Today's News

  • Gratitude is an attitude that evokes graciousness

     We are in the dog days of August. It is that time of year when the heat and humidity raises havoc with the psyche. Add the lurking possibility of a third “h”—hurricane—to the mix and gratitude is most uncommon. 

  • Community rallies to help couple in need

     A string of bad luck had recently descended upon the Ed Peters family of Calabash. Peters suffers from a rapid heartbeat and required the assistance of a pacemaker.

    While he was hospitalized for a pacemaker procedure, his wife Ruth suffered a fall and fractured her hip. Upon her release, she required a walker for mobility and Ed Peters needed a walker, too. 

    Suddenly, the steps leading to their home were a barrier they could not easily conquer. Fortunately for the Peters family, help was on the way.

  • Brunswick County Youth honored at State 4-H Congress

     A Brunswick County 4-H’er was among award-winners at the recent 2010 State 4-H Congress, July 19-22 in Raleigh. 

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for four days of activities. 

    At the beginning of summer, youth gather at their 4-H District Activity Day events to give presentations on topics of their choice to a panel of judges. Winners advance to the state level, where they gathered during the second day of Congress. 

  • Have you noticed a lack of blooms on flowering plants?

    Recently we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardeners Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants. 

    Following are some possible reasons but sometimes there are just no explanations. 

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom, and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area. 

  • ‘Where’s Ronald?’ An insider’s notes from a (slow and odd) civil trial

    Lady Justice may be blind, but she can also be quite slow.

    For the last 11 days, I have been covering the civil trial in which former Holden Beach Police Officer Terri Oxford sued the town of Holden Beach for gender discrimination and wrongful termination.

    It’s been a long two-plus work weeks—days in court followed by writing stories to update the website daily and trying to catch up on work missed while watching the scales of justice in motion.

  • Go green: Add a rain garden to your landscape

     Rain gardens are a great way to treat stormwater runoff from roofs, parking lots and driveways. 

    Rather than piping all of that water to a stormwater pond, these depressions in the landscape trap the water and allow it to infiltrate just as it did in its natural state. 

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Aug. 9

    Barbecue pork, baked beans, coleslaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 10

    Chicken dumplings, lima beans, peaches, sugar cookies, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 11

    Sloppy Joe/hamburger bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 12

    Baked beans and franks, coleslaw, fruit cocktail, hot dog bun/margarine, beverage.

  • On these hot summer days, have some light, classic chilled soups

     Chilled soups are a great idea for these hot summer days when you just want something light. 

    We had some chili a couple days ago, even though I prefer to have it during the cold winter days, which we don’t seem to have very often around here. So I started thinking about making some chilled soups and came up with a few that are relatively easy to make with ingredients most of us have in the pantry or fridge.

  • August’s sky is full of wonder—and stars and planets

    August’s sky is full of wonder; however, not the wonder of seeing Mars the size of the full moon.

    Sorry to say that to those prepared to go outside at the end of month hoping to enjoy this celestial wonder.

    Can anyone be safe from the evil, “bad science monster,” restored to life, like a B movie zombie, which invades in-boxes of innocent e-mailers all over the world? Please save everyone and hit delete.

  • A difficult economy leads to few success stories in the restaurant business

    At around 1 o’clock on a recent afternoon, Sunshine Café on Holden Beach Road in Shallotte had been closed for an hour or two due to a lack of business. Workers were busy cleaning up and performing routine maintenance work inside.

    Specializing in breakfast and lunch, Sunshine Café’s regular business hours are 7 a.m.-2 p.m. daily. But the recent lull in business has the restaurant closed more often during what used to be peak lunch hours.