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Today's Features

  • Dana Carol Hamilton and James Jodale Hobbs were married Aug. 7 at the Southport Community Center, overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.
    The Rev. J.D. Simmons of Pine Valley Church of God officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hamilton III of Bolivia and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nichlious Corn II of Burnsville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamilton Jr.

  • Basil “Boomer” and Doerthe Needham of Carolina Shores celebrated 60 years of love and devotion at a family reunion Oct. 7-8 at several beachfront cottages in Sunset Beach. They met in 1942 in their high school math class in Bayside, N.Y., while competing for the best test grades in the class.
    Boomer joined the U.S. Naval Reserve in 1946, graduated from the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in 1950 and sailed as a deck officer with Grace Line for seven years, attaining the rank of lieutenant. He remained active in the U.S. Naval Reserve until 1957.

  • Japanese maples make quite a statement in the landscape. There are hundreds of named cultivars available. You can find them in just about any color from deep red foliage to bright green, creamy white, yellow, pink or orange.
    Almost any variety will have spectacular fall color along with an amazing architectural branching structure. Many varieties have colorful leaves throughout the season. Another benefit to these maples is they can tolerate some shade—not deep shade, but dappled light.

  • Cheryle Jones Syracuse
    Family and Consumer Science Staff
    N.C. Cooperative Extension
    Brunswick County Center


    Last week I talked about the potential food safety pitfalls of eating at your desk. Habitually eating at our desks can be hazardous to your health for a couple of other reasons.

  • Tom Woods
    Master Gardener

  • Back in 1683, many German-speaking people, including Mennonites from Switzerland and Holland and the Amish, an offshoot of the Mennonites, began migrating from Europe to Pennsylvania. They tilled the land and built big barns and homes.
    Since then, they have come to be known as the Pennsylvania Dutch.
    One of the more popular dishes was slippery pot pie, made with square noodle dough cooked with either beef or chicken and its broth, along with potatoes and onions. A crumb pie, called shoo-fly pie, and funeral pie, a combination of raisins and lemon, were also favored.

  • The most important decision you make for your pet
    Pet owners and veterinarians are always looking for that one tip, trick or advancement that will help pets live longer, healthier lives. Me, too. And I found it.
    The most important decision you make each day for your pet is what you feed it. Same goes for us. Of all the variables in life we can control, diet and nutrition have the greatest influence on health. Want your pet to live longer? Feed it well. You want to be functional well into your eighties? Start with how you’re fueling your body.

  • SOC (Save Our Community) hosted its fourth Youth Bible Quiz Bowl on Sept. 10 at St. James AMEZ Church in Southport.
    The program opened with the song, “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Deacon Norman Jones served as master of ceremony; Robin Bernard (Friendship Baptist Church) read the scripture from Matthew 19:14-19; and TyQuan Brown (First Baptist Church) prayed.

  • Bless your pet service is Oct. 1
    St. Paul’s Anglican Church is sponsoring the “Blessing of the Animals” from 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Calabash EMS, 9031 Beach Drive SW (across from Ace Hardware).

  • At best, life is a mystery to be celebrated. At worst, it is a problem to be solved. In either case, it is a topsy-turvy world of surprises. It is the experience of living with a God who is inscrutably transcendent. At the same time, this God holds out the ultimate promise of intimate presence. We read in Scripture: “I am the Savior of all peoples. Whatever their troubles, I will answer their cry, and I will always be their Lord.”