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Today's News

  • Dragon Snappers 4-H’ers take part in community service project

    On April 18, the Brunswick County 4-H Junior Master Gardener youth who comprise the Dragon Snappers 4-H Club at Southport Christian School began their newest community service project called Adopt a Spot.
    A crape myrtle tree was planted on school grounds near the school’s flagpole. Each member of the club will make it their responsibility to water and care for the tree.
    Club members had their monthly meeting led by the club officers.

  • Brunswick Cooperative Extension offers tips on canning

    Love fresh fruits and vegetables? Want to enjoy them year round but do not know how to preserve them? Join Brunswick County Cooperative Extension from 2-4:30 p.m. Friday, June 8, to learn the basics of canning and freezing with instructions on “how-to-do-it.”
    Topics will include:
    •When to harvest produce.
    •Estimated yield of canned fruits and vegetables from fresh.
    •Cost of preserving and storing food.
    •Is it worth your time and money?

  • Preserving foods: Resources for updated recipes

    We’ve received quite a few calls lately from people questioning the safety of or looking for a little advice on their home preserved foods. I had one man call about green beans, as the seals are breaking on the jars he put up last summer. Another caller was concerned about the cloudiness in the liquid surrounding her home-canned sweet peas. A woman asked about a remake recipe for too runny homemade jam.

  • Watch pH and watering to prevent vegetable blossom end rot

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Are the bottom ends of your tomatoes or squash turning black or leathery, or failing to develop properly? This problem, known as blossom end rot, is most common on tomatoes and squash, though it may also occur on peppers, eggplants, melons, cucumbers and zucchini.

  • Predator insects play a part in the garden’s grand scheme

    Every year, I eagerly await the opening of one of my favorite roses, Lady Bird, with its five-inch size blooms and fiery, coral-orange color. It is quite a showstopper.
    This year was no different. In the spring, my rose blooms are typically larger because there are fewer pests around to feed on them.
    Well, my rose did open, but to my surprise, was not as bold and beautiful as in the past. I decided to do some scouting to see if I could determine what or who the culprit was disturbing my plant.

  • Club briefs

    Native Americans to speak at history meeting
    The next meeting of the Brunswick County Historical Society will be at 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Brunswick Community College, Building A, in Bolivia. The society meets the second Monday in February, May, August and November.

  • Religion briefs

    Smoky Mountain Reunion to play May 19
    Archie Watkins and Smoky Mountain Reunion from Bryson City will appear in concert at Mount Olive Baptist Church at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 19.
    Mount Olive Baptist Church is between Bolivia and Supply at the junction of U.S. 17 and Galloway Road at mile marker 24.
    Call the church office at 754-6808.

  • Mothers, God and other cornerstone questions

    My experience of motherhood, and I do not mean to limit that reality to the physical process of giving birth, certainly revolves about and evolves from questioning and being questioned. Memories of my earliest parenting days resound with interrogations. “Where are you?” “What are you doing?” “Have you washed your hands?” “Did you say ‘thank you’?” “What did you say???” I am sure that my children thought of me as the Grand Inquisitor.

  • Business briefs

    Credit union adds Floyd to council
    Local Government Federal Credit Union (LGFCU) has announced the addition of Carol Ann Floyd to its Southern Coast Advisory Council, which comprises Bladen, Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties.

  • Community briefs

    Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 14
    Herb-baked chicken filet/gravy, brown rice, collards, pineapple tidbits, orange juice, whole-grain bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 15
    Stuffed cabbage roll, field peas with snaps, sliced beets, peaches, brownies, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 16