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Today's News

  • Deer-resistant native plants can enhance the beauty of your landscape

     By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    Looking for native plants? Worried about Bambi sneaking into your garden and destroying your hostas? A problem for many gardeners, deer seem to feed on just about everything, aside from maybe those inflatable palm trees you see at the pool. Battle-weary gardeners can take heed (and maybe sit down), because believe it or not, there are more than a few native plants that will resist deer and also enhance the beauty of your landscape.

     

    Why native plants?

  • Lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in the garden

     Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden, and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickeningly sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden.

    Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down, but luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.

  • Quick desserts –– adding an extra vegetable to your day’s meal

     For the past six weeks, I’ve been sharing ideas on five-ingredient recipes. We’ve done breakfasts, soups, chili, oven meals and even cereal dinners. You may be wondering about desserts, too.

  • Social studies steers students into vineyard learning

     One of my daughters teaches social studies in a Connecticut middle school. She’s been happily committed to this vocation for nearly 30 years. I am always interested in her experiences, observations, perceptions, and perspectives on today’s methodology.

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

     

    How could anyone not love this lovely little plant?

  • Onions lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods

     Onions lend themselves to a variety of cooking methods

    Highly versatile, onions are an indispensable commodity throughout the world, lending themselves to a variety of preparations and cooking methods.

    So why do they make you cry?

    When you pierce an onion, you cut its cellular network, releasing a series of sulfur-based compounds that instantly combine and re-combine, causing sulfonic acid to be given off and triggering our tear response when we breathe it in. Now, aren’t you sorry you asked?

  • Apple earns highest Girl Scout honor for strong bones curriculum

     Apple earns highest Girl Scout honor for strong bones curriculum

     

    North Carolina Coastal Pines congratulates Trisha Angelique Apple of Ash for earning the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting.

  • Allen named top player in AAC baseball tourney

     

    Hed: Allen named top player in AAC tourney

     

    Staff Report

    Tournament Most Outstanding Player Hunter Allen went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and pitcher Nick Durazo worked five innings of one-hit shutout relief as No. 2-seeded East Carolina was a 9-1 winner against top-seeded Houston on Sunday, May 24, in winning the American Athletic Conference Baseball Championship at Bright House Field in Clearwater, Fla.

  • Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office report

    Deputies investigated the following incidents last week. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    May 12

    Simple physical assault on Darnell Road, Bolivia.

    Assault on a female, assault on a handicapped person on Cardinal Avenue, Longwood.

    Fraud reported on Malmo Loop Road, Leland.

    Burglary with forcible entry on Bluewater Street, Southport.

    Larceny on Scorpion Drive, Leland.

    Vandalism on Southport-Supply Road, Southport.

  • Revaluation could increase county tax rate to 48.50 cents

    BOLIVIA — Brunswick County’s proposed budget for 2015-16 would increase the tax rate to 48.50, up from 44.25 cents.

    County Manager Ann Hardy presented the county board of commissioners with a $214.2 million budget proposal at their Monday, May 19, meeting. The 2014-15 budget was $210.2 million

    Hardy said the budget will be balanced with $3.06 million from the fund balance.