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Today's News

  • Celebrating Mother's Day and remembering little moments that shape memories

    They were my favorite, although likely far from stylish. The red, onesie pajamas my mom had gotten me that year of my youth delighted me.

  • Watson pitches North to Waccamaw title

    BOILING SPRING LAKES—North Brunswick clinched the Waccamaw Conference baseball championship May 5 when it beat South Brunswick 9-3.

    Trey Watson pitched a no-hitter through five and one-third innings before giving up three hits and three runs in the sixth. Watson struck out three, walked one and hit two.

  • Two jewels in the sky; enjoy the stars for Mother's Day

    If you are looking for a gift for your mom for Mothers Day, give her the gift of time and some beautiful jewels. Spend some time outside this weekend looking at two jewels in the sky.

    Here’s how to locate them in the sky. First, enjoy the sunset and as the sun fades, the stars start to appear. As you look overhead and almost straight up, you’ll see Saturn. It is the brightest object and the second largest of the planets. Saturn is a great object to view in a telescope because you can see Saturn’s rings and larger moons.

  • When you say 'barbecue,' it means pulled pork to most Carolinians

    Every region of the country has its favorite style of barbecue. Our favorite is “pulled-pork,” the popular Southern cuisine.

    While you might think people in the South are into barbecuing more than most, it’s actually more popular with those in the Northeast part of the country, followed by the North Central region, the South and then the West.

  • Celebrating Mother's Day: Mothers push for family values

    When Mother’s Day rolls around, I remember my childhood attempts at crayoned cards loaded with hearts and promises of wondrous behavior. As the years passed, I graduated, if that is what is was, to commercially produced sentiments embellished with additional memories of my mom’s nurturing presence. Sometimes, the cards were replete with Victorian laciness. Sometimes, they were rife with modern comedy. Always, they were heartfelt.

  • Foster care teens enjoy dancing, singing event

    Teenagers living in foster care enjoyed a catered dinner and music with a deejay to celebrate the end of their spring break in Brunswick County.

    In between dancing and singing, the teens were educated on the benefits of the SAYSO (Strong Able Youth Speaking Out) program by Jean Harwell, program manager for Mentors 4 K.I.D.S. They met with Jamie Orrock, director of Brunswick County DSS, as well as the president of the WAVES 4 K.I.D.S. Board of Directors, Kay Wolf, and other prospective mentors.

  • Garden musings: Enoying the fun of watching a garden grow

    One of the wonderful things about having a garden is the opportunity to watch things grow. Of course, if you’re in the business of giving out horticultural advice, it’s also a great way to learn. I’ve always felt better about giving out recommendations based on local experience, so here are some musings about some plants that I’ve added to my own garden this year.

  • Treated lumber use in the garden: How safe is it?

    It is that time of year when people start putting in vegetable plants and suddenly they want to know if it is all right to plant them in a bed framed with treated lumber. Agents across the state have been e-mailing their thoughts and experiences. We have even contacted our resource people and they provide to us valuable back up assistance. Here are some interesting points I have gleaned from the discussion on how and where to use treated wood and which plants are okay to grow in systems containing treated wood.

  • Understanding more about swine influenza and tips for prevention

    Swine influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by type A influenza virus that regularly causes outbreaks of influenza in pigs. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), swine flu viruses do not normally infect humans; however, sporadic human infections with swine flu have occurred. Most commonly, these cases occur in persons with direct exposure to pigs.

  • Gardening in the shade can be enjoyable, successful if you choose the right plant

    Gardeners are often unhappy about how their grass and other plants look in a shady area, especially under trees. People can spend a lot of money, time and effort trying to make sun-loving plants grow in shady areas. If you have a situation where shade is stressing the sun-loving grass of other plants, consider choosing plants that will thrive in a shady location.

    Gardening in the shade can and should be just as enjoyable and successful as gardening in the sun. When proper plants are selected for shady areas, the results can be beautiful and long lasting.