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Today's News

  • St. James has rifle, pistol club

    The St. James Rifle and Pistol Club, with 39 members, has conducted its major safety training under the guidance of NRA certified instructors Rob Jerome (rifle and pistol certification) and Bill Boston (shotgun certification). They have an ongoing safety training program that is mandatory for all members and a new course will begin in early February.

    The club has afforded all members the opportunity to fire various kinds of sporting and target firearms, including revolvers, semi-auto pistols, rifles and shotguns.

  • Marsh-Proffitt engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kara Marsh and Brendan Proffitt, both of San Diego, Ca. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Charles and Bonnie Rogers of Tempe, Az., and Mr. and Mrs. John Marsh of Mesa, Az. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Proffitt of Bolivia. An April 7, 2012, wedding is planned in San Diego, Calif.

  • A weed you want in your landscape

    By TOM WOODS
    MASTER GARDENER

    Butterfly weed is one weed you want in your landscape. It’s a butterfly magnet. The leaves are the preferred food source for the larvae of several species of butterflies, including Monarchs and the flowers provide nectar for both butterflies and hummingbirds.

  • Get to know the Waccamaw River Blue Trail

    By Susan Brown
    County Extension

    Looking for a pristine, quiet, secluded place to take a break? How about an adventure with the possibility of spotting common wildlife species such as black bear, deer, wild turkey or American alligator? If the answer is yes, then you need to explore the Waccamaw River, right here in Brunswick County.

  • Blanketing your water heater saves energy

    By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    This winter has been unusually cold and most of us have received our recent electric bills—not a pleasant experience. What can you do to reduce the amount of electricity you use year round? You can begin with adding a water heater blanket, even if the hot water heater is in a part of the house that is not subject to extreme weather. 

  • Cold and ice

    The rock band “Foreigner” had a song in the early 1980s titled “Cold as Ice.” They were, of course, lamenting the emotional cold of a failed relationship, but the real cold and ice have been recent visitors here in southeastern North Carolina. The logical question is, “What’s all this cold weather done to our plants?” 

  • Community briefs

    Environmental Festival May 14

    Oak Island Parks & Recreation Department is sponsoring its inaugural Crawl Environmental Festival on Saturday, May 14, at Middleton Park on Oak Island.

    This environmental festival will feature live entertainment, informative speakers on sea turtles, sea birds and marine rescue, along with kids games and rides, arts and crafts and food.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Jan. 24

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 25

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 26

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, grape juice, sugar cookies, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Jan. 27

  • Most meats and seafood will benefit from a good marinade or rub

    There are many ways to cook a piece of meat. The use of a marinade adds flavor to the meat…seasonings will only adhere to the surface and may not alter the flavor of the meat inside. A good steak marinade will infuse into all parts of the meat if given enough time to soak in.

    Marinades accomplish two things: they season the food and they tenderize the food. 

  • Events planned at Museum of Coastal Carolina

    Preschoolers and their favorite adult can help feed the touch tank animals at the Museum of Coastal Carolina at 11 a.m. Friday mornings through May 27.

    Help a docent feed sea stars, hermit crabs, whelks, and other tidal animals. Independent make-and-take crafts are available in the museum galleries based on Susanne Tate’s books.

    January independent activities are about sharks and the books and crafts change each month.