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Today's News

  • Getting the best buy is not always easy, but it’s worthwhile

    There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • Nature Conservancy secures land near Green Swamp

    The Nature Conservancy acquired 463 acres in Brunswick County on Dec. 29. The property, which is on the east side of the Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve, includes 100 acres of longleaf pine. The conservancy hopes to plant additional longleaf pine on the tract, improving wildlife habitat.
    Longleaf pine is fire-dependent, so the area will be managed with controlled burning. Acquisition of the new property will also help the conservancy continue its restoration of longleaf pine in the Green Swamp.

  • Chocolate is the new health food

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and consumer Science Staff
    North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Brunswick County Center

  • How to prune crape myrtles

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning. We aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants.
    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.

  • This January is enjoyable in the garden

    I have been enjoying the weather this year in Brunswick County, a far cry from this time last year. The mild weather has prevented most of my perennials from going dormant and I still have annuals in the garden blooming. My pansies are full of color and have doubled in size. Will this change in the next few weeks?
    The one task I just cannot seem to enjoy this time of year is watering. Most of our winters are moist, but this year my containers are drooping just about every day. When it rains, it never seems to provide enough moisture to nurture the soil.

  • Community briefs

    Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarships available
    The 2012 Cape Fear Farm Credit scholarship applications are now available. Up to $14,000 in scholarship money will be awarded to selected high school seniors residing in the association’s 12-county servicing territory.
    The scholarships are based on academic awards and honors, extracurricular activities, work experience, and the student’s commitment to southeastern North Carolina agriculture and rural development.
    The scholarship application deadline is March 2.

  • Using fewer ingredients still offers delicious taste and nutrition

    Many of you have asked for recipes with a limited number of ingredients. When checking out my database, a number of cookbooks and even those online, I’ve found that five ingredients seem to be the magic number.
    By using what is in your pantry (and just a few additional items), you can keep dinner simple and affordable and just as healthy and delicious. These recipes all use minimal ingredients, not counting salt, pepper, various herbs and seasonings and a liquid, yet still offer wonderful taste and good nutrition.

  • Calendar

    Thursday, Jan. 19
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Ocean Ridge plays Winter Frolic Tourney

    The Ocean Ridge MGA played its 12th annual Winter Frolic Tournament Jan. 9 at Lion’s Paw.
    The event was shortened to one day because of a weather cancellation on Jan. 11. The tournament was a flighted, individual, low-net competition using 80 percent of handicap.
    No penalty strokes were assessed for out-of-bounds, water hazards, lost balls, unplayable lies or other penalty situations. All ties were broken by a match of cards.
    White tee flight: 1. Charlie Augone, 70; 2. Bob Dugan, 73; 3. Roger Buck, 73; 4. Greg Kent, 75.

  • Flaccavento scores first hole-in-one

    By Walt Stachura
    TFTBC
    The First Tee ace level participant Zack Flaccavento scored his first career hole-in-one on the 11th hole of Panther’s Run on Jan. 7. His playing partners were Chris Clendenin, Landon Patterson and Terry Mauney, The First Tee of Brunswick County director of programming