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Today's Features

  • Volunteers needed for oyster shell bagging
    The Coastal Federation and the town of Oak Island are in need of volunteers for an oyster shell bagging all-day event at Waterway Park on Oak Island on Aug. 14.

  • Whenever you can’t think of what to prepare for your evening meal, do you instinctively grab the phone to order some Chinese take-out food? If you do, why not try making some Chinese take-out at home? It’s a lot easier to prepare than you might think.
    You don’t need a lot of special cookware or fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t even need to own a wok. Just use any frying pan (the deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.
    Use items in your pantry

  • Thursday, Aug. 2
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • SHALLOTTE—While Shallotte’s two national TV stars didn’t make it into the finals of the new show “Picked Off,” they now own a Hitler-skunk bank and are in the process of purchasing a jukebox.

    On Wednesday, July 25, Justin Ward and John Pettry, Shallotte firemen and EMTs, appeared on the History Channel’s “Picked Off” wearing their Shallotte Honor Guard shirts.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is ready for more community events now that county water line installation is complete.

    The center, which opened in December, had been restricted to having classes and other BCC-sponsored events until water lines were installed, SBIC director Gaye Varnam Fulford said.

    The facility has gotten the go-ahead from the fire marshal and is now fully operational, according to BCC officials.

  • “General Hospital” star Laura Wright has scheduled a special appearance Sunday, Aug. 5, at Martini’s restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Wright and her husband, John, will introduce wines from their family-owned winery, Standing Sun in California.

    Wright’s brother, Jeff Sisk, is chef and operator of Martini’s.

    Wright, who plays Carley on “General Hospital,” will be available for free autographs and free pictures.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It blows, it flows, and can be quite a hair-raising experience.

    In the midst of the season, a new hurricane simulator has descended on Ingram Planetarium.

    For just $2 a pop, visitors can enter the eye of the storm inside the dome of the simulator set up inside the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall.

    The simulator’s hurricane-force winds are predicted to reach 70-plus-per-hour, described as an “incredible blast of fun.”

    The simulated storm lasts about 60 seconds.

  • The Cooperative Council of North Carolina hosted its 2012 Leadership Camp June 18-22 at the North Carolina FFA Center at White Lake.
    Sponsored by ATMC, John Bernheisel of Bolivia, Janzen Jones of Southport and Savanna Michaux of Oak Island were chosen to attend this year’s camp.
    The leadership camp is an educational, five-day resident camping program consisting of speakers, workshops, recreation and small group sessions with special emphasis on how cooperatives operate and how to develop leadership skills.

  • In the tradition of Food Network’s varying competitions, 4-H youth took part in a three-day camp to train them for the inaugural 4-H Super Shamrock Chef Challenge.
    Planning started in January with a group of Extension staff and volunteers meeting, discussing and planning the camp. Campers were taught cooking techniques, nutritional values, food safety, shopping, budgeting and much more.
    Three teams were compiled, consisting of four youth and one teen. “Learn By Doing” was the motto for the week.

  • By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician