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Today's Features

  • I’m not really a big fan of peas, but I serve them whenever my wife has a craving, which is quite often.
    I always try to keep at least two bags of frozen peas in the freezer-one to satisfy my wife’s craving and the other for an impromptu ice pack when the need arises.

  • Are you enjoying the spring weather? Are you enjoying the spring night sky? More spring star groups are coming into view for our early evening enjoyment.

  • The U.S. Coast Guard Station–Oak Island is gearing up for its fifth annual Station Oak Island Safety Day and Expo from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 5. There is no admission, parking is free and close by.
    There will be exhibits by Southport, Oak Island, Caswell Beach Police, fire and EMS departments plus N.C. Fish and Wildlife officers and Brunswick County Sheriff’s office and its new helicopter. U.S. Coast Guard LifeFlyte and Sable helicopters will also be on display.

  • The following new books are available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.
    NON: FICTION
    “Americans In Paris” by Charles Glass. Tales of adventure, intrigue, passion, deceit and survival under the brutal Nazi occupation unfold through the eyes of the American citizens who lived through it all.
    “I Am Ozzy” by John Michael Osbourne. He was just a working-class kid from Aston who quit his job in the factory and went looking for a good time; the story of Ozzy Osbourne.

  • I am a sign reader. I read billboards. I look for indicators of change. I observe gestures, facial expressions—all to understand more clearly the nonverbal messages being delivered. I am not always accurate in my assessment, but I definitely believe there is power to be harnessed in the signs.

  • Kevin and Denise Caudle of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Bailey Rae Caudle, born at 10:32 p.m., Feb. 27, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.
    She joins brothers, Jonah, 6, and Noah, 6.
    Maternal grandparents are Brenda and Billy Stidham of Bolivia.
    Paternal grandparents are Irene and Ronnie Caudle of Ocean Isle Beach.
    Great-grandfather is Mitchell Dunn of Star. Aunt and uncle are Angela and Jimmy Phelps of Winnabow.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Loria Hill and Donald Mason. They will celebrate their wedding at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church. A reception will follow from 5-9 p.m. at the Lockwood Folly Community Building.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jessica Marie Hewett of Supply and Christopher Robin Williams of Jacksonville. The bride-elect is the daughter of Douglas L. Hewett and Pamela G. Hewett of Supply. She will graduate this year from UNC Chapel Hill. The prospective groom is the son of Paula Johnson and Robin Williams of Massachusetts. He is a staff sergeant in the U.S. Marine Corps. A May 16 wedding is planned at Supply Baptist Church.

  • Since 1998, 23 Encore azalea selections have been released to the public and have become one of the nursery world’s favorite plants to applaud. The Encore extends the usual azalea blooming season into the fall.
    The new hybrids provide the traditional spring display during March and April, but they also bloom again in the fall.

  • The flower show from our evergreen azaleas got started a bit late this year, but it has been spectacular. Even those of us who have struggled with these sometimes-finicky plants can be seduced by the sheer volume and beauty of the flowers.
    Want to know the secret to growing great azaleas? The secret is really no secret at all. You have to do a good job of preparing the soil and choose the right location.