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Today's News

  • Can you spot the mistakes?

     Doug Powell says he can’t watch cooking shows on television. Why not? He complains the music is terrible, the chefs awful and the food safety non-existent.

    I happen to agree with Dr. Powell. I usually can’t watch cooking shows because the food safety practices concern me. On one half-hour show, I spotted at least three things, including recipes for home canning and meat cooking temperatures, that were just wrong!

  • Dog’s diet affects gut bacteria
  • Frink/Fulford engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tiffani Nikole Frink and Nicholas Patrick Fulford.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark Frink of Shallotte. She is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Wilmington and is a third-grade teacher at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia.

    The prospective groom is the son of Van and Sharon Fulford of Supply. He is co-owner of Fulford Concrete in Supply.

    An April wedding is planned at The Barn at Rock Creek in Leland.

  • Would you rather be right than happy?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    I first saw this sign at a seminar years ago.

    It seemed like such a no-brainer. Of course, I’d rather be happy than right! It’s amazing, though, how many times we can become so attached to our positions — and “dug in” — that proving our point becomes the most important thing.

    This question is often used in therapy sessions to illustrate to an individual, couple or family just how polarizing the desire to “be right” can be.

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     “The air was now cool and salubrious, and riding seven or eight miles, through a pine forest, I came to Sapello bridge, to which the salt tide flows. I here stopped…”

                William Bartram, 1741, “Travels”

     

  • He will add humility wherever he goes

     Funerals are never easy events for me. They evoke multiple and mixed feelings. Loss and regret commingle with sorrow and blessing. Relief and sadness embrace. Tears flow as tender smiles erupt. Past and present merge into an unknown future. Cultural commands dictating appropriate behavior collide with an innate sense of rightness that opposes propriety.

  • Rice as a main dish? Think paella, jambalaya, sushi and risotto

     Rice has always been considered a natural convenience food. It’s easy to store and always ready to use … no washing, peeling or chopping required. Once opened, I keep mine in an airtight container in the pantry.

    I recently learned that brown rice should be stored in a refrigerator or freezer if you plan to keep it for more than a few months, due to the freshness of the oil contained in the bran layer. Cooked rice will usually hold up for a week if stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container or up to six months in the freezer.

     

  • District 17 House update

    By Rep. Frank Iler

    Guest Columnist

    Last week in the North Carolina House of Representatives more of our policy committees began meeting to handle bills, we passed several key bills and we filed up to 120 bills so far, some of which I sponsored.

  • Calabash Lions brave Harlem Ambassadors at WBHS on March 4

    Just when you thought Carolina basketball couldn’t get any more exciting, the Harlem Ambassadors trot into town to up everybody’s game.

    The team, specializing in cross-country and international roundball folly-and-fun fundraisers, take on the Calabash Lions Club Lions Pride team for an entertaining showdown at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4, in the West Brunswick High School gymnasium at 550 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte.

  • A little kindness still goes a long way

    One of my favorite things about being a community newspaper editor is getting great response from readers about what we publish and the community we serve.