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Today's Features

  • CALABASH—Cary artist Nancy Hughes Miller is exhibiting her newest collection of oil paintings at Sunset River Marketplace from June 1 through July 11.

    The collection consists of just fewer than 20 works depicting the seashore and wetlands of Sunset Beach, where the artist has a second home.

    Miller’s inspiration is beauty in the landscape.

    “I’m always seeking to capture a bold yet quiet impression of nature, as the colors of sky, earth and water converge on the horizon,” she says.

  • Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Staff report

    Members of Blue Star Mothers of the Grand Strand are spreading the word and fliers about their cause—supporting adult children serving in all branches of the U.S. military.

    The chapter, formed in February 2008 in Little River, S.C., meets once a month at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River.

  • Mr. Murphy will quickly get your attention as he looks at you with such love and devotion and begs for your attention. He's a gentle, 1-year-old husky and shepherd mix who is housebroken, good-natured, and very adaptable. He would be great in any home; he just needs a chance. At 56 pounds, he's medium-sized and ready to go. Paws Place Animal Rescue is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • CALABASH—Sixty-five years ago this Saturday, as dawn was breaking over the choppy English Channel, 19-year-old Tom Koester was aboard one of the first U.S. landing crafts to reach Omaha Beach at the start of what has been recorded as the longest day in history.

    As they approached at H-hour—6:30 a.m.—at first it was a “picnic,” the Navy veteran said.

    When they were 200 yards from shore, however, German machine guns opened up from cliffs overlooking the beach.

  • History does not relate the identity of the person who first discovered the pleasure of a tomato eaten with fresh basil, or thought to combine sage with onion in a stuffing, or lamb with rosemary and garlic. We do know most of the flavor-enhancing herbs we enjoy today were prized by the earliest cultures to relieve diets that were often dull and limited.

  • Temperatures beyond the mid 80s have lots of folks heading for the air conditioner unless you’re like me and enjoy the heat. One of our favorite plants also really likes the heat—crape myrtle.

  • Turfgrass continues to come out of winter dormancy and with the expected high temperatures in the forecast, this means the grasses will really take off. Be sure to sharpen the blades on your mowing equipment. If the blades are too dull, the grass will have a uniform brownish-gray cast to it after mowing. Now is the time to fertilize your centipedegrass.

    Centipede prefers having just one application of fertilizer for the season and June is the best month to fertilize Centipede. One recommendation is to apply 10 pounds of 5-5-15 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of turf area.

  • Although daylilies are native to eastern Siberia, China, Japan and Korea, the plant has become a popular garden variety displayed throughout America.

  • Jessie Amber Nicole Faircloth and David Alton Bullard III of Supply were married May 2 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Gary Boling officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Philip and Beverly Faircloth of Supply.

    She was given in marriage by her daughters, Layla and Hayley, and escorted by Layla.

    She wore a white, ballerina-length halter-style dress with a princess silhouette and a sheer, fingertip length veil with diamond gemstones.

    She carried a bouquet of hot pink roses wrapped in ribbon.

  • Jennifer Kristen Farrand and Victor Burke Starling were married Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Beach Community Church in Sunset Beach.

    The Rev. Richard Farrand, father of the bride, officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Richard and Karen Farrand of Sunset Beach. She is a CPA and chief financial officer at Riverside Mattress Company in Fayetteville.

    The groom is the son of Billie Jean Starling Davis and the stepson of Donald Davis. He has been a police officer with the Fayetteville Police Department for more than 20 years.