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  • Making MyPlate YourPlate

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff Cooperative Extension
    It’s been out almost a month. I really wonder if anyone but people like me who teach nutrition and wellness and a few journalists have paid much attention.
    I’m talking about the new MyPlate nutrition icon. The MyPlate icon is just that—an icon. It’s the latest replacement for the food guide pyramid.

  • Here are tips on how not to kill a tree

    Mechanical damage and improper care kill more trees than any insect or disease. Few residential trees die of old age. Multiple mistakes could lead to stress of a tree and possible death.
    Here are some tips on how not to kill a tree:
    •Do not top trees. Tree heights can be lowered by proper crown reduction that does not stimulate water sprout production. Cutting a tree too severely only promotes entry for diseases and insects.

  • Cross-McDowell engagement

    Announcement is made of the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Breanna Renae Cross and Tony Kevin McDowell, both of Conway, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jeffery G. Cross of Conway, S.C., and Emmalena Allen-Davis of Jackson, Ky. The prospective groom is the son of Willie C. McDowell of Loris, S.C., and Cheryl Stanley-Allen of Conway, S.C. A 6 p.m. July 23 wedding is planned at Conway Country Club in Conway, S.C.
     

  • Religion briefs

    Zion Hill plans men’s program
    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia will host a men’s empowerment program, Men in Black, at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 10. Guest minister will be the Rev. Marcus Gause of Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church in Supply. Musical services will be rendered by The Johnson Family.

  • Healing and curing take time, energy and a great deal of courage

    A few weeks ago, I wrote a column that focused on the difference between healing and curing. Hubby Dear gave his approval and stated readers would surely be affected positively.
    While I believe the column offered an accurate assessment, it is also likely I was whistling in my personal darkness so I would not be afraid.
    I did not want to be drawn into the fearful bleakness that might bring pain in its wake. I did not want to be dragged into the catacombs of medicine where call bells are pushed, promises are made and waiting for results is inevitable.

  • Honoring the best of the best of college sports coaches

    Inspired by “the seeds of patriotism,” Mike Krzyzewski, Dean Smith and Kay Yow each coached USA basketball teams to the gold medal in the Olympics.
    That means their teams beat the best teams in the world. Sherlock Holmes would therefore deduce at that time, they were the best coaches in the world.
    But the trio was honored June 29 not for how much they won but for how they won. They each ran successful collegiate programs for 30-some years with high player graduation rates and without a shred of scandal.

  • Inside the ropes at the U.S. Open

    Most of us watched the fabulous 2011 U.S. Open on our couches with our eyes glued to the television.
    Three of our local people were right there in the middle of it: Ed and Suzanne Gurski of Shallotte and Mike Gildea of Ocean Ridge Plantation. All three were marshals at the Congressional Country Club two weeks ago.   

  • Modern Turf donates grass for First Tee greens

    BY CONNIE HENSLEY
    PUBLIC RELATION TFTBC
    Last Wednesday, the new nine-hole golf course at Cinghiale Creek took another step toward completion. The greens were sprigged by donated grass from Hank Kerfoot through his company, Modern Turf, based in Camden, S.C.

  • King mackerel bite strong

    The king mackerel bite went off this past week, starting on Thursday. It is absolutely crazy how the fishing can be so subpar and then all of a sudden they bite as if they hadn’t eaten in months. In fact, maybe that is what is happening. We have had a lot of strong southwest winds over the past few weeks, and as such the ocean has been rough. In addition, for whatever reason, I have noticed the kings do not like to bite in these conditions.

  • Black drum can salvage a fishing trip

    Summertime fishing is still good, especially in the early morning hours and after sunset. Anglers are catching flounder, pompano, speckled trout, bluefish and black drum.
    Black drum are a chunky, unappreciated species that can save a fishing trip. They are found most often around structures such as bridges, docks, jetties and piers. They rarely venture over sandy stretches of beaches and inlets, and because the overwhelming majority of their diet is made up of shellfish, they congregate around barnacle-encrusted pilings and over oyster beds.