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Today's News

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC plans services

    On Sunday, Dec. 19, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ sermon on the fourth Sunday of Advent will be “Average Joe?” based on scripture from Matthew 1:18-25.

    The 8 a.m. casual service and the 11 a.m. traditional service will be in the sanctuary. Worship, the Trinity praise team, will lead the contemporary service at 9:30 a.m. in Murrow Hall. The Turning Pointe Worship Dancers will perform at all services.

  • Let’s take a new look at Christmas giving

    We’re nearly there. There’s a full-court press in the media urging folks to take advantage of deals and sales. It is an explicit and implicit statement that presents will somehow indicate presence. Gifts will be the overt expression of love. And, there is truth in it all...but not complete truth, not the fullness of reality. 

    Yes, giving is good for the giver and the receiver. The question is what do we wish to give, to leave, to offer as a lasting memory of our connectedness to each other, our love for each other? 

  • Madison birth

    Tim and Veronica Madison of Shallotte are the parents of a son, Ethan Glen Madison, born at 12:02 p.m. Nov. 29 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center and weighing 9 pounds, 8 ounces.

    He joins a sister, Veronica Brooke Madison, 5.

    Maternal grandparent is Ann Maresca.

    Paternal grandparents are John T. and Evelyn Madison of Shallotte.

  • Home Tour benefits museum, planetarium

    The Island Home Tour and Island Good Time was a success, according to event organizers. More than 250 people came out to support the annual fundraiser for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation’s two facilities: the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.

  • How to grow, care for the Confederate rose

    Tom Woods 
    Master Gardener

    Donald Adams of Oak Island provided much of the information in this article on how to propagate, grow and enjoy the Confederate rose.

    The time is approaching when it is time to take cuttings. After frost and cold temperatures end the flowering season for the beautiful Confederate rose (Hibiscus Mutabilis), the plant should be cut back to approximately 4 inches above the ground. 

  • Prepare your own food to control your sodium intake

    Melissa Hight
    County Extension Service

    Trying to lower your blood pressure or reduce your sodium intake? If you read food labels, you will see most prepared and processed food items are full of sodium. Why not try preparing your own favorite dishes and season them with herbs? With a little creativity, you’ll get great flavor, less sodium and a healthier meal.

    How much seasoning do you use?

  • Enjoying Christmas cacti

    Susan Brown
    Horticulture Extension Agent

  • Growing old man’s beard

    One of my favorite things to do is visit plant nurseries. It’s always fascinating to see the innovations and all of the great plants. And, the people are some of the best folks around. It’s even more fun when I get introduced to a new, or just improved, plant. In recent weeks, I have seen a new selection of Shantung maple and an improvement of our native fringe tree or Old Man’s Beard.

  • Senior menus

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

    Monday, Dec. 20

    Pot roast au jus, brown rice, okra/tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Dec. 21

    Italian beef/shells, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 22

    Pork chop/gravy, rice pilaf, succotash, fresh fruit-apple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 23

    Closed for holidays.

    Friday, Dec. 24

  • It’s time to enjoy the holiday tradition of Christmas cookies

    One of the more popular holiday traditions is baking Christmas cookies. But for most of us, time is in short demand during the holiday rush, and this family tradition can sometimes turn into a major chore.