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Today's Features

  • Sabbath rest—aach! Who could rest on this Sabbath? I know I could not. I did not! So much has happened. There is so much to tell. Where do I begin? How far back do I go to find the starting point? I don’t even know. But, sit...sit down and let me talk. Sometimes things unravel and make sense when I do that.

    It was just a few weeks ago when I first got uneasy feelings that something terrible was going to happen. There were rumblings in the street that the Pharisees and Sadducees had found someone else to bicker about.

  • St. Patrick’s Day was last week and some of our lawns are already “wearin’ a bit ‘o the green” because of some warm days. This move out of dormancy means that right now is the wrong time to stress your lawn with fertilizers or weed control products.

    Even though it seems illogical on the surface, one of the worst things you can do right now is apply nitrogen fertilizer to centipede, Bermuda, zoysia or St. Augustine lawns.

  • We are finally getting some warm and sunny weather and spring is here at last. This past winter had especially long periods of grey and chilly days; but the large variety of plants that bloom during the winter here in Zone 8 kept my spirit up. I enjoyed their colors and fragrance so much during the dreary days of winter that I vowed to spend more time this year adding more winter bloomers to my gardens.

  • Bradley and Becky Caison of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Addyson Nadine Caison, born at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 9 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    Maternal grandparents are Eddie and Dean Carroll of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Miller and Mamie Caison of Ash and the late Debbie Caison.

    Great-grandmother is Mable Hewett of Shallotte.

     

  • Don and Donnie Haigler of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family Saturday, March 13, in the fellowship hall of Seaside United Methodist Church. They were married March 12, 1960, in South Carolina, and lived in Monroe before moving to Sunset Beach in 1998. The celebration occasion was hosted by the Haiglers' children, Scott and Jeanette Haigler, and their grandchildren, Jason Haigler, Lauren Mullis and Ashley Haigler.

     

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kristy Yvonne Benton of Shallotte and Brandon Fulwood of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of William M. Benton and Ann F. Benton of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Dale Fulwood and Audria Fulwood of Shallotte. A May 1 wedding is planned at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

  • We are approaching the end of our 40-day Lenten journey. The shadow of the cross looms large on an ever-approaching horizon. We know too well the pain of Christianity, the pain of Christian living. We may well have cringed with that pain, moved to avoid it, missed its mark and sinned. But, even our sin should not disturb us and keep us from recognizing God’s love for us. That’s the real message Lenten message. Even our sin can be a catalyst to recognizing God’s love for us. It may be the greatest catalyst.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, which has led to creation of a close-knit group dubbing themselves the Pastel Sisters.

    Their resulting group show, "Pastel Sisters Show All," debuts with a reception 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.

  • While many of us will be having corned beef and cabbage this week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, myself included, I was thinking about the first time I can remember the aroma of cabbage cooking in the kitchen.

  • If there’s one food that really captures the essence of spring, it’s salad.

    A salad is the perfect way to use up leftover grilled chicken or steak. You can also use different types of lunchmeat, such as corned beef, ham, turkey and tuna on your salad. I even like to add various types of beans on mine. Try making your next salad with a sprinkling of kidney beans, garbanzos or black beans for a great tasting and satisfying topper.