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Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Kernette Abel of Ash and Steven Clayton Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Ann Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Shepherds Assembly Church in Shallotte.

  • It was an action movie replete with the usual, and I suspect requisite, murder, mayhem and deleterious mischief. Released in 2005, I had not seen it until my visiting grandchildren borrowed the video from a friend. After their departure, I decided to give myself a “movie afternoon”—no popcorn—just me and the DVD on my computer.

  • School may be starting next week, but it’s still summer fun-time in Brunswick County.

    Free summer concerts and movies staged by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation continue through September in Ocean Isle Beach, downtown Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the relaxing evenings and lineup of entertainment still remaining in the season.

    Thanks to the generosity of local community sponsors, a variety of music and movies are offered at no cost to the audience, although cash donations for local food pantries are being accepted.

  • SUNSET HARBOR—From a cozy fireplace to an outdoor kitchen to an upstairs “sleeping porch” complete with hanging bed, the Coastal Living Idea House in the Seawatch community has ideas for every taste.

    That’s the purpose of the magazine’s annual Idea House, which opens for tours to provide customers with ideas for their own homes. Each year, the idea house uses materials from national sponsors as well as local and regional providers to create a one-of-a-kind dream home for touring and to feature in the magazine.

  • Six minutes. Look at the clock. What can you accomplish—start to finish—in six minutes?

    Six minutes is the amount of time David Smith had between death and life and in those six minutes, a team of local basketball players pulled him back to life.

    Bill Davis of Boiling Spring Lakes arranged for a group of Brunswick County men to gather at Supply Elementary School every Monday and Wednesday to play basketball.

    On July 8, Jim Dieudonne, Mike Sullivan, “Chopper” and Gerry Bradley joined Smith and others on the court.

  • Saltimbocca is a dish made traditionally with veal, but also with chicken or pork, in combination with prosciutto and fresh sage leaves, sometimes including a slice of Italian Fontina cheese and even topped with capers.

    Italian for “jumps in the mouth,” saltimbocca is a dish that you just want to keep eating because it tastes so good.

  • It’s easy to get excited about the superstars of the garden—roses, crape myrtles, azaleas and gardenias. When their time to shine arrives, it’s greeted with ooh’s and aah’s from all fortunate enough to bask in their glory. But what about the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the plant world that just “don’t get no respect?"

  • Some issues of mulching seem to always crop up each year. Some people are afraid they may attract undesirables—namely termites. Before we proceed on the “path of green living,” let’s revisit what Mike Waldvogel, extension specialist from N.C. State, has to say about the use of mulch and the presence of termites:

    The bottom line

  • It is that time of year when the Master Gardener information phone starts to ring off the hook. Homeowners who have centipedegrass in their yards realize there is something wrong with the grass. It is dying in places, usually in a circular pattern.

    Centipede, as well as the other three warm season grasses, are susceptible to a disease referred to as large patch. It is a difficult disease to control and can usually only be controlled from late August-October.

  • Mary Stephanie Brown and Albert Hemingway Parker III were married April 4 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    The Rev. Richard Vaughan of Shallotte officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown of Supply and the granddaughter of Mary Simmons and Frances Brown of Supply and the late Rudy Simmons and Stanton Brown.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Parker of Supply and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parker of Supply, Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.