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Today's News

  • Longing for leadership is a holy and wholesome yearning

     

     

  • Gardens reflect people, personalities

     A garden always reflects the person charged with managing it. I get bored rather easily and love to try new things. That’s why I have a garden of “onesies,” one of this cool plant and one of that cool plant. It might frustrate the hardcore landscape designer, but it’s OK with me.

    Trying new plants is one of my favorite things to do each year, even if it requires moving or removing another plant. Based on my experience over the last couple of years, you should consider adding African lily and firecracker plant to your garden.

  • Avoid those vacation pounds

     “Oh well, I’m on vacation and I’m going to eat everything I want.” Or, “I deserve to eat it, I’m on vacation.” You’ve probably heard people say this, or possibly said it yourself.

    Not gaining weight while on vacation is usually easier said than done, but you can still focus on a healthy diet and still have a good time.

  • Introducing a new pet to your old pet Part 1: Pre-pet prep

    “I’d like to get another pet; I’m just not sure Brownie would accept one.”

    I had just advised Brownie’s owner to consider adopting a new puppy. Brownie was 13 years young, had gained a few excess pounds and, in my opinion, was beginning to lose a little of the spark in her bark. I was trying to reignite that furry fireball I’d treated for many years.

  • Reflections on birthdays, immune systems and living life fully

     By Linda Arnold

           In nine years of writing this column, this is only the second time my standard publication date has fallen on this date.

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    I wish I had time to go back to Germany, and maybe spend some time in Bavaria. I’ve spent some time there, in and around Munich, which is one of the most charming cities you can visit in Europe. It’s a fairly large town, but real easy to get around in, and there’s a lot to see and do. Of course, plenty of people like to go to Oktoberfest, which is great, boisterous fun, with huge crowds. (This year it goes from Sept. 17 to Oct. 3.)

  • What cut of beef do I buy for London broil?

     First of all, London broil is a cooking method, not a cut of beef, but many grocery store meat departments and butcher shops sell a cut of beef labeled “London broil.” What cut of beef is it? It is usually either top round roast or top round steak

    No one knows where the “London” comes from in the name, since this is a decidedly American dish, but it has become such a popular cooking method that many butchers simply use the term “London broil” since the method has become nearly synonymous with that cut of meat.

     

  • CCU second in S.H.A.R.E. King Mackerel Tournament

    Coastal Carolina’s fishing team has done it again.

    Last weekend it finished second in the S.H.A.R.E. King Mackerel Tournament, based out of Wrightsville Beach. As I stated in my column last week, the CCU fishing team earned top honors by placing first in the Got-Em-On King Mackerel tournament — and darn if it didn’t come out swinging again last weekend.

  • Sunset Beach home destroyed in Friday fire; no injuries reported

    By Lindsay Kriz

    Staff Writer

    SUNSET BEACH — A Sunset Beach home is considered a total loss after an early morning fire Friday, July 15, on East Main Street.

    No one was injured.

    Sunset Beach Fire Chief Kevin Dempsey said the accidental 2 a.m. fire began when a grill on a porch with warm coals was blown over by high winds. The coals landed on pine straw next to the home, catching the straw on fire.

  • Pelican’s SnoBalls opens in Leland

    LELAND — Leland has a new temptation now that Pelican’s SnoBalls has opened on Village Road.

    Chris Baker and Kyle Kelsey are the owner/operators of the new store, which opened July 1 at 403 Village Road NE, the former location of Mr. Frosty’s Subs & Ice Cream shop.

    Baker said the Leland shop is the third Pelican’s SnoBalls the duo has opened, but it is their first business in Brunswick County.

    They also run the Pelican’s SnoBalls sites on Market Street and Carolina Beach Road in Wilmington.