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Today's News

  • The queen is dead—let's hope

    Ever since the 1950s, when popular entertainment became big business, middle-class Americans, especially women, have had a particular affection for what’s now referred to as “the queen,” a gay man who denies his orientation, makes fun of himself and dresses in gaudy, outlandish outfits.

    It started with Liberace, the man all middle-class housewives loved to watch on television. He showed what every man could accomplish in post-war America, rising “above” his Midwestern roots to practically own Las Vegas.

  • History of Ocean Isle Beach: The Beginning Years (1946 to 1963)

    In 1947 and 1948, Odell Williamson began purchasing tracks of land that eventually comprised Ocean Isle Beach. These tracks of land were owned by various families, including the Brooks family, the Stanley family, the Gore family and the D. Stowe Crouse family.

    Williamson was originally in partnership with Mannon Gore, but Gore and Williamson soon parted ways, dissolving the partnership. Gore’s son, Ed Gore, soon focused on developing Sunset Beach while Williamson focused on Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Whitefish is lower in fat than any other source of animal protein

    “Give a man a fish and he’ll eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he’ll eat for a lifetime,” asserts an old Chinese proverb.

    Well, not quite. There’s one more step. You also have to teach the man how to cook the fish.

    The general rule of thumb for cooking fish is: Lean, white flesh fish is best suited to poaching, sauting, pan frying and deep frying; fatty fish is best with dry cooking methods such as grilling and broiling, and moderately fatty fish is amenable to most cooking methods with the possible exception of deep frying.

  • Continuing education programs available through BCC

    The Continuing Education and Workforce Development Department (CEWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment, and academic achievement geared towards adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction.

    Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant. Seniors, 65 and older, can also take many classes free of charge.

  • Calabash native pens Sara Evans tune for Billy Graham biopic

    Shane Stevens is feeling anything but “Low” these days.

    That’s the title of a song the Calabash native co-wrote that was recently recorded by country music star Sara Evans for “Billy: The Early Years,” a Billy Graham biopic slated to open in theaters nationwide Oct. 10.

    The release of “Low” also marks the first recorded single written by Stevens, which had him on a high as he spoke during a phone interview recently from his 28th-floor apartment in Midtown Manhattan.

  • Arts & Entertainment calendar

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Farm Heritage Day is Saturday at Indigo Farms

    Fall means Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms.

    The annual event at the historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 4. Admission is free.

    Learn about the old ways of life on the farm, with day-long demonstrations that will include basket-making, blacksmithing, gun-making, molasses-making, spinning, weaving, and a working 1920s gristmill powered by a 1915 Morse-Fairbanks vertical engine from Horry County Museum.

  • To prune or not to prune during cooler days of fall?

    The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Are you ever left wondering about wasp wanderings?

    The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us, but some unwelcome insect visitors can accompany it.

    Polistes, or paper wasp colonies, are beginning to die out and some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually), along with next year’s crop of queens, are likely to start bailing out of nests. The surviving queens will seek out some place to pass the winter and all too often our houses become the location of choice. There are several species of paper wasps, but the common ones are mostly brown in color with yellow stripes on their abdomens.

  • Perennial care: Tips to divide and conquer

    September through late October is a good time for dividing your spring and summer blooming perennials in Brunswick County and the Cape Fear Region.

    For the most part, flowering should be nearing an end at this time of the year. That allows plants to put their energy into developing leaves for next season. Roots will continue to grow through the winter and this will help the plant get well established before the next bloom sequence.