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Today's News

  • Crowley reflects on legendary officiating career

     For 35 years, Mickey Crowley ran up and down the basketball court as a referee, officiating in some of the biggest college basketball games in the country.

    Now, the 83-year-old sits in his Carolina room at his home in Crow Creek and watches a squirrel run back and forth in the backyard.

    Crowley, a native of Queens, N.Y., is a member of six halls of fame and is widely regarded as one of the best college basketball officials of all time.

  • West to compete in national beauty pageant

     

  • What is this mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    “I'm as corny as Kansas in August ...”

                                    Nellie Forbush in South Pacific, lyrics by O. Hammerstein

     

    Well, it’s not August yet, and this plant is not exactly corn. But it’s close.

  • Eye of round is the easiest roast you’ll ever cook

    Once again, it’s time for a refresher course for cooking one of my favorite cuts of meat. It has been by far the most requested recipe from readers of this column, but many are still unsure of the cooking temperature and time.

    An eye of round roast is roasted at 475 degrees and takes a very tough piece of meat and makes it really tender and delicious. A recipe with few ingredients, it’s probably the easiest roast you'll ever cook.

  • Joining Mack in 'The Shack'

    I had read William Paul Young’s book, “The Shack,” when it was first published, finding it an easy read. In honesty, I was not terrifically impressed with its theological underpinnings and found the story line rather fantastical. However, loads of people were touting its praise. Weeks on the New York Times best seller list and more than 20 million sales would add doubt to the validity of my first impression. Then came the movie, which I have yet to view, bearing additional erosion of my original conviction.

  • Are you too comfortable in your comfort zone?

    By Linda Arnold

     

    “Scary equals aliveness.”

    I saw this quote on a poster awhile back — with a picture of a skydiver. Although I didn’t feel the need to go out and try skydiving, I’ll admit the quote had an effect on me.

  • Why clean pet food matters for your dog

    Perhaps my favorite pet health trend is the push toward clean pet foods. For decades, it’s been challenging for both veterinarians and pet parents to decipher pet food labels and determine what is (or isn’t) in the bag or can. I’m excited to see pet food companies address these concerns by pledging to support “clean labels” and providing increased transparency on ingredients. This subtle shift matters because clean pet food and easy-to-read labels are important for your dog’s health and energy, and your peace of mind.     

  • Facts about freezing bread

    For the past couple of weeks in this column I’ve been talking about freezing foods and how to keep it from developing freezer burn and off-flavors. But one food I haven’t specifically talked about is bread. I bet everyone has at one time or another thrown a loaf of bread directly into the freezer in the store wrapper and then wondered what happened when you took it out a few weeks or months later. It was crumbly, dry, tasted a lot like the “freezer” and was basically inedible.

  • Sweltering summer heat has varying effects on plants

    Glen Frey of Eagles fame had a song on the original “Beverly Hills Cop” movie soundtrack called “The Heat Is On.” More than 30 years have passed since its 1984 release and we just recently lost Mr. Frey. Who would have known that Axel Foley, Eddie Murphy’s beat-up Chevy Nova-driving Detroit cop character, would become so iconic? And, a few thought Mr. Murphy had already reached the pinnacle of his movie career so early.

    What does any of that have to do with gardening? Absolutely nothing. But, the heat surely has been on lately.

  • Brunswick County Schools bestow 2016-17 recognitions

    Brunswick County Schools recently released their list of teachers of the year, instructional assistants of the year, rookies of the year and finalists for special district awards. Schools are listed alphabetically.

    Belville Elementary School

    Teacher of the Year: Christopher Shepard

    Rookie of the Year: Amber Colon

    Instructional Assistant of the Year: Debra Watson

    Bolivia Elementary School

    Teacher of the Year: Kristen Scott

    Rookie of the Year: David King