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Today's Features

  • Bobby and Crystal Dameron of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Ayden Elizabeth Dameron, born at 1:43 p.m. May 18 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds and measured 20.25 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Teresa Tindal of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Maria Dameron of Bolivia and the late Jimmy Dameron.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Lewis of Shallotte and Lula Hawes of Shallotte.

     

  • Carey and April West of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Alexa Diane West, born at 8:41 p.m. June 3 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    She joins a brother Michael, 12, and a sister, Adryonna, 4.

    Maternal grandparents are Charles and Sherry Cox of Wallace.

    Paternal grandparents are George and Sheryln West of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Francis Cox of Wallace, Pauline Quick of Wallace and Alvin and Betty Williamson of Swansboro.

  • Justin and Sally Schutte Haddock are the parents of a daughter, Avery Hart Haddock, born at 7:32 a.m. March 19 at Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches.

    She joins a brother, J. Hunter Haddock, 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Donna Haddock of Durham.

    Great-grandfather is Jack Fulk of Charlotte.

  • We are all looking for justice. It is most apparent these days when it seems greed has overtaken our world, our way of life, our value systems, even our government. It has left us with a thirst for justice.

  • They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.

    Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.

    The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.

  • One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series:

  • Stefanie Jean Sands and John Andrew Farmer of Charlotte were married April 25 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Sands of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Mildred Noblett of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Johnny and Joy Farmer of Chesterfield, S.C.

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

  • It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.