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Today's Features

  • Taira D. McTurner and Nathan E. DeMarte, both of Shallotte, were married Dec. 30, 2011, at Saint Mary’s Roman Catholic Church in Wilmington.
    The Very Reverend Fr. Robert J. Kus officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Christine Broderick of Clarkton and the late Scott McTurner. The groom is the son of Tony and Constance Demarte of Sunset Beach.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents.

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.—In 25 years of performing, Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based band, has released nine CDs and two DVDs.
    Now, they’re coming to Ocean Isle Beach.
    This Sunday, May 27, Blue Dogs is scheduled to perform at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach.
    At 9 p.m., they will take the stage at Sharky’s, just over the bridge on Ocean Isle Beach.
    Blue Dogs are known for their Americana and country-rock sound.
    There’s no cover to hear the tunes of Blue Dogs, who will play until midnight.

  • Are you ready for some Putt-Putt?

    Now is the time of year to rent some colorful clubs and balls and get out and explore the intricate, winding novelty delights of area miniature golf courses with your family.

    From Calabash to the south to Holden Beach on the north end of the Brunswick Isles, there are several courses from which to choose.

    Among the offerings:

  • CHARLESTON, S.C.—In 25 years of performing, Blue Dogs, a Charleston-based band, has released nine CDs and two DVDs.

    Now, they’re coming to Ocean Isle Beach.

    This Sunday, May 27, Blue Dogs is scheduled to perform at Sharky’s on Ocean Isle Beach.

    At 9 p.m., they will take the stage at Sharky’s, just over the bridge on Ocean Isle Beach.

    Blue Dogs are known for their Americana and country-rock sound.

    There’s no cover to hear the tunes of Blue Dogs, who will play until midnight.

  • To recognize the start of Safe Boating Week May 19-25, the North Strand Sail and Power Squadron will be offering free vessel safety checks at local marinas on Saturday, May 19. Starting at 9 a.m., teams of certified examiners will be walking the docks and the points where boats go in the water at various local marinas in Little River and North Myrtle Beach, S.C., including Grand Dunes and Barefoot Marina.

  • Quilt show is May 19-20
    The Brunswick Quilters guild will present “A Galaxy of Quilts” quilt show from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe St. in Southport.
    The exhibit will display more than 100 quilts and quilted items made by guild members. The event will showcase a queen-size raffle quilt, “Aegean Star,” a Judy Martin pattern made by guild members.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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).