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Today's News

  • Trying to understand the impact of race relations in America

    The issue of race is front and center in the current presidential campaign. Candidates and political pundits are addressing the question of race more than at any time in recent history.

    There has never been a presidential campaign that has had a white female, a black male and a white male vying for the highest office in the land.

  • Speeches give great insight into teens' lives

    The start of spring means beautiful weather and pollen allergies. It's also the time of year when I serve as a judge at the South Brunswick High School oratorical contest, the precursor to the countywide Odell and Virginia Williamson Oratorical Contest.

    It was a difficult decision this year because all the students who participated were terrific, and they left me a little more hopeful about the future.

  • Sauerbraten is a German specialty marinated for several days

    Sauerbraten (sour roast) is considered by most to be Germany’s National dish, but while the basis of the recipe remains the same, variations do occur from region to region.

    Traditionally made with a beef roasting joint (topside or similar) the meat is marinated for two to three days in vinegar and/or beer, spices such as cloves, juniper berries, allspice and peppercorns, bay leaves and onions; and then braised in the marinade for a long period, resulting in very tender melt-in-the-mouth meat.

  • Arts & Entertainment

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

    “High School Show,” Franklin Square Youth Gallery, Southport. More than 100 students will have their work on display. For more information, call 457-5450.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

  • Jordan, Mitchell and Caiazza featured at Franklin Square Gallery

    Elsie Jordan from Brunswick County joins Pennsylvania native potter Betsey Mitchell and Cape Cod painter Michael Caiazza as featured artists whose work will be on display from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, March 31 to May 10, at Franklin Square Gallery in downtown Southport.

    This cooperative community gallery is open to the public free of charge.

    Their work is under the spotlight at the ongoing members show sponsored by the Associated Artists of Southport.

  • The saga of the Bradford pear tree

    When the white blooms of flowering pears make their annual appearance this time of year, it’s difficult not to get excited about them. Throw in a little early-morning sunlight for backlighting and you have something to wax poetic about.

    The red fall color is usually pretty reliable, too. Unfortunately, there’s a down side to the saga of the Bradford pear. Like most pears, its fast growth means weak wood. Add the inherently narrow branch angles, and you have a recipe for breakage once a few years have gone by.

  • Tips for landscaping your yard, part 2

    Last week I mentioned that former extension specialist Kim Powell wrote a wonderful guide going over the steps for landscaping which I have edited for our area in the southeast. The process takes you through the necessary steps to determine just how to succeed in transforming your yard into a beautiful, well thought out, planned garden.

    Steps in the Landscape Design Process

    •Develop a plot plan

    •Conduct a site analysis

    •Assess family needs

    •Locate use areas

    •Design, construct, and plant

  • Gardening in Aprilpreparing an easy-care landscape

    This is the time of year we all start thinking about having the best landscape ever. In my mind, the best landscape ever is beautiful all year long with little care from the gardener. It is time to prepare the beds for new plants as well as last year’s perennials so let’s get a good start toward creating an easy care landscape.

  • Business briefs

    Verity Companies hires Day

    The Verity Companies, based in Ocean Isle Beach, has announced Phil Day has been hired as business development director.

    Day’s career spans more than 35 years, as sales director for the UK and Ireland with Bell Laboratories and AT&T; as managing director for the UK and Scandinavia with MCI; and as managing director for Europe, Africa and the Middle East with Verizon.

  • Local restaurants receive Golden A awards

    The Environmental Health Food and Lodging Section of the Brunswick County Health Department presented the ninth annual Golden A awards to 95 local food establishments recently at a ceremony at the government complex in Bolivia.

    Included in the list are 29 Platinum A awards.

    “We are very pleased that so many food establishments take such great pride in their businesses and the safety of their customers,” said Don Yousey, health director. “It is not easy to receive this award. You have to work very hard.”