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Today's Features

  • N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade in Southport was a hit with parade-goers of all ages. The annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors.

  • Summertime in southeastern North Carolina is a time for beach trips, popping the top on a cool one and shuffling your feet to some cool tunes from the likes of the Tams, the Drifters or one of my favorite one-hit-wonders—Cannonball.

  • There are several pest species of mole crickets. We have a native mole cricket in this area, but it is rarely a pest. It’s the introduced, or exotic, species that causes all the trouble. They were accidentally introduced to the southeastern United States in the early 1900s, almost certainly hitchhiking in ship’s ballast.

  • The following information on bagworm treatment, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and wooly planthoppers is based on information from N.C. State University and updated for southeastern North Carolina.

    A good time for bagworm treatment

    Bagworms are now large enough to notice and small enough they have not eaten much, yet! Bagworms have a wide host range; however, in landscapes they are usually associated with arborvitae, cedars, or junipers. Heavy populations can do considerable defoliation.

  • Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dana M. Stanley of Shallotte and David A. Sisk of Smithfield. The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary D. Stanley of Shallotte. The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield. A July 18 wedding is planned at Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Suzann and Jim Graf of Winnabow are the parents of a son, Samuel Joseph Graf, born at 11:54 a.m. June 19 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 22 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Bill and Linda Graf and Kathy Graf of Wisconsin.

  • Bible study groups abound in Brunswick County. They give witness to an innate human need and desire to know more about the word of God.

    Each major religion has its scriptures, written descriptions of God’s way. No matter how we name God, whether our approach is literal or not, it is apparent human beings are interested in discovering more about divinity, more about the Creator in whose image and likeness we are created.

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

    NON-FICTION

    “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” by Robin McGraw. Robin shares her journey, including the ups and downs, and the secrets for staying healthy and in shape.

    “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. The 101 truths that will save your waistline, and maybe even your life.

    FICTION

  • Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.