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Today's Features

  • What could be easier than breakfast, lunch or dinner, all in one dish? With everyone looking for ways to spend what free time we have, these delicious, no-fuss meals are the perfect way to still enjoy our free time while spending less time in the kitchen.

  • For a number of years now since I’ve been “retired”. Friday evenings have been known as “Martini Friday,” as we bid ado to another work week. Before you even ask, we do limit our intake to a maximum of two martinis. Also, “real” martinis are only made with gin, but that’s another discussion for another day.

  • Local “swamp rock” band Blackwater Outlaws, based in Ash, are scheduled to play at the Friends of America Rally on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Holden, W.Va., alongside such venerable “outlaw” musicians as Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich.

    “We’re very excited,” said band member Travis Norris. “I’m kind of at a loss for words over how excited we are.”

  • You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”

    Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.

    It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”

  • One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-three selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the forms and flower colors.

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • The primary tip for this month is to avoid the heat. There will be better temperatures for gardening someday. The same 95-degree temperature you tolerate one day can give you heat exhaustion on another day; or more likely, the same temperature you tolerated as a kid can lay you out as an older adult.

    A headache and an upset stomach could be warning signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can be reversed if you cool off and rest.

  • Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on Large Patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus.

    To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of a nitrogen fertilizer at four to eight week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations.

  • Casey Elizabeth Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach and Bryan Scott Rowley of Southport were married July 12 on the Southport Waterfront.

    The bride is the daughter of Peggy and David Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Joseph Taylor Stanley.

    The bride’s niece, Brianna Leonard, served as flower girl.

    The groom is the son of Connie and Mike Rowley of Supply.

    His son, Bryce Edward Rowley, served as best man.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Hailee Nicole Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and Jeffrey Lynn Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The bride-elect is the daughter of Lee and Lisa Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Mickey and Vivan Smith of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Eva and Alan Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The couple was engaged on Holden Beach in June and will also spend their honeymoon at Holden Beach.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Kernette Abel of Ash and Steven Clayton Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Ann Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Shepherds Assembly Church in Shallotte.