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Today's Features

  • There is likely no more potent a statement than one that begins with the words: “I believe.”

    Creeds are essential to our lives. They help us to formulate our thoughts, to focus on important matters and to empower our ability to change and be changed and to be transformed by truth.

    Creeds mark the starting point of our faithful responses, as well as the onset of possibilities. While they are not static or stagnant, they are also not so fluid as to be meaningless.

  • With family members looking on, Trenton Burney, a WBHS graduate and former athlete of the year, accepted a handshake from Vice President Joe Biden and a B.S. degree in administration from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co. on May 27.

    Burney is the son of Carol Ann Burney of Supply, paternal grandson of Ollie Beatrice Burney and the late Gaston Burney of Supply and maternal grandson of Macie and James Draughon of Supply.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—A historic church in this once-sleepy village is celebrating a 21st–century addition that literally was built on prayer.

    Next Sunday, Sept. 20, Little River United Methodist Church will consecrate its new 15,000-square-foot Life Center built in less than a year.

    Joan Moales, Christian education director and co-chair of the new addition’s week-long celebration that continues through Sept. 27, pointed out prayer has been their foundation.

  • You hear the mantra every year that “fall is for planting.” The cooler days and nights of autumn place less stress on the plants and allow them time to get roots established before the ravages of next summer’s heat.

    In fact, our soil temperatures rarely drop low enough to suspend root growth, so your new plants will be adding roots throughout the winter. If you’re like me and get bored easily, you’re always looking for new plants to add during this great planting time. I’ve included several for you to consider.

  • Some areas are having an excellent year for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. If you lose foliage from a deciduous tree this time of the year, it will not hurt the tree. The leaves have already produced plenty of food for the tree and they would fall anyway in another month.

    The main reason to kill these fall caterpillars would be to keep the droppings off the sidewalk or out of the pool. Any pesticide labeled for caterpillars would work. Be sure to use one labeled for fruits or nuts if you plan to spray something edible.

  • Many of my friends were talking about “Julie and Julia.” I got the clear message that I had to see that movie. Awakening on a Friday morning with an awful headache, I told myself that the perfect cure would be time spent in a darkened theater where I’d suspend any disbelief that was engendered by reviews that judged the film to be mediocre at best. Instead, I would focus on the story unfolding before me.

    If my headache disappeared, I’d give the movie an excellent rating. If not, I would still deem it time pleasantly spent.

  • Just in case a tropical storm or hurricane approaches our area, it would be nice to be prepared. This is a keeper to put on your refrigerator door for tips on how to deal with things…

    After the storm

  • A spate of recent feline returns, along with a promotion borrowed from the Michigan Humane Society, have spurred Cat Tails cat rescue to offer its own promotional adoption campaign for ‘certified pre-owned’ cats. A poster is being used during Cat Tails’ adopt-a-thons at PetSmart in Wilmington. Pictured is Billy Bob, an affectionate, playful orange 5-year-old adopted from Cat Tails in 2004. Billy Bob was recently returned to Cat Tails because a child in his household had an allergy. His front paws have been declawed.

  • If it’s September, it’s time to party hearty in the manner of Germany.

    Stage II Productions is celebrating the season with its annual Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Stage II Studio, 807 N. Howe St. in Southport behind Smithville Commons.

    Described as a celebration of beer, bratwurst and ballyhoo, highlights include traditional German food, drink and dancing to authentic music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band, described as the premier Oktoberfest band for Wilmington and the Cape Fear region.

  • The Brunswick County Parks & Recreation 2009 Amateur Photography Contest received 61 photo entries. They will be on display Sept. 6-26 at Franklin Square Art Gallery in Southport.

    The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Winning photographs will have ribbons affixed for identification of winners.

    Brunswick County Amateur Photography Contest 2009 winners:

    Best in Show

    “Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird” by Jerry Koons of Shallotte.

    Colors Rivers/Coasts