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Today's Features

  • Amanda Bowe and Michael Karkut, both of West Ashley, S.C., were married Nov. 7, 2010, at Eye Level Art in Charleston, S.C. Rae Woods officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Thomas Bowe of Sandwich Ill., and Marilyn Bowe of Pageland, S.C. She was given in marriage by her mother and father.

    The groom is the son of John and Barbara Karkut of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Matron of honor was Danielle Bowe of Pageland, S.C.

  • Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning; we aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants. 

    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.

  • Ah, February! The month when our minds turn to matters of the heart, jewelry and of course, chocolate. 

    Chocolate has always been considered a “guilty pleasure” but now there is a glimmer of hope…“healthy chocolate.” 

    Can it be? Healthy chocolate sounds like a dream come true but don’t expect it to gain status as a health food quite yet. More research will be needed to confirm chocolate’s role in heart health. 

  • Mole problems seem to be on the rise. Tunnels and more tunnels everywhere you turn, what can be done? How can we control these critters? First, we must be sure it is indeed a mole and not a vole.

    Moles have a hairless, pointed snout that extends out one-half inch in front of the mouth, tiny eyes and no external ears. Their large paddle-like forefeet and sharp claws enable the mole to swim through the soil. 

  • Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the ultimate fast food for family and guests-quick to prepare and low in fat. But if you’re like me, they can be boring.

    Before I share a few of my favorites, why not review the best way to sauté chicken breasts for tender, juicy, anything-but-boring results? You’ll need four boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 5 oz. each) for each dish of four servings.

  • Heart seminar is set for Feb. 17

    High blood pressure and cholesterol affect millions of Americans, and these issues can lead to serious heart health problems. Community members are encouraged to attend a free seminar presented by Brunswick Community Hospital on Thursday, Feb. 17. 

    James R. Harper, Jr., M.D., FACC, of Brunswick Heart Associates will discuss all aspects of heart health including ways to lower blood pressure, improve cholesterol and prevent future heart disease. 

  • A day of fellowship and spiritual renewal is just a few weeks away.

    For the third year in a row, Seaside United Methodist Church is hosting Women’s Day by the Sea. The event is traditionally on the last Saturday of February.

    The idea to host a women’s event arose after several church members attended woman’s day events in Myrtle Beach.

  • The Coastal Shag Club has announced its 2011 board members. They are Gary Sellers, president; Pat Boyd, vice resident; Joan Wurtz, treasurer; Pam Bruno, secretary; Mike Rogers, sergeant at arms; and board members Marc Meyer, Walt Luniewski, Claire Cozzi, Susan Eason and Sandy Keck.

    For more information on the Coastal Shag Club visit www.coastalshagclub.org.

  • The Carolina Shores Garden Club will have its annual scholarship luncheon and card party from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Ocean Gardens Buffet in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    This year’s theme is “Three Cheers for the Red, White and Blue.” There will be an extended buffet as well as a gift table.

    Tickets are $17 each with all proceeds going to scholarships for West Brunswick High School students. For tickets, call Elaine Southard at 575-0536.