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Today's News

  • A teen's self-esteem should be worth more than your monthly sales goals

    It has been a while since I was 15 years old, but this weekend I was reminded of the trials of being a teen.

    At 15 years old, I was awkward. I had acne. I was shy. I was anxious about my appearance. I was scared to talk to boys. I was a typical 15-year-old girl.

    Anyone who has been 15 understands it is not an easy age. One would hope adults would have compassion toward issues facing a 15-year-old.

  • County Extension briefs

    Master Gardeners plan classes
    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. The class provides the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in coastal North Carolina.

  • More than just fried green tomatoes

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • Golden Corral Shallotte bound

    SHALLOTTE—More buffet dreams are back on the table as Golden Corral moves forward with plans to open in Shallotte.

    Earlier this year Golden Corral looked into a site for business in the Westpark Plaza commercial subdivision along Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) between Harley Davidson Drive and St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church.

    The project ran into several speed bumps, and plans for the final plat were never presented to Shallotte alderman for approval. It appeared the project was not going to happen.

  • Controlling fire ants

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Fire ants can ruin picnics and football games. Treating fire ant colonies in the fall can help edge out future colonies, lessening the likelihood they’ll steal your chips or nip at your toes.
    Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size. Attacking those colonies now will help next spring when they start to swarm again. Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall for four main reasons:

  • Microgreens can be grown all winter

    Microgreens are edible greens that range in size somewhere between sprouts and mature salad crops. They are easy to grow, fast and delicious. Some examples of microgreens include: arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, chard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard and peas.

  • Spinach, whether fresh or frozen, is a most versatile vegetable

    Everyone knows spinach is good for you, but we seem to underuse it quite a bit. Spinach contains a powerhouse of nutrients, so why not use it more often?
    The best spinach is usually found in the farmers market rather than the produce section of a regular grocery store. When fresh spinach is not available, why not try using one of the cheapest items at the grocery store? Boxed frozen spinach. The frozen chopped versions are a bit more versatile than the leafy kind, but if you really love the leafy variety, then go with it.

  • Community briefs

    Castillo earns master’s degree
    Boston University in Boston, Mass., awarded academic degrees to 1,517 students in September 2011, including Luis D. Castillo of Leland, who received a master of science degree in project management.
    Boston University is the fourth largest independent university in the United States, with an enrollment of more than 29,000 students in its 17 schools and colleges.

  • Winners named in Mixed Pinehurst Tournament

  • Ladybirds play club championship

    The Brunswick County Ladybird Cup Championship was played Nov. 2 at The Farmstead Golf Course. The event was attended by the Ladies Golf Leagues from the following courses: Brunswick Plantation, Carolina National, The Lakes, Lockwood Folly, Magnolia Greens, Meadowlands-Farmstead, Oak Island, Saint James and Sea Trail.