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Today's News

  • Students graduate, get honors at UNCG

    The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has announced 2,148 students received degrees, including 1,471 undergraduates and 677 graduate degrees, at its May 16 commencement ceremonies.

  • Local couple participates in Rotary exchange program

    They walked through ornate gardens, saw rolling pastures where sheep and horses roamed and visited centuries-old churches. Every day, they dined on tea with scones, jam and heavy cream with the locals and learned about their traditions.

    Their recent trip to Taunton in Somerset County, England, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for George Wong-Chong and Mari-Lou Wong-Chong of Holden Beach, mainly because it wasn’t a typical sightseeing excursion.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Sea Pals allow children to create a virtual aquarium

    Kids ran through Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach trying to get a fish or a lobster or even a shark. But these sea creatures weren’t real—they were plush. They were being raffled off every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the national launch of Sea Pals, a new product by Applause from Russ.

    More than 1,000 children and their parents participated in the launch Sea Pals are sea-themed finger puppets that have an online code that allows the consumer to access a Web site and create a virtual aquarium for their sea creature.

  • Photo contest focuses on aquatic life

    Grab your camera and dive into the North Carolina Aquariums’ photo contest. The annual competition for amateur and non-professional photographers puts the focus on the state’s diverse aquatic life.

    Images from the waters off North Carolina’s coast or within the state’s freshwater system can be entered in “Underwater Open” or “Underwater Close-ups,” depending on the scene depicted. Don’t do the deep sea? Stay high and dry while snapping shots for the “Aquatic Life in the Aquariums” category.

  • Insects and diseases, part II: Disease can catch up with tomatoes

    Tomatoes are a favorite of America’s home gardeners. They taste great and also are good for you. What a perfect food. No fat and lots of vitamins C and A. Tomatoes were once known as “love apples” because they were thought to be an aphrodisiac, but at my age, that would be a terrible waste of a juicy, red tomato fresh-picked from the garden.

  • Good and bad can be found in the garden

    One of the fun things about gardening is that it’s never the same from one year to the next. There are always things that work really well and others that just don’t turn out the way we expected. Here’s my mid-summer update on some of the good and bad in my garden this year:

  • How to maintain and groom your garden in July

    Questions are coming in from gardeners concerned about weeds in their landscape, bugs in their bushes and diseases creeping up on garden plants.

    This is a time when plants are maximizing all their growth processes and this can put the plants under stress due to the heat and drought we are still facing.

    Because the heat wave is upon us, be careful when you are outside in this kind of weather. Take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital.

    Here are a few things to do and to be looking for:

  • Handle eggs safely to prevent the spread of bacteria

    Eggs can be a part of a healthy diet; however, they are perishable just like raw meat, poultry and fish. Some eggs may contain salmonella bacteria, which can cause food borne illness. Follow storage, handling and cooking guidelines to prevent most egg safety problems.

    Don’t eat raw or undercooked eggs

    This includes “health food” milk shakes with raw eggs, Caesar salad, hollandaise sauce and any other foods like homemade mayonnaise, ice cream or eggnog made from recipes in which the raw egg ingredients are not cooked.

  • Gordon birth

    Kiersten and Brendan Gordon of Supply are the parents of twins, Harper Elizabeth Gordon and Kennedy Suzanna Gordon, born at 2:57 p.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    Harper Elizabeth weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 17 inches long. Kennedy Suzanna weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 16 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Don and Judy Luff of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Teresa and Bob Bradbury of Frederick Md., and Joseph and Elizabeth Gordon of Urbana, Md.

    Great-grandparents are Edwin and Elizabeth Hahn of Sunset Beach.