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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • The Sea Trail Convention Center will be filled with big band sound at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 2, when the Brunswick Big Band returns to the area for a free concert.
    In addition to featured vocalist and Sunset Beach resident Linda Ladrick, the Brunswick Concert Band will also be on the afternoon’s program.
    Brunswick Big Band has performed at Sunset at Sunset for the last two years and the Party in the Yard in the summer of 2009.

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, April 26
    Barbecue pork, baked beans, cole slaw, apple cobbler, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, April 27
    Chicken Parmesan/marinara sauce, pasta, vegetable blend, peaches, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, April 28
    Beef stew with vegetable, brown rice, blend juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

  • In our area, fresh asparagus season usually begins around late March to early April and lasts until the hot summer weather begins, around June or July. Even though it’s available year round, it tastes so much better in the spring.
    Asparagus is also one of the healthiest vegetables to eat, containing essential vitamins and minerals and is low in calories. It can be grilled, roasted, steamed, boiled, stir-fried or used in many soups, salads and casseroles.

  • The Camp Invention program is coming to Brunswick County Schools this summer.
    A week of daytime excitement, children are immersed in imaginative play that reinforces and supplements school-year learning through inquiry-based activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM), history and the arts.
    The Camp Invention program helps cultivate the ideas critical to STEM by encouraging exploration and curiosity during everyday activities so children understand science is everywhere.