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Today's Features

  • The Brunswick County Senior 4-H Horticulture Judging Team of Darby Dawkins, Carlyn Clark, Tori Norris and Camden Clark won first place in the North Carolina statewide horticulture judging competition at North Carolina State University in Raleigh on May 19. Dawkins also accrued the highest individual score.
    The Horticulture Judging Competition entailed three components: 1. Judging the quality of horticulture products (plants, flowers, fruits and vegetables); 2. Identification of 100 plants; and 3. A written test on horticultural practices.

  • Are you itching at the ankles soon after hiking, picnicking or walking on a lawn? You may have chigger bites.
    Chiggers found in North Carolina, also known as red bugs, are the immature form of a mite. The bites can cause small, red bumps or welts on the skin and intense itching.
    Chiggers occur most frequently in areas of thick vegetation where the animals they normally bite (small mammals, birds, and reptiles) live. Although chiggers are more common in damp, shady areas, they also occur on golf courses or lawns.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Stink bugs and their cousins, the leaf-footed bugs, are common pests on many fruits and vegetables in the southeast.
    Gardeners most frequently notice these pests on tomatoes, where their feeding injury causes hard yellow spots to form just under the tomato skin. Populations of both of these difficult-to-control insects build up over the season, peaking in late summer and early fall. Control efforts taken now will help you stay ahead of these malodorous pests.

  • From 2006-2011, Brunswick County 4-H’er Elizabeth Mintz has embarked on a journey of hard work and dedication to be a part of the livestock show world. She has raised everything from turkeys, rabbits and dairy goats to beef cows.
    Her efforts have led her down the road to success with multiple first -lace, overall grand-champion, and showmanship titles under her belt. She even has the bragging rights to the Cape Fear Fair Expo’s coveted Claude McAllister Fancy Feather Award for the second year in a row.

  • The grill is fired up and your mouth is ready for a thick juicy hamburger.
    When talking food safety, how do you know when it is done? I bet you say: color. When it’s brown, it’s done. Not always.
    Ground beef should be cooked to an internal temperature of 160 degrees to destroy any possible illness causing bacteria in the meat. Some ground meat may prematurely brown before this internal temperature has been reached. One out of every four hamburgers turns brown before it reaches 160 degrees.

  • Landis installed as GFWC-NC  secretary
    Ann Landis was installed as the GFWC-NC recording secretary at the 110th annual convention of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs-North Carolina (GFWC-NC) in Greensboro and will serve in the 2012-2014 administration. Landis was the organizing member and past two-term president of the GFWC of Holden Beach.

  • Cumming Brothers to sing June 24
    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will feature The Cumming Brothers of Bolton in concert at 6 p.m. June 24. Refreshments will be served following the concert.

  • Perhaps some view movies that are not documentaries as interesting, but far from true. I do not. I see them as I see any art form, purveyors of truth clothed in fiction. I believe they hold verities that would make us cringe if they were presented as nonfiction. This is the case with the film, “A Better Life.”

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery will offer a one-night class on block printing with instructor Janette Montgomery from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, June 21.
    The event is part of the gallery’s Creative After Hours series designed to encourage non-artists to explore creativity in a fun and informal environment.

  • Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, June 25
    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, carrots, peaches, whole-wheat bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, June 26
    Chopped steak/gravy, mashed sweet potatoes, stewed tomatoes, pears, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, June 27
    Beans and franks, fresh cabbage, fruit cocktail, peach cobbler, hot dog roll/whole-wheat hot dog roll, beverage.