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Today's Features

  • Sunset Beach is the scene this summer of a free community concert series.

    Concerts are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Village Park at Seaside Village.

    The park is on the mainland across the street from Fibber McGees Restaurant. Just look for the small gazebo, and bring a chair. There’s typically a dance floor for concert-goers who want to get up and join in.

    Each week, a different local charity will be featured. Food and drinks are available for a donation, with funds going to the featured charity of the night.

  • They just recently got out of school, but Aaron and Hailey Dreyer can already talk about how they spent their summer vacation.

    It took root in the spring, when the Oak Island brother and sister decided to plant potatoes in the Winnabow fields of their great-grandfather, Cedric Ottaway. They wanted to donate the potatoes to area food pantries.

  • Every Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Coastal Carolina, families can learn beach safety tips that could save their lives.
    “Who Are You Swimming With?” addresses serious beach safety issues in a kid-friendly way. The goal of the program is to educate, not to scare.
    At a recent program, almost 70 people (adults and kids) listened as program leader Judy Sobota talked about what to do in various situations that any North Carolina beachgoer might face.

  • 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.