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Today's News

  • How much do you really know about preserving food?

    People have been preserving foods for centuries in an effort to keep food from time of plenty for a time of need. The trend for home preserving is one that ebbs and flows. During difficult economic times, we tend to see more people “putting food up” as a way of helping the budget, but there are many other reasons for preserving.
    Flavor and taste: They just prefer the flavor of fresh produce that they’ve canned themselves.

  • It’s time to start harvesting potatoes

    By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    When the tops of the potatoes start to die down, you will know it is time to harvest. One issue you may see on newly harvested potatoes is brown scab-like wounds (see photo). This is a disease called scab. The potatoes are still fine to eat. The causes of the problem and how to prevent it in the future will be discussed.
    Common scab

  • Controlling scale insects on shrubs

    Why are scales so much harder to treat than other insects? It’s because many of them cover themselves with a protective waxy coating.
    Indian Wax Scales illustrate this topic very well. They are easy to identify because they look like chewed gum and are usually found on the stems of plants like gardenia, magnolia and holly. Scale insects feed on leaves or branches of many ornamental plants grown in landscapes and nurseries. Adult females are red and covered with bright, white gummy wax.

  • Religion briefs

    Life groups study God’s word
    Life Groups are for everyone. Freedom Outreach Center has Life Groups for children, women, men, young adults, retirees, a mixture of people and the list goes on. A Life Group is a group of 3-15 people, and can meet anywhere.
    The following Life Groups are presently organized: The Mulligans (a golf Life Group); Going Deeper Divas (women’s Bible study); Pastor Ken’s Life Group, which constantly changes; and Bodies 4 God (exercise to Christian music).

  • Life and death are entwined at Ocean Isle Beach

    Dawn arrived clothed in a blanket of gray clouds and threatening skies. I wondered if the memorial service at Ocean Isle Beach would still happen.
    The question lingered in my mind as sadness gripped me. I wanted to cry, but couldn’t. I wished I had known the young woman who had died, but I didn’t. I only knew her mom. Sorrow at her loss gripped me though my tears remained unshed. Rain or shine, beach or church, Hubby Dear and I could do nothing but be present as companions at this time of unique heartache and grief.

  • Education briefs

    Purcell graduates with honors from CCU
    Ashley M. Purcell of Holden Beach graduated cum laude with a bachelor of arts degree in music from Coastal Carolina University during commencement ceremonies on May 5. She is continuing her education at CCU in the master of arts and teaching program.

  • Custodians win Clean School Award

    It could be the combined 37 years of experience of the South Brunswick Middle School custodial department or perhaps just their desire to be the best that propelled the team to victory in the Saffelle Clean School Award contest. The team edged out the other 18 schools for the third-quarter victory, taking the award from co-winners Cedar Grove Middle and Lincoln Elementary, who both have impressive track records.
    Supervisor Larry Smith expressed his pride in the SBMS team.

  • Pies used to help teach students about effects of bullying

    More than 170 students at Leland Middle School gathered to show their commitment to end bullying in their school. The Anti-Bullying Festival, organized by the Live in Peace Club, included games, face painting, music and dance, all designed to deliver the message that bullying is wrong.
    Students also raised $400 for Hope Harbor Home, a shelter providing services to domestic violence victims/survivors and their children in Brunswick County.

  • Community briefs

    Senior site menus
    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s seven Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.
    Monday, May 21
    Chicken enchilada casserole, rice/beans, stewed tomatoes, fresh apple, whole-wheat bread/white bread, beverage.
    Tuesday, May 22
    Beef macaroni casserole, green beans, fresh orange, blueberry cobbler, Italian bread, beverage.
    Wednesday, May 23
    Roast turkey/gravy, stuffing, carrots, pears, whole-wheat bread, beverage.

  • Celery is more than a pretty garnish for a Bloody Mary

    The custom of using a celery stick as a garnish for a Bloody Mary supposedly originated at Chicago’s Ambassador East Hotel in the 1960s. As the story goes, an unnamed celebrity ordered a Bloody Mary. With no swizzle stick available to stir it, he grabbed a stalk of celery from a nearby relish tray and history was made.
    Native to the Mediterranean and the Middle East, celery was first used by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a flavoring. The ancient Greeks also awarded winners of sporting events with a stock of celery. Marathon runners were often seen carrying it.