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Today's Features

  • April Ginger Varnam and Matthew Keith Owens, both of Ocean Isle Beach, were married Oct. 1 on Ocean Isle Beach. The Rev. Richard Vaughn officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Ronald and Jencie Varnam of Varnamtown. She was given in marriage by her parents.
    The groom is the son of Daniel and Beth Owens of Wake Forest.

  • TOPS to host open house Jan. 30
    January is International Open House month for all TOPS Club, Inc.(Take Off Pounds Sensibly) chapters.
    The local TOPS chapter in Supply will host an open house event at 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 30, at Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road in Supply, in the fellowship hall. Refreshments will be provided.
    TOPS was founded in 1948 and is a nonprofit weight loss support organization. Its international headquarters are in Milwaukee, Wis.

  • Thursday, Jan. 26
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • CALABASH—It started with assorted social gatherings, accompanied by delicious hors d’oeuvres.

     

    Whenever Sunset River Marketplace gallery stages an artsy gala or artist debut, inevitably patrons will ask who provided the tasty food.

     

    “We do it here,” gallery owner Ginny Lassiter said. “So we kind of jokingly started saying, ‘The Gallery Gals.’”

     

  • The McMullan family has made a donation to the Lower Cape Fear Hospice Foundation Closer to Home SECU Hospice House Capital Campaign to build an inpatient hospice facility in Brunswick County.
    In honor of the McMullan family’s pledge, a patient room patio garden will be named in memory of Vera “Grandma Mac” McMullan, who was served by Lower Cape Fear Hospice & LifeCareCenter.
    The family appreciated the care and support hospice provided.

  • Trinity UMC plans Sunday services
    “Bullied” will be the title of the Rev. Jeff Roberts’ and associate pastor Michelle Sabin’s sermons on Sunday, Jan. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport.
    Four worship services will be available: a casual service at 8 a.m., contemporary services at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. and a traditional service at 11 a.m. The 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m. services in Murrow Hall will have music by Promise, the Trinity worship band.

  • There were utterings and mutterings galore. It had continued for months. Hubby Dear was experiencing angst over the growing inadequacy of his hand-me-down desktop computer.

  • The Nature Conservancy acquired 463 acres in Brunswick County on Dec. 29. The property, which is on the east side of the Conservancy’s Green Swamp Preserve, includes 100 acres of longleaf pine. The conservancy hopes to plant additional longleaf pine on the tract, improving wildlife habitat.
    Longleaf pine is fire-dependent, so the area will be managed with controlled burning. Acquisition of the new property will also help the conservancy continue its restoration of longleaf pine in the Green Swamp.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and consumer Science Staff
    North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service Brunswick County Center

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Late January to early March is the time to do needed pruning on tree form crape myrtles. The important concept here is “needed” pruning. We aren’t going to dwell on the barbaric practice of topping these beautiful plants.
    If you have a size problem with a crape myrtle, this is the time to think about removing the plant and replacing it with a plant that better fits the space available. Do not give in to the practice of taking a saw and cutting these beautiful trees off at shoulder height.