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Today's News

  • Blanching vegetables before freezing

    Here’s another question (and answer) from the North Carolina Safe Plates Food Safety Information Center:

  • A little laughter goes a long way at the office

     Life in the newspaper business can sometimes be a little too serious. Thankfully, I work with three women who consistently keep me entertained. I don’t want to name names, but their initials are N.A.N.C.Y., S.U.E. and B.E.T.H.

  • Brunswick County Schools names three Teacher of the Year candidates

     Three area teachers have been selected to represent their schools as Teacher of the Year for 2019-2020. These Brunswick County teachers exemplify the standout qualities of talented and devoted educators.

    According to Brunswick County Schools, this year’s TOYs are Allison Pilon, a first-grade teacher at Town Creek Elementary; Justin Garza, athletic director and health and physical education teacher at South Brunswick Middle School; and Sarah Osborne, an Honors American I and II instructor at Brunswick County Early College High School.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County: Get your tickets now for October show

    Listen Up Brunswick County welcomes two nationally renowned artists, Vance Gilbert and Susan Werner, for its debut autumn show Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    Philadelphia-born folk artist Gilbert, a former multicultural arts teacher, was Listen Up Brunswick County founder Jeannie Dufour’s inspiration for launching the local concert series in 2014.

  • Liquid Pleasure entertains Sunset Beach on July 31

    After more than two decades spurring audiences to their feet, Liquid Pleasure has flowed into a cultural icon.

    The Chapel Hill-based band will be on hand for the next Sunset Beach summer concert the last day of July — 6-8 p.m. next Wednesday, July 31.

    From the beginning and continuing to the present, Liquid Pleasure has set its own path and pace, i.e., becoming a major recording entity.

  • Amuzu presents Rock ‘n’ Roll ‘Oldies but Goodies’

    The Historic Amuzu Theatre at 111 N. Howe St. in Southport unveils its annual ‘50s & ‘60s “Rock ‘n’ Roll Oldies but Goodies” musical variety revue showcasing top hits from two decades of great music.

    Performance dates for this 10th annual musical tradition celebrating America’s best music are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 9-11, and Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 22-25.

    Sunday shows are at 3 p.m.; all other shows are at 7:30 p.m.

  • Goose-necked GERD: The curious case of the nervous tummy

    “You’re exactly right, like a goose! She stretches her neck waaaay out like this…”

    I was on my first telephone call of the day with the remarkedly descriptive owner of Flora the Maltipoo, named after the Roman goddess of flowers and spring, naturally. Flora seemed to be suffering from chronic vomiting, although they’re seemed to be mild anxiety mixed in with potential neck pain. Despite the flowery description, I didn’t have the faintest clue what was going on.    

  • What Is This Mystery Plant?

    “Are the stars out tonight?

    I don’t know if it’s cloudy or bright…”

    “I Only Have Eyes for You” – 1934, lyrics by Al Dubin.

  • Unresolved issues rear ugly heads
  • Should you be on a gluten-free diet?

    According to a 2015 Gallup poll, approximately 20 percent of Americans are looking to reduce or eliminate gluten from their diet. You may ask yourself “why” and “what is gluten anyway?” 

    Gluten is a protein found in wheat, barley and rye. If you’re a bread baker, you know that gluten is essential for the tenderness and elasticity in bread. It also appears as an ingredient in many processed foods.