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Today's News

  • Club news

    Newcomers to meet Oct. 20

    The next meeting of the Brunswick Newcomers Club (BNC) will be Wednesday, Oct.  20, at the Southport Community Center, 223 E. Bay St. (between Bay and Moore streets). The meeting will begin at 9:30 a.m. with coffee and refreshments followed by the formal meeting at 10 a.m.

  • Religion briefs

    Friendship plans homecoming

    Friendship Baptist Church, 2546 Ash-Little River Road in Ash, will celebrate homecoming at 10 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 17. Dinner will be served following the service.

    Trinity UMC plans fall festival

    The annual fall festival at Trinity United Methodist Church, on the corner of Nash and Atlantic streets in Southport, will be from 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 6.

  • The church was alive with the sound of music

    It had rained with biblical proportions for days. Roads were washed out...yards were flooded. Pools of standing rain could be seen everywhere. Local meteorologists repeatedly urged people to refrain from using the highways and byways. The clarion call was “stay home.” However, a workshop and concert offered by an internationally renowned musician, liturgist and songwriter had long been planned and organized. 

  • Free tax help available from AARP

    AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free volunteer run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers in Brunswick County for tax counseling and electronic filing of returns.

    Tax-Aide helps low and moderate income taxpayers at six sites in the county, including Leland, Boiling Spring Lakes, Southport, Oak Island, Shallotte and Calabash. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not have to be a member of AARP to volunteer.

  • Wag Shag set for Oct. 24 at Sea Trail

    Paws-Ability’s third annual Wag Shag is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    Paws-Ability founder Janie Withers is promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

    In fact, she says, it is the largest social event for canines and their humans in the state.

    Wag Shag “has grown to be quite the social event for dogs to see and be seen this year,” Withers says, adding it allows attendees—both canine and human—to come decked out in their Halloween finery.

  • Smith-Garrett wedding

    Pauline Harris Smith and David D. Garrett, both of Shallotte, were married Oct. 2 in a private ceremony in Sunset Beach.

    Elder Charles Bryant Sr. officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Paul Harris Sr. of New Bern. The groom is the son of Brenda Garrett of Manning, S.C.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father.

    Contina Bryant of Navassa, a friend of the bride, served as matron of honor.

  • Fire ants may follow flooding

    Due to the vast amounts of rain, we will be blessed with an abundance of fire ants. As things dry out and we maintain moderate temperatures in many areas of the state, we are likely to see the late season fire ant mounds showing up.

  • Fall irrigation manipulation

    Shorter days and cooler temperatures have finally arrived. We don’t have to mow as much because the grass is slowing down. Trees and shrubs are losing their leaves and getting prepared for the winter dormant period. And, sports fans are enjoying the baseball playoffs leading up to the grand finale—the World Series.

    Somewhere between watching the boys of October and trying to figure out the craziness that is the Bowl Championship Series, you need to give your irrigation system a bit of attention. 

  • Senior site menus

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

    Monday, Oct. 18

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, pears, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Oct. 19

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, turnip greens, applesauce, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Oct. 20

    Ham and macaroni casserole, peas and carrots, fruit cocktail, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Oct. 21

  • Hungarian paprika adds flavor and aroma to many soup dishes

    With our weather beginning to cool down into autumn, I start thinking about flavorful and hearty soups that are perfect for this time of the year. 

    Though not really a soup, I also enjoy making goulash and especially, paprikash. My favorite is chicken paprikash, a traditional Hungarian soup or stew made primarily with bone-in chicken, onions, chicken stock and plenty of paprika. Paprikash is slow-cooked on the stove along with a pot of potato dumplings or noodles and a platter of Hungarian pickled peppers along with a loaf of crusty home baked bread.