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Today's News

  • A good deed and a mystery

    Carolyn Morris spent 26 years in special operations in the U.S. Army. She’s been stationed around the country and around the world, seeing and experiencing things most of us don’t want to imagine.

    She’s been living the retired life in Brunswick County for about three years now, and with all she’s seen, Morris says she didn’t think she could be surprised by anything.

    But about a week and a half ago, she was proven wrong.

  • Tilapia is delicious and inexpensive compared to other fish

    Wild fish resources are shrinking around the world because of over-fishing and pollution, and tilapia (te-la-pe-a) aquaculture is being examined as a great way to help out.

    Unlike many other fish, tilapia can eat almost any kind of plant or microorganism found in water, and thrive in just about any conditions (as long as the water temperature is above 50-degrees. Since tilapia are easy to care for, some fishermen and farmers are looking to the water as a farming resource to be developed.

  • McCabe and Winders receive community college excellence awards

    Savanna Winders and Sherry McCabe, both of Southport, have been selected to represent Brunswick Community College for the North Carolina Community College System Academic Excellence Award, according to a news release.

    The award is a unique opportunity for community colleges to showcase their students and their academic achievements, as well as highlight the work that the colleges do each and every day.

  • World War II liberator reunites with Royal Lipizzaners

    CALABASH—Back when he assisted with the rescue of a team of royal horses during World War II, Julius King Suggs was a few decades younger.

    Little did the corporal in the 42nd Squadron of Gen. George S. Patton’s Third Army know that someday he would be reunited with the offspring of the horses he helped save—the fancy-footed Royal Lipizzaner stallions, right smack at his daughter’s stables on Hickman Road.

  • Holden Beach gets ready to walk the dogs

    Holden Beach will be the place to walk your dog(s) this Saturday, March 29, as the second annual Bark at the Beach celebration and fundraiser unfolds under the Intracoastal Waterway bridge.

    Registration begins at 9 a.m., followed by the walk at 10 a.m. The fee is $20 to walk one dog with a walking buddy. T-shirts also will be available for participants.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing through March 28

    Carl Billingsley, “An Exhibition of Drawings, Model and Maquettes for Large Scale Sculptures,” The Art Gallery in the Cultural Arts Building at UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, contact Carlton Wilkinson, gallery director, Department of Art and Art History University of North Carolina Wilmington, at 962-7958 or via e-mail at wilkinsonc@uncw.edu.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

  • Student artwork to be on display at local gallery now through May 10

    More than 100 high school students will have their work on display at Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery for the 14th annual High School Show running until May 10.

    The gallery’s exhibit chairperson Sue Ernest looks forward to this event.

    “It’s a real treat to display the exciting work done by the students,” she said. “The work is very original and often humorous. It keeps the viewer in touch with the ever-changing world. The art teachers are to be commended.”

  • Landscaping your yard is a step-by-step process

    How do you go about landscaping your yard? Former Extension Specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the Southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought-out planned garden.

  • Watch out for poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac

    Leaves of three, let it be! The single most common cause of allergic reactions in the United States are those nasty plants poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Each year, these plants cause millions of people to contract a skin rash known as “dermatitis.” Learning how to identify the growing habits of each plant in this area is the first step towards prevention of skin rashes.

    Poison Ivy

  • Get started on your spring garden 'honey-do' list

    We’re working on our first full week of spring and that means lots of garden chores showing up on the honey-do list. If you’re still looking for something to do, go ahead and finish the pruning chores, fertilize your shrub beds if they need it and add a bit of fresh mulch, but leave the lawn fertilizer in the bag for now and try to resist the urge to plant summer annuals unless you’re prepared to lose them to a late frost.