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Today's Features

  • Cumin (Indian name Jeera) is a pungent spice used in many traditional Indian dishes.

    It is a staple of most curry spice mixes (though not all) and lends itself many dishes of other countries. Its supposed medicinal qualities are numerous, although in today’s western medicine it is used largely only in veterinary medicine.

    Its alleged health indications in the human are as an alleviant for stomach upsets and flatulence and in pregnancy to aid lactation and to reduce morning sickness.

  • One of my favorite Sunday treats is watching the television program, “Sunday Morning.”

    I love the variety of topics and enjoy the fact it is a way of keeping in touch with friends who are simultaneously involved with the program from afar.

    Nestled among pieces that reminded viewers of events from years ago and commented on the comparative value of vinyl records over iPod downloads, there was an intriguing interview Maria Shriver conducted with a multimillionaire—whose name I have unfortunately forgotten.

  • Operation Inasmuch set for April 19

    On April 19, 12 Baptist churches in Brunswick County will join with hundreds of other churches across North Carolina in a statewide Operation Inasmuch Day, according to a news release.

    Volunteers from all over the state will work together to provide assistance to those in need, including: working at food pantries, building wheelchair ramps, handyman repairs, care packages for soldiers and their families and taking blankets to nursing homes.

  • T.J. and Tara Turner of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Shaianna Dawn Turner, born at 7 a.m. March 6 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Linda Thompson of Supply and Jackie and Brenda Cook of Winnabow.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Cindy Turner of Winnabow.

    Great-grandparents are Annie Mae Thompson of Varnamtown and the late Pearl and Russell Cook.

  • Teresa Wright and Travis Blackwell Jr. are the parents of a daughter, Brylee Morgan Blackwell, born at 9:24 p.m., March 25 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Alex Reed Blackwell, 11.

    Maternal grandmother is Sylvia Brown of Thomasville.

    Paternal grandparents are the late Edna and Travis Blackwell Sr.

    Great-grandparents are the late Magaline and Herbert Jones and the late Edna and Lester Parish.

  • Gerald and Faye Hewett celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Feb. 2 with a reception at Seaside Christian Fellowship Church, hosted by several family members. The couple has three sons, Jerry (deceased, 1976), Terry and Kelvin; and two grandchildren, Johnathan and Savannah. The couple was married Feb. 13, 1958.

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) has announced the winners of its 2008 BEMC Community Grants, including nine Brunswick County organizations.

  • Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

    “High School Show,” Franklin Square Youth Gallery, Southport. More than 100 students will have their work on display. For more information, call 457-5450.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

  • Elsie Jordan from Brunswick County joins Pennsylvania native potter Betsey Mitchell and Cape Cod painter Michael Caiazza as featured artists whose work will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 31 to May 10, at Franklin Square Gallery in downtown Southport.

    This cooperative community gallery is open to the public free of charge.

    Their work is under the spotlight at the ongoing members show sponsored by the Associated Artists of Southport.

  • When the white blooms of flowering pears make their annual appearance this time of year, it’s difficult not to get excited about them. Throw in a little early-morning sunlight for backlighting and you have something to wax poetic about.

    The red fall color is usually pretty reliable, too. Unfortunately, there’s a down side to the saga of the Bradford pear. Like most pears, its fast growth means weak wood. Add the inherently narrow branch angles, and you have a recipe for breakage once a few years have gone by.