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Today's Features

  • Blue Star Mothers seek names

    The Grand Strand Blue Star Mothers are collecting names and addresses of deployed service men and women for their annual Christmas box mailing. 

    Submit name(s) to Grandstrandbsm@yahoo.com or call (843) 390-5639. These names can be family members or friends. Submit names by Nov. 15.

    Boston butt sale to aid mom

  • Dana Gause gazed skyward, through the freshly installed wooden trusses of her Habitat for Humanity house where afternoon sunlight, rather than the previous week’s rains, poured through.

    “It’s a blessing,” said the Shallotte cook, recipient of Brunswick County’s first Women Build house, a Habitat project that drew more than 100 female volunteers from throughout the state for the week-long house-raising on Evans Circle that concluded Saturday. The event was orchestrated with assistance from the North Carolina Women’s Missionary Union.

  • The winner of a recent raffle at AMVETS (American Veterans) Post 906 in Boiling Spring Lakes was Jaime Jackson, a 25-year-old former resident of Wilmington and granddaughter of Jerry Wolf Sr., first vice commander of AMVETS Post 906, who purchased the winning raffle ticket as a gift for his granddaughter.

    Jaime and her husband Shane immediately donated $60 back to Post 906, stipulating that it be used to help provide hats for the Post’s men’s class B softball team entered in the Brunswick County Parks & Recreation League.

  • DAR to meet Oct. 13

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution will meet at 10 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 13, at Trinity United Methodist Church on E. Nash Street in Southport, across from the post office.

    The guest speaker will be Michael Craft, who will discuss the Iraq/Afghanistan war efforts.

  • Concert set at Seaside UMC

    The Carolina Master Chorale, directed by Dr. Timothy Koch, will present its gala season opening concert program, “Ain’t It a Pretty Night…at the Opera,” at 8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 22, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.

  • Franklin M. Utter, son of Jimmy and Dana Smith of Calabash, has been promoted to the rank of senior airmen in the U.S. Air Force. A communications and navigations specialist assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., he has served in the military for two years.

    Utter is a 2006 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • Some of these names you would recognize (Venus Flytrap, Ginseng), others are more obscure and slightly mystical (Queen of the prairie, small whorled pogonia), but they are all native to North Carolina and they are rare.

    These plants and more, totaling 412 endangered, threatened and special concern species, belong to all of the citizens of North Carolina, but are protected by only a small staff at the Department of Agriculture.

  • The drought was broken last week with 20-plus inches of rain in some areas. With the abrupt turn from very dry to very wet, lots of people have been asking me, “What does this mean to our lawns, shrubs and trees?” While certainly not a comprehensive list, here are some things to consider as autumn progresses.

  • A bulb garden is an easy garden to start because it only has to be planted once. However, when starting a new bulb patch, sometimes flowers that were planted by previous gardeners are unearthed. Use this guide to identify the most common garden bulbs and what they will turn into when in flower.