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Today's Features

  • Crystal Armakovitch and Christopher Locklear of Supply were married July 24. The bride is the daughter of Janice and Chester Moore of Supply. The groom is the son of Chriss and Barbara Locklear of Supply.

    Matron of honor was Eva Cummings. Best man was Rex King.

    The groom is employed at Coastal Carolina Construction.

    Following a honeymoon in Myrtle Beach, S.C., the couple resides in Supply.

  • Josh and Emily Burcham of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Emma Ann Burcham, born at 9:45 a.m. June 27 at Betty Clemons Wemont Children’s Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are John and Julie Rhodes of Shallotte and Tim and Tammy King of Ohio.

    Paternal grandparents are Kimberly and Bobby Burcham of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Emma Sonborn, Sue Sowers and Donnie Sowers, all of Ohio, Becky and Charlie Ray Singleton Sr. of Bullock and Barbara and Johnnie Ray Gore of Winnabow.

  • It all starts when the first AARP notification arrives. That hallmark of aging puts a new label onto the year 50 at the same time that some proclaim 50 as the new 30.

    Having approached, entered, and long since left that “middle age” marker, I now gasp as media reports identify a 70-year-old as elderly. 70! I have already left that number in the dust and gain both grace and confidence by reminding myself my mother is alive and kicking at 95 and a half.

  • It was flavor that drew me to corn. When they are fresh, pulled right from the fields, they are crisp and flavorful.

    Even though it’s available year round, I love corn in late summer when it is at its peak. Like tomatoes, corn is best when grown locally. Check out our local farm markets and farmers markets. Usually, the corn sold there has been picked that morning, unlike corn sold in the local super markets. Corn loses it freshness quickly.

    Corn Trivia

    Corn is grown on every continent except Antarctica.

  • Miller Pope, one of the founders of Sea Trail Resort and Conference Center in Sunset Beach, led a colorful life as a big-city freelance illustrator, businessman and world-traveling family man before finding his family’s “paradise” in Brunswick County in the 1970s.

    Now, he’s the owner of his own Island Press publishing house on Ocean Isle Beach and is in the business of writing books—specifically about what he’s learned about art, history and life in the 80 years of he’s watched the world change around him.

  • If you haven’t already figured it out, southeastern North Carolina is one of the worst places in the world to grow turf grasses. We sometimes have winter temperatures that cause injury to warm-season grasses like centipede and St. Augustine. It’s just too blasted hot in the summer for even the most heat-tolerant, cool-season grasses like tall fescue to survive. Throw in weeds, ground pearls, high pH, large patch, dollar spot, chinch bugs and all of the other issues and you have tough turf growing conditions.

  • Heat indexes are high and causing plants to flop from the hot dry “oven-like air.” Be sure to check your watering needs for your plants especially any new plantings. Here are some other timely tips for this time of year:

    Pruning

    For additional flowering, deadheading some of your favorite flowers now may force them to bloom again in the fall.

  • I am not talking about lawn here; I am talking about keeping our gardens free of unnecessary chemicals, saving energy and capturing and storing carbon. Extra water consumption, fertilizers and pesticides routinely used to coddle gardens account for large amounts of energy use along with carbon emissions. There are many simple and fairly easy steps we can all take to save energy and capture and store carbon in our gardens. The cool part of this endeavor is that we will also be lowering our energy bills as well as our physical labor.

  • Josh and Emily Burcham of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Emma Ann Burcham, born at 9:45 a.m. June 29 at Betty Clemons Wemont Children’s Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are John and Juli Rhodes of Shallotte and Tim and Tommy King of Ohio.

    Paternal grandparents are Kimberly and Bobby Burcham of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Emma Sonborn, Sue Sowers and Donnie Sowers, all of Ohio, Becky and Charlie Ray Singleton Jr. of Bullock, and Barbara and Johnnie Ray Gore of Winnabow.

  • Amanda Knight and Jared Berry of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Faye Elizabeth Berry, born at 2:23 p.m. June 7 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Michelle Bifano and Dennis Knight of North Carolina.

    Paternal grandmother is Tina Bowen of South Carolina.

    Great-grandparents are Sharon Knight and Dennis Knight of Supply and Joan Bowen and Nick Bowen of South Carolina.

    Great-great-grandparents are Leo and Louise Hewett of Supply.