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Today's News

  • Union Elementary students earn awards, honors

    Union Elementary School has recognized the following students for its third nine-week awards:
    Bus Riders of the Month
    Taylor Barbee, Maddox Ward, Bryan Ortigoza, Jorge Hernandez, Willow Moore, JaQuice Daniels, Heather Gore, Bailey Arena, Katie Friend, Austin Nguyen, Timothy Seward, Jason Dodge.
    Citizens of the Month
    Kindergarten: Brooke Holmes, Delaney Edwards, Roman Dellacona, Meredith Perrone, Fisher Gurganus, Brenda Gonzales, Emma Greene, Simon Starch, Andrew McLaurin, Grayson Russ.

  • Be not afraid are words that fall too lightly on the tongue

    Life has taken many a twisted turn since the beginning of my bout with a variety of major health issues, particularly in the past two years.
    Frustration, a degree of desperation, fear...terrible fear...and an assault on what now appeared to be quite fragile faith. Unknowingly, I had entered the dark night of the soul. It was not a conscious choice, but it surely was one that dramatically changed my life.

  • Religion briefs

    Camp UMC plans Easter services
    Easter celebrations begin at Camp United Methodist Church of Shallotte on Sunday, April 24, with a 6:30 a.m. Sunrise Service. The Rev. Richard Vaughan will preach on “He Saw and He Believed” from John 20:1-8.
    The 8:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services will be taken from Matthew 28:1-8 with a sermon titled “Ta Da!” All services will be in the sanctuary.

  • Club news briefs

    VFW president coming to N.C.
    Cortina Barnes, national president to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), will be visiting North Carolina May 15-17 and will be hosted by the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 7288 in Calabash.
    Barnes will arrive at Wilmington International Airport on May 15 where she will be greeted by the Ladies Auxiliary President Janice Butterworth, department line officers and auxiliary members. Lunch will be hosted at the Wilmington VFW Post #2573 at noon and dinner will be at 7 p.m. at Post 7288 in Calabash.

  • What to do when nematodes appear on your plants

    A gentleman walked into the Extension office with a sample of a compacta holly that was struggling to survive. I immediately suspected it could be root-knot nematodes because compacta hollies are extremely susceptible to this roundworm. He collected a sample, sent it to the NCDA and sure enough, his soil tested positive for nematodes.
    Soils usually contain many free-living, or non-plant-parasitic, as well as plant-parasitic nematodes. Often, several genera of plant parasites are present in the same soil, though only one or two may cause major plant damage.

  • Dust off the canning equipment

    In an effort to cut grocery costs, help the family budget and take advantage of fresh, local foods, more people are turning to food preservation this summer. Many people are digging out long-neglected equipment and recipes to do-it-themselves.
    The advantages of home canning are lost when inappropriate or unsafe equipment or procedures are used. Why risk the loss of time and produce and possibly make yourself or a family member sick by using an unsafe gauge or out-of-date or untested recipes or procedures?

  • 13-year cicadas ready for their day in the sun

    April Reese Sorrow
    University of Georgia
    In a few weeks, we will have the chance to see a rare natural phenomenon: the emergence of Brood 19, our only 13-year cicada.
    “For 13 years, these cicada nymphs have been living below ground, awaiting their day in the sun,” said Nancy Hinkle, an entomologist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

  • Light foods go with light wines; heavy foods go with heavy wines

    Whether dining out or just entertaining at home, it’s important to know and understand which wine to serve with which food. When dining out, don’t be hesitant about asking your server what wine would go well with your entrée choices. Some menus will offer wine suggestions to complement each entrée, and a really good wine list should include a description of the wine’s characteristics.
    Choosing a wine

  • Community Briefs

    Flea market set for April 30
    For the 13th year, the St. James Service Club is proud to present its annual flea market on Saturday, April 30, at Brunswick Community College in Supply. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. This event is attended by hundreds of area residents.
    The St. James Service Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the needs of the community through volunteer participation and fundraising. All proceeds from the flea market will be used to meet the mission of the St. James Service Club.

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played a 1-2-3 tournament Friday Diamond Back. Winners with a score of 108 (-28) were Jim Beairsto, Bob Smith, Bob Brownley and Gary Gutheil. In second were Dan O’Connell, Tom Culverwell and Bob Byrne at 113 (-23). Lowest gross were Bob Byrne, Charlie Shore and Gary Gutheil, all with 86s. Lowest nets were Bob Byrne, 65; Dennis McCann, 67; Reggie Auten and Gary Gutheil, 68; Dan O’Connell, Fred Ortiz and Charlie Shore, 69. Bob Byrne was voted golfer of the week.
    BRIERWOOD MGA