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Today's News

  • March is living well month

     This week I’m tooting my own horn a little by sharing information about Living Well Month and Extension Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS). At the end of this column each week, there is a statement that says that I’m part of the Family and Consumer Science team at the Brunswick County Center of North Carolina Cooperative Extension. I know some people reading that don’t know who we are or what we do.

  • How to tell if your cat’s urine is normal

     Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat owner separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?

     

    Normal cat urine

  • Directing the movies in your mind

     By Linda Arnold

     

    I just had a very heartwarming experience while visiting a good friend I haven’t seen for years. I’ll call her “Marci.”

    The conversation started out about her move from the mountains to a beach area, although our talk took many twists and turns — and went back to earlier periods in her life.

    Marci had been in an unhappy marriage with three children — and felt trapped. Her husband was controlling and emotionally abusive.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    Such weather! Two weekends ago it snowed here: big, floppy snowflakes everywhere. Of course none of it stuck, but it was pretty for a while. Cold, too. And it got colder since then! Not to belabor this essay with a weather report, but the change from last week was a big one. We broke 70 degrees, which was perfect for a field trip, and we found this mysterious beauty.

  • Lent is a time to listen to God’s voice
  • Berry Jarvis earns rank of Eagle Scout
  • The taste of fresh garlic still remains unsurpassed

     The best thing about garlic is that it is available year-round, either frozen or fresh. Garlic is also available peeled or chopped, minced or creamed, preserved in oil and powdered, but fresh garlic remains unsurpassed in its taste.

    In addition to being a cook’s best friend, garlic has also been used for numerous other things, including embalming, warding off evil spirits and curing everything from the common cold to tuberculosis and broken bones.

  • Blood donors sought

    The American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood during National Volunteer Month, observed in April.

    Nearly 2.8 million people donated blood through the Red Cross last year. Volunteer donors are the only source of blood products for those in need of transfusions. Donors of all blood types are needed this spring.

  • Ocean Isle Beach signs check for causeway roundabout

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Ocean Isle Beach officials approved a construction agreement for a roundabout at the town’s main intersection on the mainland at Tuesday’s meeting.

    Commissioners have supported the North Carolina Department of Transportation roundabout plan at Ocean Isle Beach Road (Four Mile Road) and Beach Drive (N.C. 179) for the past two-and-a-half years, but agreed at the March 14 town meeting to send a check.

  • Clemmons to play softball for Meredith College

    SHALLOTTE — West Brunswick senior softball player Emily Clemmons signed a letter of intent Friday to attend Meredith College.

    “I chose to go to Meredith because of the school itself — education first, ” Clemmons said. “I liked the class size and how personal the teachers are with you.

    “I also like coach Kim Scavone and the way she runs things.”

    Clemmons said Scavone showed interested in her in the fall.