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Today's Features

  • If I took a survey of Brunswick County residents and asked, “Is God’s grace a resented banquet?” I would guess the response would either be a shocked stare, a quizzical look, an angry glare or an astonished negative.

    How could we possibly resent God’s grace? How could we turn our backs on a generous God who presents us with a banquet feast of life that is overflowing with goodness?

  • Theatergoers of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in the classic story of “some pig” promoted by a web-writing spider for the next two weekends in Brunswick County.

    Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern and all the lovable characters in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” will come to life as Stagestruck Players perform a stage version of the award-winning children’s book debuting this weekend.

  • Kristina Nichole Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach and Jesse James Clemmons of Supply were married Sept. 19 at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

    The Rev. Troy Knight of Generations Church officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Nanet Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach. The groom is the son of Dale Sr. and Rose Clemmons of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Crape myrtles that have previously been topped can, to an extent, be “untopped.” Select two or three of the stronger shoots per topping knuckle (the knob that develops where the topping cut was made) and prune the others off. Then prune (head back) the selected shoots above outward facing buds to begin to develop a new branch pattern.

    The plant will never again have its true or natural crapemyrtle form, but it can be improved.

    The right way to prune

  • Poor Richard told us long ago an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old adage certainly fits when it comes to controlling the weeds in your centipede and St. Augustine lawns.

    An application of atrazine—commonly sold as Purge—this fall will control lots of weeds that are already there and keep many others from showing up later in the season.

  • Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia were married Sept. 12 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply.

    Judge Marion Warren officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Gene and Merle Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Sanford and Sandra Bath of Bolivia.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Laney Carmel Hawes of Shallotte and Robert Craig Pierce of Shallotte were married Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church of Wilmington. The Rev. Donnie King Jr., the bride’s brother, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Carmel Hawes of Wilmington. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Pierce III of Wilmington and Susanne Denton Pierce of Salisbury.

    Mary Staten of Raleigh and Brittany Wolf of New York City served as maids of honor.

  • Jokingly, I have sometimes commented any divorce possibilities for Dear Hubby and me will commence on a road trip.

    Similar in a multitude of ways, we part company seriously when it comes to driving and the abundant choices that come with the highways to be traveled, especially in unknown territories. Thankfully, our initial prayer upon entering the vehicle and putting on our seat belts begs for divine assistance, angelic presence and generalized removal from all possibility of injury—ours and others. We are happily ensconced in God’s presence. A GPS is unnecessary!

  • Rice is the most commonly used of all the grain products of the world. It is grown in many countries, but the United States has developed some of the finest types and varieties of rice, which have met with high favor at home and abroad.

    American rice, in fact, commands a premium in foreign markets. In this country, rice is produced chiefly in the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and California. Arkansas is the largest rice producing state, with California right behind.

    Cooking rice is easy

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.