.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Features

  • Keep Brunswick County Beautiful is a local affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. Each year, Keep America Beautiful affiliates conduct an assessment of the overall appearance of a section of their community, using indicators such as litter, illegal signs and graffiti, using the Community Appearance Index. The data gathered is used to develop a local plan to address litter and related issues.

  • We usually take celery for granted, right? It adds crunch to potato salads, flavor to chicken stock and what would turkey stuffing be without celery?

    I’ve been writing this food column for just more than 13 years now, and recently a friend of mine asked me if I could write a column about celery. I said no problem. Luckily, I have many celery recipes, so it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was going to be. We tend to forget how often we use celery in recipes, so I’ve included some common uses and a few recent recipes of mine.

  • By John Nelson

    Wetlands are natural habitats featuring a lot of water … usually. They are dynamic ecosystems, exhibiting a number of complicated physical and biological interactions. They also provide home for a huge array of plant and animal species.

    Across North America, unfortunately, many kinds of wetlands are becoming increasingly rare, as they have commonly fallen victim to urbanization and landscape manipulation. Of course, when wetlands are sufficiently disturbed or destroyed, their resident plants and animals also suffer, commonly disappearing.

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    A friend said to me recently, “On the outside it looks like I’m living the dream. Yet, I have this hollow feeling inside, a nagging that keeps tugging at me. And then I feel guilty for not being more grateful.”

    If you feel like you’re drifting or “stuck,” you’re in good company. Lots of folks are in this boat  and beating themselves up because they just don’t feel “jazzed.”

  • From the opening paragraphs of his newest novel, “Under Pain of Mortal Sin,” Donald Cozzens jump-starts the reader into the multi-faceted dilemma of today’s church. One is immediately caught and held in the mystery and complexity of human suffering under the pain of “mortal” sinfulness. 

  • In last week’s column I made the case for replacing some of the meat in your diet with beans. Overall, beans have fewer calories and saturated fats and more fiber than meat. I’m not talking about green beans or string beans, but those that are called “dry” beans. These are beans like kidney, black, pinto, garbanzo and navy.

  • Thirty-two years ago, I was a young Extension agent working in Cumberland County. The sandy soils around Fayetteville have many of the same problems that make growing grass such a challenge here in the Wilmington area, with the scale insect we call ground pearls being at the top of the most-hated list.

  • It’s a sacred day to remember those who died in defense of our country.

    Memorial Day tributes to America’s soldiers who made the ultimate sacrifice will once again be paid throughout Brunswick County and on the Battleship North Carolina in Wilmington on the traditional fourth Monday in May observance as well as one ceremony on the “actual Memorial Day” on Wednesday, May 30.

    Here’s a closer look at scheduled ceremonies.

    Memorial Day in Calabash

  • New York Times bestselling author Mary Alice Monroe is scheduled to be at Silver Coast Winery at 5 p.m. Friday, May 25, promoting her latest can’t-miss coastal read, “Beach House Reunion.”

    Monroe will be on hand to meet with the public and read and sign copies of her new hardcover book, which went on sale May 22, at this two-hour event presented by Pelican Bookstore of Sunset Beach.

    Admission is $7.50, which includes a glass of wine.

  • On Saturday, May 26, enjoy a good day of music, good food and good friends from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the 10th annual Hot Rods & Hamburgers Cruise In Food Social at Ocean City Chevrolet on U.S. 17 in Shallotte, hosted by the Tri-Beach Cruisers Car Club.

    Hot dogs and hamburgers are free to all classic car cruisers. Lunch will be served about 12:30 p.m.

    There will be a 50/50 drawing with proceeds going to 2018 Brunswick County Toy Run. Find more information about this effort at BrunswickToyRun.org.