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Today's Features

  • The trend toward cooler weather is welcomed by most of us but it can be accompanied by some unwelcome insect visitors.

    Polistes or paper wasp colonies are beginning to die out and so some of the remaining workers (who will croak eventually) along with next year’s crop of queens are likely to start bailing out of nests.

  • Pamela W. Dew and husband Christopher of Ocean Isle Beach and Gary L. Bozeman of Shallotte announce the engagement of their daughter, Denise A. Bozeman, to Jeremy C. Dixon, son of Donni Dixon of Alcolu, S.C., and Terry C. Dixon of New Bern. A July 10, 2010, wedding is planned at Abilena Plantation on the Neuse River in New Bern.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Jack McRoberts of Ocean Isle Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Jennifer Helene McRoberts, to Darren Michael Otto, both of Charlotte. A May wedding is planned.

  • I was in a gloomy mood, alerting my husband to the fact I really did not want to view anything that engaged my brain and ready to succumb only to mind-numbing television programs. But the set was tuned to Book TV and I got hooked on a program featuring Dr. Kit Yarrow and her recently published book, “GenBuy.” What I learned gave me pause, to say the least.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    NON-FICTION

    “Through it All” by Christine King Farris. A unique, intimate portrait of the Kings, written as only a beloved elder sibling of Dr. Martin L King Jr. could, with insight, tenderness and wisdom.

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    Cuc-a-lor-us: 1. a film set apparatus placed in front of a light source to create a dappled lighting effect on a subject or background. 2. a film festival set in Wilmington

    Cucalorus is celebrating its 15th anniversary this week as an international film festival in the historic port city of Wilmington.

    Named one of the “Top 25 Coolest Film Festivals” by Moviemaker Magazine, the festival is non-competitive to create a laid-back atmosphere and foster open dialogue, where filmmakers and audiences feel free to share stories and socialize.

  • With more than 30 years of experience painting colorful advertisements for golf courses, restaurants and all kinds of small businesses, Shallotte’s Buddy Norris will always call himself a sign painter.

    He hand paints signs and posters for friends and family members and for himself—just to keep his creative juices flowing—but the realities of the business have changed. These days, customers prefer letters designed on computers and cut out on vinyl.

  • The stars marked a change of seasons for early man. For modern man, the store shelves mark the changing seasons. We just watched as Halloween turned into Thanksgiving and Christmas on store shelves.

    Looking into the night sky you can see the stars marking the same changes as they did long before the stores shelves. The Summer Triangle has moved into the western sky during early evening. The Great Square of Pegasus has moved overhead and a famous bright star is low in the east, we call this star Capella.

  • It’s the time of year when all manner of ghouls and goblins are on the prowl. With this mayhem on my mind, I started thinking about some of the horticultural nightmares I’ve had this year. Luckily, it’s a pretty short list.

  • We have been patient and now it is November and the days are cooler and shorter.

    It is time to finally plant our spring blooming bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips all have pointed tops; plant that end up. Bulbs that don’t have an obvious point often have traces of old roots on the bottom, so plant that end down. You can plant tulips in our area and enjoy them next spring, but do not expect them to flower again in future years.