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Today's News

  • The pumpkin bread event

    Did you ever notice that trouble comes in bunches? In a young struggling family, the washing machine will break and the transmission in the truck will fall out the week before Christmas. A middle-aged woman will need a root canal just when her mother is scheduled for a hip replacement.  

    Ten days before Christmas, I experienced a profoundly exasperating series of events. It was the pumpkin bread that started it all. 

  • Sports briefs

    Bowl Challenge at Planet Fun

    The Brunswick Beacon ACC Basket-BOWL Challenge will have a meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 6 at Planet Fun. The eight-week bowling league begins 7 p.m. Jan. 13. The championship team of four bowlers wins four tickets to the ACC Basketball Tournament March 10-13 in Greensboro. The cost is $13 per week. Call (910) 755-2386 for more information.

    Youth tennis lessons set

  • ATMC presents staff service awards

    ATMC recently honored its staff and board of directors at the cooperative’s 34th annual service awards banquet attended by more than 200 guests in the Carolina Ballroom at Sea Trail Golf Resort & Conference Center.

    Allen Russ, CEO/general manager, and Lyle Ray King, board president, presented the awards. 

  • Religion briefs

    Church to host soup cook-off

    The north area Coastal Samaritan Counseling Center’s second annual soup cook-off will be from 4-7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, in the Life Center at Little River United Methodist Church, 1629 U.S. 17 N in Little River, S.C.

    Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for children 4-12 years old and free for children younger than 3 years old.

  • Club news briefs

    Brunswick DAR to meet Jan. 12

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Jan. 12 in the fellowship hall at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 East Nash St. in Southport. Organized on Jan. 30 1976 by Mrs. Lewis W. Bowlin, the chapter will be celebrating 35 years of service.

  • Be it resolved that I am unresolved

    I am usually a decisive person. A classical “J” on the Myers Briggs indicator, I make and then check off lists of things I need to do should do and want to do. I am a happy camper when my list is complete and all deeds are done, but come New Year’s Day with its call for resolutions to be accomplished during the upcoming 12 months, I balk. 

  • January is an excellent time to think about landscape design

    By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener

    January is here to show you the “bare bones” of your landscape design. Gone are all the wonderful distractions of overflowing hanging baskets, profuse blossoms and lush herbaceous plants. What you see now is the framework of your gardens. Now you can really see the basic structure of your landscape and make plans for any changes you deem necessary.

  • Culinary herb gardening

    By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    These days with the struggling economy, people are looking for ways to save money. One way to cut corners is to grow your own food. It might actually be the first time you could answer questions like where was your food grown, what type of soils and fertilizers were used in its production and were any pesticides or fungicides applied to the plant material? 

  • Start the year by enjoying the benefits of nuts, seeds

    By Melissa Hight
    Brunswick County Extension

    Nuts and seeds are powerhouses of both nutrition and taste. Packed safely in their own natural shells, nuts and seeds are nutrient-rich because they contain everything that a new plant needs to grow: energy, protein, vitamins, minerals  and ‘good’ fats, such as heart-healthy omega-3 and monounsaturated fatty acids. The following ideas provide some ways you can enjoy nuts every day of the year:

    Vary the types of nuts and seeds

  • Weeds and the silly season

    I was listening to meteorologist Joe Bastardi on the radio several days ago talking about the cold December on the East Coast. He said this pattern repeats itself every 11 years based on sunspot activity. I do seem to remember that December 1999 was pretty cold, but December 1988 was too long ago for my synapses to fire on that. Whatever the reason, it looks like December will be either the coldest or the second coldest on record.