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Today's Features

  • SOUTHPORT—Artists from both Carolinas and beyond have submitted their latest work for the new Summer Regional Show at Franklin Square Gallery.

    The juried exhibition runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, July 18.

    Chairwoman Nancy Schulte describes the exhibit as a new adventure, with regional artists bringing their best work.

    The show is sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport as part of Fourth of July festivities.

  • Nearly two years ago, Jim and Peggy Grich pulled up stakes to launch the journey of a lifetime.

    They put their Brunswick County home up for sale and hit the road in their rolling home—a 2006 Monaco recreational vehicle.

    No, the Griches weren’t retiring or taking a permanent vacation.

    Their travels involve plenty of work with their TV show and Web site, “American RVer,” consisting of video podcasts of interesting people they meet along the way and blog postings documenting their adventures around the country.

  • Babie (ID No. A006990) is a black-and-white female American pit bull terrier that about a year old. She has been at the shelter since May 9. She is ready and waiting for a great new home. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Most cuts of beef come from either the front quarter or the hindquarter. The hindquarter is more expensive than the front quarter because you have better cuts in the hindquarter, including T-bone, sirloin, sirloin tips and filet mignon. The best cut from the front quarter is the rib steak (and roast) section.

    SHORT LOIN

  • Ask most people what they really want in a garden and they’ll say “color” right after they say “low maintenance.”

    What they really mean is they want something that looks great every day of the year and requires no work. I can’t help you much with that “no work” thing, but right now is a wonderful time for color in the garden.

  • A garden full of intoxicating fragrances can bring you bliss as well as attract pollinators. The scent of certain blooms can attract beneficial insects while simultaneously repelling insect pests.

    What are the best scents for me to plant in my garden? The answer is you should collect the scents that have the most meaning for you.

    Just a whiff of lilies, jasmine, or angel trumpets can bring back pleasant memories of times past. Make the smell and memory link work for you and use your olfactory senses when making your choices of garden additions.

  • Jennifer Claire Grissett and Matthew Scott Bookout of Shallotte were married May 16 by the lake at his parents’ home.

    The Rev. James Taylor officiated the double ring ceremony.

    The bride is the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Walter Grissett of Supply. The groom is the son of Scott and Janet Bookout of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father to the trains of “The Wedding March” on bagpipes.

  • Marvin B. and Dianah L. Allbritton will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on June 7. They were married June 7, 1969, in Orlando, Fla. They have retired to Ash. They are planning a weekend getaway to celebrate their anniversary. Their daughter, the late Kari Leigh Allbritton, was killed in an accident in April 1992. They have two sons. Their son Kevin Bert Allbritton lives in St. Cloud, Fla., with Heather Langville and their four children. Their son Kristopher John Allbritton with his wife Rachel Allbritton and his son live in Marietta, Ga.

  • We trudge along, immersed in the day-to-day challenges, opportunities, joys and sorrows. Every once in a while, we stop to take stock of our life, to evaluate our existence, and to ask the question: “What is the measure of a man...of a woman?” How does one reckon righteousness?

  • Where do all the newspapers go that are delivered or brought into households each day? My guess is most of them end up in the garbage and then taken to the landfill.