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Today's Features

  • Gunter graduates
    Melissa Jean Gunter of Southport graduated from Samford University during spring commencement on May 14.
    Gunter earned a bachelor of arts degree.
    Founded in 1841, Samford is the largest private university in Alabama with more than 4,700 undergraduate and graduate students enrolled annually. The university offers undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees in eight schools: arts, arts and sciences, business, divinity, education, law, nursing and pharmacy.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—A week before Father’s Day, Tom Buzinski was remembering his only son, Keith.

    Army Sgt. Keith Buzinski, killed April 7 by small-arms insurgent fire while serving in Logar, Afghanistan, “was a good soldier,” he said, showing photos and mementos covering his son’s 26 years of life. Keith was killed just two months before his 27th birthday on June 2.

  • With a little good-natured competition, the 329 local American Legion Posts of North Carolina collect pull-tabs over the course of the year, which are brought in at the June convention and fall and mid-winter conferences where they are weighed and taken for recycling. Proceeds benefit The Ronald McDonald House of Durham.

  • The St. James Service Club recently announced the awarding of $2,000 scholarships to six high school seniors through its scholarship program. Receiving scholarships were: Esly Nunez-Cornejo and Anna Ga-Wai Zeng from West Brunswick High School; Mackensie J. Pless and Kalani Doyle from South Brunswick High School; Alexia Shank from North Brunswick High School; and Caleb Strassberg from Brunswick Early College High School.

  • Zion Baptist plans jubilee
    Zion Baptist Church, 2668 Whiteville Road NW in Ash, will host the Brunswick Gospel Jubilee beginning at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8. Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall. Come and enjoy the songs about Jesus and fellowship with other Christians. Call Billy Hill at 209-4927.

  • Interestingly, I received a message containing the African proverb, “When a mountain is in your path, do not sit at its foot and cry. Get up and climb it.”
    Meant as encouragement, the statement came to me precisely at the moment when my personal mountain of pain and disability had me prostrate at its foot crying my heart out. Discouragement and despair marked my waking moments and disturbed what little sleep I could muster. All was not well, no matter the empowering words I had been given. On this day, I could not receive them.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement and forthcoming marriage of Katie Mae Parker and Brandon Garner, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Al and Ramona Parker of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Terry and Marilyn Garner of Laurinburg. A 4 p.m. Oct. 15 wedding is planned in Shallotte.

  • Have you ever walked out into your garden and found half-eaten plants in your landscape? If so, you, like many other residents, may be experiencing deer browsing.
    Deer populations are increasing and conflicts between deer and landscaped spaces are expected to increase as more rural areas develop. There are many perspectives on how wildlife interactions affect lives and properties. Some people enjoy seeing the deer in their yards and other people get extremely mad when the deer are browsing on their landscape plants.

  • Judy Koehly
    Master Gardener
    Organic gardeners depend on compost to grow their plants, but it is not the amount of nutrients in the compost that makes it so valuable. The fertility content of homemade compost is extremely variable (depending on the ingredients used to make it), and generally quite low.