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Today's News

  • Oak Island art show winners

    The 16th annual Arts by the Shore art show took place at the Oak Island Recreation Center Nov. 19-21.

    The reception and awards ceremony on Sunday, Nov. 21, was hosted by Roger Tatum, president of the Oak Island Art Guild; Joyce Grazetti, chairman of the Oak Island Art Guild ABTS Committee; and Billie Jayroe, representative of Oak Island Parks & Recreation. The show was co-sponsored by the Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks & Recreation.

  • Consider donations to nonprofits this holiday season

     “Gift to a nonprofit this holiday season” is the message being sent by Cynthia Tart, CIS executive director, to the community.

    According to a Harris Interactive Study conducted on gift giving, 84 percent of people prefer to receive a gift that benefits someone else instead of a traditional present. Consider making donations in the names of friends and family members in lieu of purchasing presents this holiday season. 

  • Ruffner-Thompkins engagement

    Ruffner-Thompkins

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lee Ann Ruffner and Chris Thompkins, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Leslie and Laura Ruffner of Greensburgh, Pa. The prospective groom is the son of Tommy and Patricia Thompkins of Hope Mills. A June 18 wedding is planned at Sunset Beach.

  • Tips on gardening for N.C. newcomers

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Humid weather, high rainfall and nutrient-deficient soils are just a few of the challenges you might face as a gardener new to Brunswick County, but North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension specialists and agents agree there are also upsides to gardening here.

    If you recently moved to North Carolina and want to start a garden, you need to forget everything you know about gardening. No longer can you stick a plant in the ground and expect it to grow.

    Clay and sand

  • Celebrate the poinsettia

    By Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

    It’s that time of year again to celebrate and consume a great deal of food. Time to hang those lights, decorate those Christmas trees and shop until we drop. Work in the garden has started to wind down. Some days of winter can be dreary and cold. 

  • An early cold spell

    If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t habla the Español. Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low in the last week or so. What does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is, “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine. 

  • Community briefs

    Free meal on Christmas Day

    Free hot Christmas meals will be served on Christmas Day, Dec. 25, from 12-2 p.m. at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte. 

    The meals are for anyone in need of a meal on Christmas Day. 

    Faith Building Missions will also provide free socks with meals while supplies last. 

    If you or someone you know is in need of a meal, make plans to attend. Anyone interested in delivering meals throughout the community should call 755-6888.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Dec. 13

    Beef tips/gravy/noodles, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 14

    Sloppy Joe/bun, corn, turnip greens, applesauce, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 15

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, blacked-eyed peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 16

  • Slow-cooked hunter’s stew uses many cuts of meat, vegetables

    When the temperature dips into the 30s and 40s this time of year, it’s time to start thinking about making some good, slow-simmered stew on the stove.

    Using a combination of small cuts of meat (beef, pork, veal or lamb) along with various vegetables of your liking, and then placing them in a large covered pot and simmering them in a seasoned liquid for a long period of time would probably constitute being called a stew.

  • Don’t miss the disappearing Full Cold Moon on Dec. 20

    Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Planetarium Director

    Now you see it, now you don’t. Watch the moon this month and you will see it disappear right before your very own eyes. No special effects or camera tricks are needed. It is just Earth blocking the sun’s light from reaching the moon. The name given to this full moon is the Full Cold Moon, and during the night of this particular moon, there will be a total lunar eclipse for everyone to enjoy.