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Today's Features

  • The Anointed Vessels Ministry, based in Ash, presented its first Easter season show in five years last week, “Glorious Impossible Too,” which told the story of Jesus’ life.

    The musical drama took place at the Can You Believe It Amphitheater in Ash, where the Rev. Diana Payne works every year to stage large-scale outdoor religious dramas for the public.

    The cast included people of all ages and brought the story of Jesus’ birth, ministry, death and resurrection to life and also connected it to the modern world.

  • How many of you have gone to the grocery store or butcher shop and picked up a London broil to bring home to cook? Ever wonder what cut of beef is it? I doubt if you’ll find it on a beef chart that shows the various cuts of beef from a steer.

  • The full moon of March has many faces or expressions people have claimed to see. We always see the same face of the moon; however, we have given it multiple personalities with all the names assigned to it, especially this month’s moon.

    Monday, March 29, marked the day of the full moon and if you were like me when gazing up in admiration, you might not have given thought to all the history that went along with this common astronomical event.

  • We’re working on our first full week of spring and that means lots of garden chores showing up on the honey-do list. If you’re still looking for something to do, go ahead and finish the pruning chores, fertilize your shrub beds if they need it and add a bit of fresh mulch. But, leave the lawn fertilizer in the bag for now and try to resist the urge to plant summer annuals unless you’re prepared to lose them to a late frost.

  • Window boxes enhance your surroundings wherever you live. They create a mini-garden. Use them for flowers, herbs or small vegetables. Just think, you can have a small herb garden right outside your kitchen window. You will be surprised by the impact of a window box at eye level that can be enjoyed from both inside and outside.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Robbie Miller of Shallotte announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashley Dawn Miller, to James Charles Lane, son of Mr. and Mrs. Eddie Lane of Lexington. The couple will be married at 6 p.m. June 5, at Governor Dudley's Mansion in Wilmington. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Randall and Jean Abernathy of Lynchburg, Va., and Kathryn Arnette of Dillon, S.C., and Ricky Miller of Surfside, S.C. She is a 2004 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte. She attended Brunswick Community College and is employed of Angelo's Bistro.

  • 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.