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Today's Features

  • Two-thirds of the population of the United States is overweight, so lots of us are looking for ways to drop some pounds.

    Most want the quick fix with the latest magic pill or the 21st century equivalent of the grape fruit diet. While losing weight may be difficult, the basic concept is simple: burn more calories than you eat.

    If hanging out at the gym isn’t your cup of tea, try these tasks that will get your heart pumping and help your garden as we move into the cooler months of fall:

  • Just when you thought it was safe to go outside, along comes a host of other biters, stingers and other “ne’er do wells."

    Fire ants are on the prowl and are foraging for food and possibly just trying to get out of the heat and into our air-conditioned homes.

    Fire ants will be building and expanding their mounds throughout the rest of the warm season in preparation for winter. Treat mounds with fire ant baits or other commercially available control products. Please follow label directions for best control.

  • Individuals not planning to grow a fall garden should make it a practice to rid the garden site of old vegetable crop residue and weeds as soon as possible. Failure to destroy spent vegetable plants will likely increase insect and disease problems next season.

  • Jennifer Kathleen Polomis and Kristopher Scott-William Mackey, both of Bratenahl, Ohio, were married June 27 at Brunswick Plantation, with the Rev. John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of the late Michelle J. Polomis and the granddaughter of Dwight and Kathleen Peterson of Shallotte.

    She was given in marriage by her grandparents and escorted by her grandfather.

    The groom is the son of Thomas and Christine Mackey of Concord, Ohio.

  • Anna Milliken of Ash and Gary Woodard of Ash were married May 23 at Soldier Bay Baptist Church in Ash, with the Rev. Regan Mintz and the Rev. Charlie Smith officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Terry and Lois Milliken of Ash. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    She wore a strapless white gown by Justin Alexander with sweetheart neckline in soft satin and alencon lace, beaded with sequins and beads with a semi-cathedral-length train and a simple white veil.

    She carried a bouquet of stargazer lilies and hot pink and pale pink roses.

  • Larry and Crystal Helms of Supply are the parents of a son, William Joseph Helms, born at 4:45 a.m. June 29 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Grace Helms, 10.

    Maternal grnadparents are Harlee Bordeaux of Supply, the late Douglas L. McKeithan and the late Shirley Bordeaux.

    Paternal grandparents are Larry E. Helms Sr. and Beverly Helms of Supply.

  • Life can be funny. We make plans. God smiles. Stuff happens. How do I know this? I’ve read books that proclaim the fact. I’ve listened to people who have told me stories that verify it. Just this past week, my own life was suddenly, unexpectedly, turned around. All my plans went kaput. That’s how I know it.

  • Irene Dowdy took this photo of about 30 wood storks that visited the pond at Brick Landing on Friday during the rain.

     

  • David Combs of Sunset Beach took this photo around 11:45 p.m. Friday from the beach at Sunset Beach looking east toward Wilmington.The storm and lightning show went on for more than two hours. With the waxing moon and clear sky overhead it was eerie watching the cloud-to-cloud and cloud-to-ground lightning light up the sky and the ocean from 45 miles away as the storm relentlessly displayed its tremendous energy off the coast from Bald Head Island and Wilmington.

  • What could be easier than breakfast, lunch or dinner, all in one dish? With everyone looking for ways to spend what free time we have, these delicious, no-fuss meals are the perfect way to still enjoy our free time while spending less time in the kitchen.