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Today's News

  • Les misérables, the impoverished ones, cause us to weep and act

    I often heard my father speak in hushed tones of the heartrending tale Victor Hugo wrote.
    This did not impress me when I was young. It was a long time before I was awestruck that an Italian immigrant who had only attended school for three years in his native country could read, comprehend and appreciate Hugo’s genius and insight in “Les Misérables.”
    As time went on, I, too, read the story. When it became a Broadway production, I listened to the tapes and merrily sang along with the music.

  • Social Services offers training to add foster families in Brunswick County

    Brunswick County’s Department of Social Services could use more foster parents.

    Tamela Jones, DSS licensing supervisor, is encouraging people to take part in a 10-week training program to become licensed as a new foster parent.

    There are 145 children in DSS’ care. The children range from only a few months to 18 years old.

    The county has 16 foster parents/families licensed by DSS.

    Jones said that’s not many, and it’s the reason they are recruiting more.

  • Leland Police report

    The Leland Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Jan. 1

    Bemon Wilson Kennedy, 48, 933 Village Road; arrested on an outstanding warrant and resisting, delaying or obstructing a public official.

     

    Jan. 2

    Larceny; unknown suspects removed cast iron storm drain grates, valued at $400, from the roadway at Brunswick Forest parkway.

  • Holden Beach police report

    The Holden Beach Police Department investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

     

    Dec. 31

    Larceny from a boat and criminal damage to property; suspect took a gas tank, gasoline and a fuel line, with a total value of $57, from a boat parked on Lumberton Street.

  • A real treat: Getting to know more about pomegranates

    I recently took one of my Christmas gifts into our office to share. It was a pomegranate. Four of these beautiful fruits came in a package from a “foodie” friend.
    To me, this is what a gift should be; something you would like to have but hardly ever consider buying for yourself. A real treat.
    Several of my co-workers were familiar with the fruit. Others curiously watched and to their credit, sampled this new food.

  • Although it’s cold, it’s a good time to start planning your garden

    Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    During the cold month of January, what we really want to do is curl up in front of the fireplace with some hot chocolate and the new seed catalogs. Go ahead and enjoy. Now is the best time to plan for our new bigger and better spring garden.
    If you have saved photos from last year’s garden, dig them out and use them to help lay out any changes you talked about making last year.

  • Teen 4-H council meets monthly

    Brunswick County Teen Council is a 4-H teen club for students in sixth grade up to 19 years old. It meets one Saturday each month.
    Club goals are to plan and implement 4-H programs, leadership growth and to “join the Revolution of Responsibility.”
    This month, members elected their 2013 officers: Kenan Bridges, president; Amber Yurgel, vice president; Angelique Apple, secretary/treasurer; and Samantha Lawrence, club reporter.

  • Master Gardener class to begin Feb. 13

    The Master Gardeners of Brunswick County offer a unique horticulture class for Brunswick County residents. The class provides the basic knowledge needed to maintain a yard/garden in the coastal plain of North Carolina.
    The next scheduled class will start on Feb.13 and run through March 20. All classes begin at 9 a.m.
    This class is shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class and contains less science and more “how to” content.

  • Don’t confuse a pork loin roast with a tenderloin

    A pork loin roast is often confused with a tenderloin. Despite their name similarity, rest assured they are not one in the same.
    Pork loin roasts are especially flavorful when first brined or then rubbed with a spice mixture and barbecued over indirect heat, cooked on a rotisserie or just baked in the oven. They should never be braised or stewed, since they have a tendency to lose their tenderness and just fall apart when cooked using moist heat.

  • Paintings on display at Sunset River

    Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, will present “Ruth Cox: Works in Oil” through Feb. 16.
    The exhibition will feature more than 30 paintings by the Myrtle Beach, S.C., artist. There will be a reception to meet the artist from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12. The public is invited.
    According to gallery owner Ginny Lassiter, paintings will include landscapes, coastal scenes, florals and other still lives.