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Today's Features

  • Pumpkin Day—a daylong celebration of fall—is set for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at Indigo Farms, a historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads.

    Celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins during the annual event scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • October is a great month for stargazing. The summer heat has died down, there are fewer bugs, and there is a big baseball diamond in the sky. Because we are finishing baseball season with the World Series, it seems as if the stars want to get in on the action.

    The authentic name for the baseball diamond in the sky is the “Great Square” although you could consider the full name and call it the “Great Square of Pegasus.” Strangely, only three of the four stars belong to the winged horse, Pegasus. One of the four stars belongs to Andromeda.

  • I’ve been telling you for years the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that’s true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants—crape myrtle—that are better planted in late winter and early spring.

  • Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on Oct. 5 with an evening packed full of activities, including a favorite foods fair, a 4-H themed cake decorating contest, entertainment, a movie and a time capsule dedication.

    The evening began as Brunswick County 4-H Council President Justin Simmons opened festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H pledge led by Brunswick County 4-H Council Secretary/Treasurer Perry Grosch.

  • One of North Carolina’s most popular, yet mistreated, landscape plants is the beautiful crape myrtle. Selected and prized for their long summer bloom period (often called the “plant of the 100-day bloom), cultivars have a range of flower colors, with an interesting seed head following the flower.

    Crape myrtles also have lustrous green leaves that change to bright fall colors, subtle to stunning multicolored bark, and unique winter architecture that makes this plant exceed most landscape choices for four-season interest and appeal.

  • Charlotte Ashley Roberts of Holden Beach and Benjamin Albert Baroody of Murrells Inlet, S.C., were married Oct. 3 at Holden Beach Chapel in Holden Beach. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Albert J. Baroody, cousin of the groom.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Virgil Roberts of Holden Beach and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roosevelt Roberts and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Hayes Ransom. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and is now an English major at Coastal Carolina University.

  • 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