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Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Lynn Hickman of Shallotte and Christopher Ray Grimm of New Martinsville, W.Va. The bride-elect is the daughter of Rhonda Wooten and stepdaughter of Edgar Wooten of Supply. She is a graduate of West Brunswick High School, UNC Wilmington and Webster University. The prospective groom is the son of Tawney Sizemore and Steve Grimm, both of New Martinsville, W.Va. He is a graduate of Magnolia High School and Western School of Health and Business. The wedding is planned for May 2 along the Intracoastal Waterway on Holden Beach.

  • Lloyd and Frances Sullivan of Shallotte celebrate 58 years of marriage April 23 at John and Brenda Sullivan’s house in Supply surrounded by family. They were married in 1951 and raised three sons.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Andrea Jean Caroll of Riegelwood and Sterling Bryan Pippin of Farmville. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Charles ‘Chip‘ Leo Carroll of Riegelwood. The prospective groom is the son of Dr. and Mrs. Richard Lee Pippin of Farmville. A June 6 wedding is planned at the Kelly House.

  • With curiosity and a tiny bit of trepidation, we walked into the fellowship hall of King of Glory Lutheran Church. A two-day workshop had been planned with nationally known speakers Marty Haugen and Susan Briehl, but none of us knew the specific content.

    The weather was glorious. Were we ready to sacrifice outdoor activities for indoor enlightenment? What if the message became too disconcerting, too challenging? What if it was just a repetition of all that we already knew and practiced? What were we to expect?

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Stacey Ann Hewett of Shallotte and Jordan Scott McCumbee of Ash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Lemon of Shallotte and Jimmy and Pam Hewett of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Dewayne and Marian McCumbee of Ash. A Sept. 5 wedding is planned at Premier Resorts at Barefoot Landing in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Dedicated readers of my ramblings know I have a soft spot for crape myrtles and Japanese maples. Even though my garden is so small you can’t cuss a cat without getting hair in your mouth, it now sports 11 different selections of Japanese maple.

  • When buying tomato seedlings, look for thick, straight stems, deep green leaves, avoid plants that have already started flowering or fruiting with no spots or signs of insects and look for a disease resistant variety.

  • The Kousa dogwood makes a beautiful tree-form with horizontal branches and is used in landscaping as a specimen plant, in borders and for accent plantings.

    Even though they are usually grown for decoration, they make an excellent patio-garden plant that will attract birds into your landscape. They are also highly resistant to dogwood borer and dogwood anthracnose problems, which have been plaguing flowering dogwoods in recent years.

  • Everyone at one time or another has been to a restaurant and had a really fantastic meal that you wish you could make at home. And you probably could, if only you knew the exact ingredients, how to prepare the special sauce and how long to cook it. But it always seems there’s an ingredient or two you’ve left out, as it just doesn’t taste quite the same as what you had in the restaurant.

  • There was lots of flash in Calabash on Saturday as more than 90 classic and collectible vehicles pulled into the parking lot of Calabash Fire Department for its first fundraising Show and Shine Car Show.

    As oldies music played in the background, the show and its many visitors spilled over into the adjacent Calabash Elks Lodge lot for the afternoon event that drew 96 spiffy and spit-shined cars, trucks and one motorcycle.