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Today's Features

  • Don and Donnie Haigler of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family Saturday, March 13, in the fellowship hall of Seaside United Methodist Church. They were married March 12, 1960, in South Carolina, and lived in Monroe before moving to Sunset Beach in 1998. The celebration occasion was hosted by the Haiglers' children, Scott and Jeanette Haigler, and their grandchildren, Jason Haigler, Lauren Mullis and Ashley Haigler.

     

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kristy Yvonne Benton of Shallotte and Brandon Fulwood of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of William M. Benton and Ann F. Benton of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Dale Fulwood and Audria Fulwood of Shallotte. A May 1 wedding is planned at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

  • We are approaching the end of our 40-day Lenten journey. The shadow of the cross looms large on an ever-approaching horizon. We know too well the pain of Christianity, the pain of Christian living. We may well have cringed with that pain, moved to avoid it, missed its mark and sinned. But, even our sin should not disturb us and keep us from recognizing God’s love for us. That’s the real message Lenten message. Even our sin can be a catalyst to recognizing God’s love for us. It may be the greatest catalyst.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, which has led to creation of a close-knit group dubbing themselves the Pastel Sisters.

    Their resulting group show, "Pastel Sisters Show All," debuts with a reception 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.

  • While many of us will be having corned beef and cabbage this week in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day, myself included, I was thinking about the first time I can remember the aroma of cabbage cooking in the kitchen.

  • If there’s one food that really captures the essence of spring, it’s salad.

    A salad is the perfect way to use up leftover grilled chicken or steak. You can also use different types of lunchmeat, such as corned beef, ham, turkey and tuna on your salad. I even like to add various types of beans on mine. Try making your next salad with a sprinkling of kidney beans, garbanzos or black beans for a great tasting and satisfying topper.

  • Luna-Toones is a fun-loving pit bull girl weighing about 40 pounds (full grown) and was a year old this past July. She plays well with other dogs and people, loves to go for walks, and likes to ride in the car. She needs a home that has high-energy owners who will love her for her cute personality. Paws Place is 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.

  • Ask a person the reason why early cultures divided the sky into constellations and most will say the typical reasons: to tell directions or to tell the seasons or maybe to tell time. They would all be grade-A answers.

  • A fellow came by the office last week with a clipping of a gorgeous evergreen shrub with fragrant light pink to almost white flowers. He had noticed the plant at his church and desperately wanted one for his home.

    The list of evergreen plants with fragrant blooms in March is pretty short, so I didn’t have any trouble identifying it as winter daphne or daphne odora. I had some trouble helping the gentlemen understand how to keep the plant alive once he added it to his garden.

  • There have been incoming calls on the Information Line recently concerning houseplants. Following are some secrets to keeping your houseplants happy.