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Today's News

  • Rotisserie chickens and their love affair with sodium

    In last week’s column, I talked about my investigation into rotisserie chicken. I’ve always wondered if they were a “good deal.” We all know you can’t beat them for their convenience, but there is also a saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” They are not just simply a roasted chicken.
    While many companies label rotisserie chickens by saying they have no added steroids or no hormones, they all seem to have some added seasoning or flavoring.

  • Protect your plants throughout the cooler winter months

    By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener
    In this area of North Carolina, protecting your plants from cold is easy enough to do, since our winters are mild; however, certain plants need protection from the cold to survive the winter months.
    Protecting your plants in winter does not mean you have to keep them warm. It simply means providing protection from damaging winds, snow, ice, alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and heat from the sun on cold days.

  • Local entrepreneur launches jewelry business with a twist

    Sheila Sanders of Sunset Beach has announced the launch of her new business as an independent designer with Origami Owl Custom Jewelry, a direct-sales company with a unique twist.
    As an independent designer with Origami Owl, Sanders conducts interactive events where she helps guests create one-of-a-kind personalized jewelry that best reflects their style.
    Origami Owl was founded by Isabella Weems, a 14-year-old entrepreneur.

  • Business briefs

    Local urologist makes Best Doctors list
    John J. Smith III, M.D., a Shallotte-area urologist, has been named to the Best Doctors in North Carolina list.
    Smith of Brunswick Urology Partners was selected by his peers to be included in the Best Doctors in America 2013 database.
    On an annual basis, Boston-based Best Doctors Inc. surveys physicians, asking them to rate their peers by naming the physician to whom they would refer their loved ones or choose for themselves if they needed care in their own specialty area.

  • Just Watch it Grow program: Children sprout new taste buds

    With fast food and quick meal preparation options aplenty, it’s easy for negative eating habits to develop in children.
    According to the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services Special Nutrition Division, roughly one third of all children ages 2-4 are overweight or obese.
    That’s why Helen Gabriel, program and evaluations director for Smart Start of Brunswick County, and her colleagues started Just Watch it Grow.

  • Religion briefs

    Church to host stew winner Feb. 9
    The 2012 Brunswick Stew Cook-off winner Oren Knicely will serve up his award-winning Brunswick Stew at Soldier Bay Church, on the corner of N.C. 130 and Longwood Road in Ash, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
    The stew will be sold by the quart to go, or by the bowl at the church. Served with hushpuppies and a drink. Desserts will also be available.

  • Southport hosts Emancipation Day program

    The Save Our Community (SOC) organization of Southport hosted its 21st annual Emancipation Day Program at St. James AMEZ Church on Dec. 29.
    Norman Jones, master of ceremonies, opened the program by asking the audience to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.”
    Emma Myles of First Baptist read the Scripture, Exodus 3:7-12. Deacon William Flythe of Friendship Baptist prayed, and Alexandria Plummer of St. James AMEZ gave the welcome.

  • St. Brendan Catholic Church takes initiative against violence

    Appropriately, at the time of the annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday and in response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. The choice was easy to make, in light of the Christian commitment to uphold life, and challenging for the same reason.

  • Club brief

    Yacht Club elects new officers
    The Cape Fear Yacht Club (CFYC) has elected new officers for 2013. The announcement was made by 2012 commodore Janice Duncan-Ramieh at the CFYC clubhouse on Dec. 9.
    The new officers are commodore Ray Bolling, vice commodore Ken Haubrich and rear commodore David Forsyth.
    Board of governors includes Chris Webster, Dave Weigel, Donna Coleman, Debbie Bischoff and Ricky Evans. Mike Elliott was appointed as fleet captain.

  • Taken in moderation, beer is actually a healthy food

    Once considered a food staple, beer has been around in one form or another for more than 8,000 years. And with all these new studies that actually show that beer is healthy, in moderation, why not cook with beer?
    Years ago, physicians were known to use beer liberally for various cures. Due to the brewing process when making beer, it was actually safer to drink than either water or milk. Because of this, beer was often used when mixing medicines and used in many food recipes in place of water.