Today's Features

  • By Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    There is a new pest in town: the kudzu bug. Megacopta cribraria, commonly referred to as the kudzu bug, was first discovered on kudzu in the vicinity of Atlanta, Ga., during the fall of 2009. Unfortunately kudzu is not the only plant it has on its diet. It quickly moved across Georgia and South Carolina, causing extensive soybean damage.
    In 2011, it was found in North Carolina, Alabama and Virginia, and by 2012 is being found in at least two more states—Florida and Tennessee.

  • Mardi Gras by the Sea is Feb. 8
    The second annual Mardi Gras by the Sea celebration kicks off its two-day event on Friday, Feb. 8, with an artist reception at 5 p.m. at the Oak Island Senior Center, 5819 E. Oak Island Drive on Oak Island.
    Artists will also exhibit work at participating stores on Oak Island on Saturday, Feb. 9.
    The Grape & Ale, 8521 E. Oak Island Drive, will host a crawfish/shrimp boil from 6-8 p.m. Friday,
    Feb. 8, with a live band. Admission is $10 with proceeds to benefit Brunswick Little Theatre.

  • Turnips are members of the mustard family and have been around since ancient times, while rutabagas (also called Swede turnips) originated in Scandinavia.
    Rutabagas usually need to be peeled, but turnips don’t really need to be, but we seem to do it anyway.
    Both can be eaten raw in a salad or cooked up alone or used in a stew, as a sauté, in soups or just mashed. My preferred method is to roast them.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashton Leigh Chappell and Aaron Josef Stahl, both of Southern Pines. The bride-elect is the daughter of Matt and Candice Chappell of Ash. The prospective groom is the son of Mike and Patricia Stahl of Venice, Fla. The couple met while attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. A May 17 wedding is planned at the Southport Community Building in Southport.

  • Thursday, Feb. 7
    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.
    MahJong, 10 a.m., Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center, free. For more information, call 845-3693.
    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.

  • By Elise Young
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • SUPPLY—Bright and early Sunday morning, four generations of the Chestnut family are usually busy making music.

    Great-grandmother and octogenarian Connie Chestnut, the church’s oldest member, sings alto with the choir inside the sanctuary of Concord United Methodist Church on Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Her daughter, Laila Holden, is at the piano, granddaughter Laura Royal directs the choir, and great-granddaughter “choir member in training” Olivia Royal is singing, too.

  • Sarah Barnwell
    Family and Consumer Sciences Agent
    Brunswick County Cooperative Extension
    Now is the time of year we begin to see pink, white and red for Valentine’s Day. We take our time picking out the cutest Valentine cards, planning special memories and even choosing festive red and pink outfits for the day.
    This year, I encourage everyone to be fashionable for a different reason…to raise awareness for the number-one killer of women: heart disease.

  • By Judith Wojcik Ashley
    UGA Cooperative Extension

    Gardeners who chose not to grow cool season crops may be getting restless as temperatures drop and the growing season comes to an end. Well, a gardener’s work is never done. Here are a few garden chores that can be accomplished over the next few months:

  • I don’t make this stuff up. A friend recently posted this story on Facebook.
    Her husband went to the convenience store on the corner to get milk. Their family with two young boys usually drinks 2-percent milk. He discovered the store only had whole milk and 1-percent. This enterprising man (not wanting to drive to a full-service grocery store several miles away) purchased a gallon of each and informed his wife when he got home that if she’d mix them together they would get 2-percent.