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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • 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.