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Today's Features

  • Lately, it seems death has deluged my life. One after another of my friends and acquaintances have left this earthly existence to enter a phenomenally new life.

    While this is inevitable and—in a profound understanding—an enviable occurrence, it is also produces a heartbreaking ache, an acute sense of absence, and an intense realization now is the only moment we have.

  • ATMC’s 52nd annual meeting was an evening filled with fun and excitement, with more than 2,700 people gathering at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College to enjoy festivities.

    A barbecue pork and fried chicken dinner was served, along with homemade ice cream.

  • The following books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    FICTION

    “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt. Accused of murdering a police officer he held responsible for the tragic death of his wife, Professor Dennis Thomas implores high-profile lawyer Ben Kincaid to defend him.

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

    FICTION

    “There Goes The Bride” by M.C. Beaton. An Agatha Raisen mystery.

    “The Chocolate Cupid Killings” by Joanna Carl. A Chocolate mystery with tasty chocolate trivia.

    “Forgiven” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Impossible to forget long after the story is done.

    “Wanted” by Shelley Shepard Gray. A beautiful love story in the “Sisters of the Heart” series.

  • Ghosts, goblins and ghouls were aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina last Friday. Their mission? To frighten all who entered.

    The U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina opened its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Oct.16 for the Ghost Ship--a haunted battleship. With 942 visitors on opening night, Danielle Wallace, battleship programs director, saw her vision, and many months of planning, become a reality.

    Wallace and the battleship staff began preparing for this event in July. She channeled her own fears and used them for inspiration in this year’s ghost ship design.

  • Pumpkin Day—a daylong celebration of fall—is set for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at Indigo Farms, a historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads.

    Celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins during the annual event scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • October is a great month for stargazing. The summer heat has died down, there are fewer bugs, and there is a big baseball diamond in the sky. Because we are finishing baseball season with the World Series, it seems as if the stars want to get in on the action.

    The authentic name for the baseball diamond in the sky is the “Great Square” although you could consider the full name and call it the “Great Square of Pegasus.” Strangely, only three of the four stars belong to the winged horse, Pegasus. One of the four stars belongs to Andromeda.

  • I’ve been telling you for years the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that’s true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants—crape myrtle—that are better planted in late winter and early spring.

  • Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on Oct. 5 with an evening packed full of activities, including a favorite foods fair, a 4-H themed cake decorating contest, entertainment, a movie and a time capsule dedication.

    The evening began as Brunswick County 4-H Council President Justin Simmons opened festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H pledge led by Brunswick County 4-H Council Secretary/Treasurer Perry Grosch.

  • One of North Carolina’s most popular, yet mistreated, landscape plants is the beautiful crape myrtle. Selected and prized for their long summer bloom period (often called the “plant of the 100-day bloom), cultivars have a range of flower colors, with an interesting seed head following the flower.

    Crape myrtles also have lustrous green leaves that change to bright fall colors, subtle to stunning multicolored bark, and unique winter architecture that makes this plant exceed most landscape choices for four-season interest and appeal.