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Today's News

  • Map denotes planting zones

    Most gardeners are familiar with the U.S. Hardiness Zone Map. Typically when consumers purchase plant material, the zones are listed on the tag of the plant.
    The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is used to provide the gardener and grower with a guide for determining if a plant is likely to survive the winter in a garden or field. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree zones. The lower the number on the map, the colder the zone.

  • Go for the green on St. Patrick’s Day

    By Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    NC Cooperative Extension Service
    Brunswick County Center

  • Authentic Creole or Cajun gumbo requires okra or filé powder

    The Spanish gave Creole food its spices, and also paella, which was the forefather of Louisiana’s jambalaya. Cajun cuisine is characterized by the use of wild game, seafood, wild vegetation and herbs.
    Bouillabaisse, a soup that came from the Provence region of France in and around Marseilles, played a part in the creation of gumbo.

  • Community briefs

    Laser music shows at planetarium in March
    Music lovers won’t want to miss these laser music shows at Ingram Planetarium on March 16-17:

  • Calendar

    Thursday, March 15
    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.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.

  • Johnson-Thompson

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christa Johnson and Andrew Thompson. The bride-elect is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. James K. Johnson Jr. of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. Sharon Thompson and Randy Thompson of Sunset Beach. An April wedding is planned in Wilmington.
     

  • Scores, highlights of area golf leagues

    The Beachcombers played a three-lowest nets tournament Friday at Crown Park. The winners with a score of 184 (-32) were Jim Beairsto, Hal Riebesehl, Jim Fitzner and Bob Smith. In second at 190 (-20) were Paul Michal, Ed Nocella, Fred Ortiz and Dick Cecil. Lowest gross: Reese Evans 82, Jim Fitzner 83, Hal Riebesehl 84, Bob Smith 85, Gary Gutheil, Bill McDavit and Jim Ritter 88, Paul Michal and Stu Cleveland 89. Lowest net: Hal Riebesehl 60, Bob Smith 63, Ed Nocella 67 and Jim Ritter 68. Hal Riebesehl was golfer of the week. He missed shooting his age by two strokes.

  • Waking up a snoozing golf course

    Those of you who are new to the game (in the last 20 years of so) probably don’t remember playing golf in the Carolinas during the winter months when all the grass was brown.
    That’s right, folks, brown. The greens were brown, the tees were brown, the fairways were brown, the rough was brown.

  • Sports calendar

    Coed softball registration
    Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department is accepting registrations for the 2012 coed softball leagues. Team registration fees are $500. Teams will play on Monday, Tuesday or Thursday evenings at Lockwood Folly Park, Shallotte Park or Smithville Park. The league managers’ meeting is 6:30 p.m. May 10 at the Parks and Recreation Building in the second floor conference room. For more information, call Aaron Perkins at 253-2670 or aperkins@brunsco.net.

  • Taking kids fishing: They’re the future of the sport

    One of the great joys of fishing is introducing the sport to the next generation. Taking a kid fishing is a lot of fun and a great investment in the future. Capt. Jacob Frick of J&J Inshore Charters fishes out of the Ocean Isle Beach in Brunswick County and is one of the many fishing guides who will help their customers introduce children to the sport. I asked him about his experience and advice regarding taking kids fishing.