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Today's News

  • Salaam, shalom, peace to all...that is our cry for justice

    The day dawned gray and chilly, a portent of winter’s proximity. It was also a reminder that we often enter a state of gray chilliness when confronted with folks who do not share our culture, heritage, educational and life experience.

  • Ocean Isle Beach hosts community forum

    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach’s final community forum of the year was Monday night.

    Four times a year Ocean Isle Beach commissioners, mayor and town staff invite the public to forums. During the meetings the public is asked to share ideas and discuss concerns with the board. The board takes no formal action during the forums.

    “We are here to listen to your concerns and suggestions,” said Debbie Smith, mayor. “Tell us what is on your mind.”

  • Volunteers honored for work with museum, planetarium

    Volunteers at the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium were honored on Oct. 25 at the annual volunteer recognition luncheon at the museum, attended by more than 85 volunteers. Special awards were presented to the following individuals for their outstanding service during the past year:
    Museum Volunteer of the Year: Cookie Rance; Planetarium Volunteer of the Year: John Misiaszek; Volunteer Lifetime Achievement: Sue McCann; Museum Rookie of the Year: Anne Neely; and Planetarium Rookies of the Year: Amy and Alex Sludds.

  • A teen's self-esteem should be worth more than your monthly sales goals

    It has been a while since I was 15 years old, but this weekend I was reminded of the trials of being a teen.

    At 15 years old, I was awkward. I had acne. I was shy. I was anxious about my appearance. I was scared to talk to boys. I was a typical 15-year-old girl.

    Anyone who has been 15 understands it is not an easy age. One would hope adults would have compassion toward issues facing a 15-year-old.

  • County Extension briefs

    Master Gardeners plan classes
    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. The class provides the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in coastal North Carolina.

  • More than just fried green tomatoes

    Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center

  • Golden Corral Shallotte bound

    SHALLOTTE—More buffet dreams are back on the table as Golden Corral moves forward with plans to open in Shallotte.

    Earlier this year Golden Corral looked into a site for business in the Westpark Plaza commercial subdivision along Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) between Harley Davidson Drive and St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church.

    The project ran into several speed bumps, and plans for the final plat were never presented to Shallotte alderman for approval. It appeared the project was not going to happen.

  • Controlling fire ants

    Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Fire ants can ruin picnics and football games. Treating fire ant colonies in the fall can help edge out future colonies, lessening the likelihood they’ll steal your chips or nip at your toes.
    Fire ant colonies have been growing through the summer and have reached their peak size. Attacking those colonies now will help next spring when they start to swarm again. Fire ants are easier to kill in the fall for four main reasons:

  • Microgreens can be grown all winter

    Microgreens are edible greens that range in size somewhere between sprouts and mature salad crops. They are easy to grow, fast and delicious. Some examples of microgreens include: arugula, beets, cabbage, carrots, chard, kale, kohlrabi, mustard and peas.

  • Spinach, whether fresh or frozen, is a most versatile vegetable

    Everyone knows spinach is good for you, but we seem to underuse it quite a bit. Spinach contains a powerhouse of nutrients, so why not use it more often?
    The best spinach is usually found in the farmers market rather than the produce section of a regular grocery store. When fresh spinach is not available, why not try using one of the cheapest items at the grocery store? Boxed frozen spinach. The frozen chopped versions are a bit more versatile than the leafy kind, but if you really love the leafy variety, then go with it.