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Today's Features

  • Jancy LaDane Hewett of Supply and Colvin Eugene Killian of Hickory were married June 13 at Dutchman Creek Park in Southport, with the Rev. Mark Owens officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Hewett of Supply and the granddaughter of Tracy and Dorothy Brown of Supply and the late Huey P. Hewett, W.B. Mintz and the late Virginia Mintz of Ash and Norris and Doris Hewett of Shallotte.

  • Whenever I write scriptural reflections, I begin by praying to God I might receive the word God wishes to impart—to me and to all who read my work. That is not usually the case with my newspaper columns. Typically, an idea or word or phrase or sentence pops into my mind and away I go. With God’s good grace, I rarely come up empty, but it does happen. It happened the week I began this column.

  • PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

    Calabash VFW Men's Auxiliary president Tony Nye is pictured serving happy fish-fry diners during this past Lenten season when record crowds attended the event. He gets his chance again when VFW Post 7288's famous Friday fish fry returns by popular demand for one night only from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. For only $9 per person diners will enjoy a huge serving of haddock, french fries and coleslaw. Homemade soup is available for $1 extra. Calabash VFW is located at 900 Carter Drive, and the event is open to the public. Questions may be called in to 579-3577.

  • The congregation of Saint Luke Evangelical Lutheran Church of Ocean Isle Beach dedicated its new sanctuary and administration building Aug. 2.

    Architect Nick Nye worked with R.H. McClure Builders with Cecil Wilkes acting as site supervisor throughout the project.

    The service featured music played on the new organ by Janette Schroeder, Saint Luke music director and William Glisson, representative of R.A. Daffler Church Organs Inc. The organ music was enhanced by trumpeters, Ed Gunther and Dillon O’Neal.

  • Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is having its grand opening for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, located beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • Flynn is a playful gray male tabby kitten who’s about 3 months old and has lots of personality. He was found wandering and homeless at Sunset Beach Town Hall. To see him, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Flynn, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Jupiter is making news with a personal appearance in our early evening sky.

    On July 19, a backyard astronomer was watching Jupiter and noticed a dark cloud at the bottom of it. As Jupiter spun, the cloud moved from the east horizon to center stage for a good view. The sky observer of this story was an avid sky watcher and knew from experience this was an historical event.

  • Gardens in our hot and wet climate tend to get a bit ragged around the edges. The leaf spots attack; slugs, snails and grasshoppers chew the foliage; weeds fill every possible void. Try not to let it get you down too much, though. The milder, and typically drier, weather of fall is great for lots of plants, so break out of your summer garden doldrums and get busy on some tasks to make the fall even better.

  • Pruning

    For additional flowering, deadheading some of your favorite flowers now may force them to bloom again in the fall. Light pruning may be performed for most landscape plants except those that you expect to have blooms from next spring such as azaleas. Storm damaged tissue may make it necessary to make heavier pruning cuts than normal to repair broken, leaning or dangerous limbs.

  • It is again time for the annual soil sampling promotion.

    Now is an excellent time to take soil samples. Submitting samples now results in receiving your analysis in three to four weeks or less rather than submitting in the winter, which will take 8-12 weeks minimum for results to be received.