• Celebrating six years of ‘Cooking with Hope’

    Happy 6th anniversary, everyone. It is hard to believe that this column has been sharing recipes with you for so many years. We hope that you have been enjoying the recipes along with some cooking tips. To celebrate the occasion I have included recipes from my trip to France. These recipes require a little bit of effort, but they are quite delicious and will be a fine dish for any dinner party that you have or just a special dinner for you and your family. READ MORE

  • Plans underway for ‘Second Amendment Enrichment Center’

    In Tennessee, a man was taking out the trash when the bag tore open and a human head popped out. Witnessed by his neighbors, he quickly begged them not to tell anyone. Really? How did that conversation start out, “It’s not what you think, the head came with the bag.” Good grief. Luckily the neighbors called the police and the man is in custody. The problem here is that he has schizophrenia. Who knows which personality did it? We are living in a world of crazy, and it is scary at times. READ MORE

  • No question what’s on the menu at first Rice Festival

    The first annual North Carolina Rice Festival will be held at the Brunswick Riverwalk in Belville on Sept. 20 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. READ MORE

  • Our strange and wonderful world always keeps me on my toes

    For now there will be no ammunition registration in the State of California. The proposed law would have required firearm retailers to report the name, address and date of birth of buyers as well as type of ammo and quantity. Originally the bill started out as requiring a state permit and a background check before being allowed to purchase ammo. Can you say Big Brother? READ MORE

  • Enjoy flavors of summer before season ends

    Summer peaches are still available, and before the season ends make a few jars of peach jam for the winter and the holidays. READ MORE

  • Safety is key when handling guns

    Oh boy. Where to start this week? READ MORE

  • Inshore activity, offshore bite heating up

    As the tourism season is winding down, I know the fall fishing season is heating up. In the surf this past week I have seen more baitfish in the water than I have all year. READ MORE

  • Some healthy options for back-to-school lunches

    Lunches and snacks for back-to-school students can be very healthy and tasty. Fruits and vegetables along with nuts, raisins and dried cranberries add a nutritional value to the menu. Plastic containers help to make serving varieties of choices, and they seal in the freshness of the food. READ MORE

  • Getting back to the basics is an affordable option

    Congratulations to the State of Tennessee for re-instituting the importance of cursive writing. READ MORE

  • Fishing heats up as weather starts to cool

    September is a special month here at Topsail. It is the harbinger of fall — hopefully, anyway. The weather starts to cool and the fish feel the need to start bulking up for the winter or their migration to the south or north, depending on the species. READ MORE