stops on Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. The visitors “just miss” Jesus at various places but hear from his followers and others who come in contact with him about his journey.

  • Lou Aliotta, Artist

    Photographic works by Southport artist Lou Aliotta will be featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through April 12.

    The show, “Lou Aliotta: Photographer's Journal,” includes landscape photos from upstate New York and Southport, floral images and specialty images that were created with a series of color-saturated variations of the same photo.

  • Arts & entertainment

    March 20

    6:30-8:30 p.m., Spectrum Art and Jewelry, Wilmington. Fundraiser to help painter Anne Boysen in her battle with ovarian cancer. At the clubhouse of the Reserve Apartments at Mayfaire (1411 Parkview Circle). All proceeds will go to Boysen. For more information, contact 256-2323.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition on display March 26 through April 9, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

    Ongoing through March 28

  • Spring activities at Museum of Coastal Carolina

    Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina rain or shine for a two-day class of geocaching. This outdoor classroom activity is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. May 2 and from noon-2 p.m. May 3 for grades five through adults.

    Pre-registration is required.

    On day one, participants will meet at the museum in the computer lab and then walk to three caches hidden on the island.

  • Manure: Is it safe for your garden?

    Microorganisms that cause disease can be transferred from animal manures to humans.

    The pathogens Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli, as well as parasites, such as roundworms and tapeworms, have been linked to applications of manure to gardens.

    Publicity about illnesses due to E.coli 0157:H7 has made people more aware of the potential risk of food borne illness from manure contamination. As a result, many are now asking whether it is safe to use manure on their gardens.

  • What does it mean to go native?

    I’ve never been one of those people who got overly excited about native plants. We do have some wonderful natives, but some of our southern favorites like evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and crape myrtle have all been introduced from other parts of the world.

    Redbud is a native small tree that’s flowering right now that makes a great addition to the garden. It’s distinctive, heart-shaped leaves and reddish-purple flowers make it easy to recognize. “Forest Pansy” has dark purple leaves when they first emerge.

  • Correct planting is important to plants survival

    Spring, ah yes, spring, and a gardener's fancy turns to, “What else?” Planting!

    I know you’re not all bozos out there, but just a few reminders. Everyone needs to be preached to now and then, and I’m just the guy to do it. When I was a teaching, a student once came up to me and said, “You are a preacher teacher,” so who is so foolish to argue with the wisdom of youth? And if you've got it, why fight it?