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Today's Features

  • Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.

  • The city of Southport hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival each year, and this year’s festivities will take place July 1-4.

    Beach Day will kick off the celebration in Oak Island on Wednesday, July 1, starting with a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., followed by youth activities, all-day contests, a water rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., the Holiday Band from 6-9 p.m., a shag competition at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Ocean Crest Pier.

  • Just before dusk, the Lil’ David trawler set sail out of Holden Beach Marina bearing volunteers with Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    Their destination: southbound and down the Intracoastal Waterway, also known in boating lingo as “ICW.”

    Their mission: to check all navigational markers between Holden and Sunset beaches and report any that might be missing, damaged or malfunctioning.

  • Many of you have probably used a braising method when cooking meat or vegetables and didn’t even know it!

  • A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • I’ve loved crape myrtles since I ran over my mother’s tiny William Toovey with the lawn mower back in 1969. Forty years later, that plant is a gorgeous, 15-foot by 15-foot specimen. It’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.

    But every group of plants that includes so many diamonds always has some lumps of coal–—poorly adapted for many reasons. Here are some selections of crape myrtle you should avoid.

  • Insects and diseases are the scourges of summer for gardeners across North Carolina. We are beginning to see lots of insects and diseases in the landscape building up at this time.

    Insects

  • Now that we understand the biology and life cycle of the Japanese beetle, let’s get serious and talk about control.

    Commercial preparations of the Bacilluspopilliae (milky spore disease) offer some control as a long-lasting soil treatment. These spores infect and kill Japanese beetle grubs. The spores are then released into the soil and infect other grubs as they come in contact with the bacterial spores.

  • Amanda Mari Carter and Steven Parrish Jr. were married May 2 at Orton Plantation Gardens with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Bill and Rhoda Carter of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Steve and Sabrina Parrish of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    She wore a white satin Jasmine couture gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline, embellished with beading of pearls and rhinestones on the bodice and cathedral-length train.

  • Calabash cat

    Harriet Thompson, an employee at Waterfront Ice Cream and Coffee House in Calabash, visits with a friendly cat that visits the waterfront every day. Thompson buys special treats for the neutered feline.