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Today's News

  • Bountiful bark

    By Susan Brown
    Brunswick County Extension

    Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes. Evergreen trees and shrubs are a good choice to liven up a winter landscape. It is not hard to find a variety that will suit your needs.

  • Garden winners and losers in 2010

    This politically correct world we live in doesn’t like to pick winners and losers, but life is all about winning some and losing some—even in the garden. Here are my picks of several winning performers in the garden for 2010.

  • Community briefs

    BLT to have ‘Doubt’ auditions

    Brunswick Little Theatre will conduct open auditions for John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt” at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 9, and 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 10, at Playhouse 211, 4320-100 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211), across from BEMC between Supply and Southport.

    Show dates will be April 1-3 and 8-10.

    The cast consists of three females (one African American) and one male, ages 30-50’ish. Actors may request sides prior to auditions by contacting Pete McLintock at 540-7383.

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Jan. 3

    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, Italian green beans, pineapple tidbits, Jell-O, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Jan. 4

    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, peas/carrots, fresh fruit-—orange, cranberry sauce, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Jan. 5

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

    Thursday, Jan. 6

  • Fresh pearl onions add to the flavor and texture of any dish

    Many of us, myself included, have avoided buying pearl onions because of the thought of peeling all those little suckers. But to my surprise, once you have learned how to peel them, you’ll be amazed at how easy it really is. And, it’s worth the effort, because they really are delectable.

    Start by putting the onions in a pan of boiling water and allow them to boil for a couple minutes. Then, drain them in a colander. 

  • Calabash VFW blood drive Jan. 6

    The New Year brings a continuing need for donated blood, and Calabash VFW Post 7288 is hosting an American Red Cross blood drive on Thursday, Jan. 6, from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m. to try to satisfy that need.

    The Post is located at 900 Carter Drive, and donors who wish to make an appointment to donate or have other questions may call (910) 579-3577.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosures- Things you may not know about foreclosures

    If you are facing foreclosure, here are a few steps from best-case scenario to worst to save your home:

    1)    Request a loan modification

    2)    Make a whole sale

    3)    Utilize a short sale

    4)    Deed in lieu of foreclosure

    5)    Foreclosure

     

    Inside information most people don’t know:

    •The 800 number on a past due bill takes the caller to a lender’s collection department

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The job: No one wants to be the bearer of bad news

    Snakes, poison ivy, tears, cursing, barking dogs, people hiding: It’s all in a day’s work for the bearer of bad news.

    “I have had everything happen from being cussed, yelled and screamed at to people thanking me and others who want to talk,” said Brunswick County Deputy Chris Powell. “You never know what kind of reaction you are going to get.”

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - The future of real estate

    Predicting the future of the real estate industry is a challenge. No one knows when the industry will recover. One thing agreed upon is it will never be the same.

    “The landscape of real estate has changed,” said Realtor Martha Lee. “It took us a long time to get here and it’s going to take a long time to get out. Things need to change for the good of all.”

    2010 was the year of foreclosures in Brunswick County, breaking previous records in the number filed. 2011 is forecast to be much of the same.

  • Stories that shaped 2010: Foreclosure - Tips for saving your home from foreclosure

    It was your dream…now it’s your nightmare.

    When you find yourself in the position of losing your home, where do you turn? Who can you trust to give you solid advice?

    The Brunswick County Clerk of Superior Court’s office isn’t permitted to give advice; it can only explain the process. Most people are in a financial crisis and can’t afford to spend money to seek advice, so where do you turn?