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Today's News

  • Readers feed on restaurant, grocery news

    One thing I’ve noticed in my three years here is few things generate a buzz like the prospect of a new chain restaurant coming to the area.

    Last week, it was the news that Shallotte Properties LLC submitted arequestto the Shallotte Planning Boardfor a 90-seat Zaxby’s Restaurant at 4736 Main St., the site of the former Hardee’s and The Grille restaurants.

  • Lockwood Folly: 20 years of helping others

    Lockwood Folly is an exciting place these days. It is the only member-owned course in Brunswick County. The normal high level of activity has been enhanced by new greens that were installed this past summer, and by the ongoing construction of a new 16,000 square-foot clubhouse.

    This year marks the 20th year of hugely successful charity events, many of them focused on breast cancer. Other charities that have received the largess of Lockwood are Awareness of Autism, Hospice Closer to Home and Ovarian Cancer Research.

  • How to ‘de-skunk’ a pet who’s been ‘skunked’

     Dr. Ernie Ward

     

    Have you ever smelled something so bad it turned your eyes sideways? I have. I was a frenzied first-year veterinarian in western North Carolina with more patients than July beach tourists with sunburns when it happened.

    “Dr. Ward, quick! We’ve got an emergency!”

  • How winds from the east can affect fishing
  • To question is to learn; to learn is to ask questions
  • Tough fishing with tougher weather

    Every fisherman has his idea of what a perfect day on the water would be like. Whether it be catching mahi mahi and wahoo in the Gulf Stream on a warm spring day or catching king mackerel along the beach on a cool, crisp October morning, we all have our dream trip. And unfortunately, no matter how hard we have tried this year, the days where these dream trips have been fulfilled were few and far between.

  • What happens 22 times every day, resulting in death?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    I’m not referring to drug overdoses, car crashes or heart attacks. On average, 22 veterans commit suicide — every day — in the United States.

    Think about it. That’s almost one death each hour of the day!

    These suicides are often a result of physical or psychological injuries our soldiers bring home after serving our country in war zones. 

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

     Autumn: Time to go to the beach! The sun isn’t as brutal as it tends to be in the summer, and it finally has started cooling off. Our Atlantic and Gulf Coast beaches are fantastic for a holiday — so many things to do and see, and don’t forget to take along your wildflower guide.

     

  • Beef Wellington variations make easy but fancy meals

     My first taste of Beef Wellington was at a fancy restaurant back in my younger days and I can still remember the elegant presentation and, of course, the fantastic taste. The dish is an English preparation of beef tenderloin coated with pâté (often pâté de foie gras) and duxelles (a mixture of onions and mushrooms), which is then wrapped in puff pastry and baked.

    I wrote about this dish last month, but wanted to revisit it with some additional recipes.

     

  • Food safety month

     In recognition of September as National Food Safety Month, I have two quick questions for you. What do you think — are these statements true or false?

    1.     Salmonella is the most common foodborne illness.

    2.     More people get sick from chicken than from any other food.