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Today's News

  • Religion briefs

    Church plans spring revival

    Greater Tabernacle Church of Longwood will be having its spring revival March 16-18 at 7:30 p.m. nightly. The Rev. Garry R. Kerr of the First Baptist Church of Hephzibah, Ga. will be the guest preacher each night. Various guest choirs will render the music.

    Cathy S. Moore is the pastor at Greater Tabernacle Church of Longwood, 683 Longwood Road in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Lecture set at St. Brendan

  • Firewise landscaping in North Carolina

    In 1993, a wildfire in a dry canyon of Laguna Beach, Ca., raced toward hundreds of nearby homes, giving residents little warning. More than 14,000 acres and 440 homes went up in flames. In a nearby neighborhood, 286 homes were totally destroyed. One home was left standing in the midst of hundreds of piles of ash. Why did this one home survive? The surviving house was built with fire prevention in mind and it worked. 

  • Native plants: What grows here?

    Native plants are those that were growing in a particular area prior to European settlement. North Carolina has a wide variety of native plants because of our diverse landscape of coastal plains, swamps, piedmonts and mountain areas.

    Native plants aren’t just for people who have acreage to devote to restoring prairies. There are many reasons to consider using native plants in your home landscape. 

  • Choose vegetables with maximum nutrition

    There are two important vegetable facts to remember: 1) They are packed with great taste and good nutrition; and 2) few Americans get the full benefit of vegetable nutrition, because most of us do not eat enough. 

    Kids need a cup of veggies a day, while adults need 2-1/2 to 3 cups daily. Get some vegetable power in your life by trying them a variety of forms. 

    Choose fresh vegetables

  • If you’re going to eat shrimp, know the best way to peel them

    Over the years, I’ve always enjoyed making shrimp scampi, a combination of fresh shrimp, garlic and butter cooked with a little white wine and lemon juice. This classic dish is probably the most popular of the many, many shrimp dishes and is no doubt one of the easiest to make.

    But before we can even start making this delicious entrée, the shrimp will have to be peeled. Boiled or uncooked, if you’re going to eat shrimp, you need to know the best way to peel them.

    In the shell or not?

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, March 21

    Chicken and dumplings, lima beans, peaches, Jell-O, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, March 22

    Baked pork chop/gravy, corn casserole, turnip greens, pears, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, March 23

    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, sugar cookies, grape juice, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, March 24

  • Here kitty, kitty...three cats playing with the moon

    Look low in the eastern sky, and then pan the sky upward until you are looking at the top of the sky. There is a lion, a baby lion and a wildcat.

    On March 16, the moon will be just in front of the lion. On March 17, the moon will be under his front paws. On March 18, the moon is touching his tail. On the day of the big scary moon that some say will wreak havoc on Earth because of it being closer to us than it has been for 18 years, the moon will be right over a cup and looking like the game “ball-in-a-cup.”

  • Community briefs

    Artists win awards at show

    Local artists garnered the top awards at Franklin Square Gallery’s spring art show, its opening event of the season, at an evening reception during Southport’s First Friday Gallery Walk on March 4.

    Wilmington artist Terry Rosenfelder took the top prize in two-dimensional art with his painting, “Fallen Warrior.” Joe Jeffcoat of Jeffcoat Pottery in Calabash won first place:  in the three-dimensional division with his “Pitcher with Ash.”

  • Sometimes getting public access is more difficult than it should be

    I cut my journalism teeth working in a small, rural Kentucky community where generations of my family were born, went to school, worked and died.

    I rarely went out without having to talk about my last name, what part of the county I lived in and where I grew up. 

  • Celebrating Sunshine Week and your right to know

    Would you be OK never knowing why Brunswick County Department of Social Services Director Jamie Orrock was fired, even though thousands of taxpayer dollars have since been spent on related matters?

    What if Brunswick County government fired DSS-appointed attorney Gary Shipman and you never knew about it? Would you have been outraged to find out weeks, months or maybe even years later how much money he was expecting the county to pay him post-termination?