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Today's News

  • Leland seeks student representatives for parks and rec board

    The town of Leland has an opportunity for two high school students to serve as student representatives on the town’s parks and recreation board. Students will serve two-year terms and attend monthly board meetings.

    They will have the opportunity to give reports concerning activities and issues affecting young people, report on how they have shared parks information, provide input on board issues, ask questions, serve on subcommittees of interest and represent the board in a number of capacities and at community events.

  • SBA extends disaster assistance application

    The U.S. Small Business Administration has extended the deadline to apply for physical disaster damages from Hurricane Matthew to Jan. 23.

    The deadline extension will help ensure businesses and residents with uninsured losses have the additional time they need to submit their SBA disaster loan applications. SBA has approved more than $77 million in low-interest disaster loans to more than 2,100 North Carolina businesses and residents affected by the disaster.

  • King holiday events set for Jan. 15 and 16

    The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee announced programs and activities for the King Holiday celebration Jan. 15 and 16 in Southport.

    On Sunday, Jan. 15, a Memorial March will begin at 3 p.m. in the parking lot of the ILA Union Hall at 10th and Lord streets in Southport.

  • Back to basics of growing plants

     The end of a tumultuous year has many of us wishing for simpler, and seemingly better, times when we weren’t bombarded with “news” 24/7 and there was no such thing as Twitter, Facebook or selfies. The good, old days may not have been as great as we remember them, but in a time of rampant smart phone addiction, getting back to the basics of life, love and growing plants certainly is appealing.

  • Going gluten-free

     Going gluten-free is something we’re hearing more and more about these days, but it also causes a lot of confusion. You may actually be wondering, “What is gluten anyway?” My husband’s favorite comedian, John Pinette, has a routine where he says, “I don’t know what gluten is but apparently it is delicious.” Well, it isn’t quite as simple as Pinette claims, but there is some truth to that statement.

  • Seven words to drop for more empowerment

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Pop quiz: How often do you catch yourself saying these seven words:

    1.     Should

    2.     Hate

    3.     But

    4.     Try

    5.     Broke/poor

    6.     Yes (always)

    7.     Never

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson 

  • Why are cats' tongues rough?

     Broken glass. Sharkskin. A cat’s tongue. These are things that are sharp and rough. If you’re reading this, chances are one of them is in your house right now, maybe even your lap. It’s probably not a shark.

  • The music of leadership is a song of the heart
  • Using up those leftover sweet potatoes from the holidays

     The holiday season is over, and hopefully you’ve eaten up all those leftovers from those made-way-too-much meals. We’ve all been there. One vegetable in particular seems to be leftover the most: the sweet potato.

    It might not even be from those holiday meals; maybe you just baked some the other day or you have some uncooked ones taking up space in your pantry. Either way, they are still worth saving, of course, but sometimes figuring out how to use them can be a little overwhelming.