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Today's Features

  • Crape myrtles that have previously been topped can, to an extent, be “untopped.” Select two or three of the stronger shoots per topping knuckle (the knob that develops where the topping cut was made) and prune the others off. Then prune (head back) the selected shoots above outward facing buds to begin to develop a new branch pattern.

    The plant will never again have its true or natural crapemyrtle form, but it can be improved.

    The right way to prune

  • Poor Richard told us long ago an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old adage certainly fits when it comes to controlling the weeds in your centipede and St. Augustine lawns.

    An application of atrazine—commonly sold as Purge—this fall will control lots of weeds that are already there and keep many others from showing up later in the season.

  • Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia were married Sept. 12 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply.

    Judge Marion Warren officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Gene and Merle Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Sanford and Sandra Bath of Bolivia.

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

  • Laney Carmel Hawes of Shallotte and Robert Craig Pierce of Shallotte were married Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church of Wilmington. The Rev. Donnie King Jr., the bride’s brother, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Carmel Hawes of Wilmington. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Pierce III of Wilmington and Susanne Denton Pierce of Salisbury.

    Mary Staten of Raleigh and Brittany Wolf of New York City served as maids of honor.

  • Jokingly, I have sometimes commented any divorce possibilities for Dear Hubby and me will commence on a road trip.

    Similar in a multitude of ways, we part company seriously when it comes to driving and the abundant choices that come with the highways to be traveled, especially in unknown territories. Thankfully, our initial prayer upon entering the vehicle and putting on our seat belts begs for divine assistance, angelic presence and generalized removal from all possibility of injury—ours and others. We are happily ensconced in God’s presence. A GPS is unnecessary!

  • Rice is the most commonly used of all the grain products of the world. It is grown in many countries, but the United States has developed some of the finest types and varieties of rice, which have met with high favor at home and abroad.

    American rice, in fact, commands a premium in foreign markets. In this country, rice is produced chiefly in the states of Louisiana, Texas, Arkansas and California. Arkansas is the largest rice producing state, with California right behind.

    Cooking rice is easy

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder. I offer these suggestions for things to do this month:

    Gardening tips for October

  • From motor oil to bird droppings to pesticides, pollutants have to go somewhere when it rains. Usually it’s a quick trip to a nearby stream, river or lake. But it doesn’t have to be.

    As the population increases, and there’s more growth, there are more rooftops and driveways. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases, it goes directly into a stream really fast with whatever is in it.

  • Sherri Leigh Balkcum of Sunset Beach and Michael Dean Woolard of Sunset Beach were married Aug. 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, with magistrate Doug Todd officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Sandra Boseman of Rocky Mount and the late William Boseman and Earle and Jewel Balkcum of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Anna Oglesby of Rocky Mount and the late James Woolard.

    Christy Scott of Ash served as matron of honor, and Carl Scott of Ash served as best man.