Today's News

  • Master Gardener classes

    Master Gardener class begins Feb. 8

    The Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will offer its popular Master Gardener Volunteer Program beginning Feb. 8. This program is designed to teach home gardeners the basics of horticulture for coastal North Carolina.

  • Stop vegetable-destroying diseases before they start

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

    North Carolina’s climate is perfect for growing many vegetables. It’s also the perfect place for plant-destroying diseases but there are things home gardeners can do to protect their bounty.

  • Surviving the holidays and all their goodies

    By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    When holiday goodies are the focus of every event from cookie exchanges to parties, the world can feel like an endless nutrition minefield. Paired with all the eating and drinking, there’s plenty of unrealistic holiday health advice from all sorts of “experts.”

  • Protect your plants when the temperatures drop

    Susan Brown
    County Extension

    The weather outside is frightful. The nighttime temperatures are unbearable. Even the day temperatures are less than desirable lately. If we don’t even want to be outside, think of how our plants must feel.

  • Is it possible to have flowers during the cold winter months?

    As a person who needs to be outside at least part of every day, cold weather always darkens my mood. I know they have pills for that (thank you, Lexapro), but if you’re not into better living through chemistry, another way to brighten a cold winter day is with plants that bloom now. 

  • Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Dec. 27

    Closed for holidays.

    Tuesday, Dec. 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, grape juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29

    Turkey tettrazini, field peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 30

    Salisbury steak/gravy, whipped potatoes, carrots, apple juice, cake with icing, hamburger bun/margarine, beverage.

    Friday, Dec. 31

  • Christmas dinner traditions are celebrated throughout the world

    Adults and kids alike look forward to that customary Christmas dinner of roast turkey garnished with chestnuts, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Afterward, we all enjoy those homemade cookies and other delectable sweets.

    Food is an integral part of any celebration and, of course, Christmas is no different. Most every country has its own Christmas dinner traditions but the food served differs from country to country.

    The classic turkey dinner is also a traditional dish in Canada and England.

  • Hero on the rise, the Northern Cross

    By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    In the eastern sky, right after dark, a hero is rising and soon will take his place as the ruler of the early evening winter sky. 

    At the same time, over in the west, a cross adorns the sky a symbol of the present season. As the sun’s light fades away, the early evening’s darkness reveals two groups of stars in the shape of a cross and a bright rectangle. The weather is reflecting winter and so are the stars.

  • Community briefs

    Foodmaker class begins Jan. 22

    Learn how to lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve immune system and eat to fuel your body on a Total Food Makeover program at New Beginnings Church on Jan. 22. There will be weekly accountability meetings to keep you on track every Monday night for three months.

    Contact Family First Chiropractic at familyfirstchiro@atmc.net.

    NBHS class plans reunion

  • Yes, Virginia there is a Santa Claus

    Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

    “Dear Editor: I am 8 years old.