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Today's Features

  • CALABASH—Fried fish is already a buzzword in the seafood capital, but during Lent it takes on renewed meaning at Calabash VFW Post 7288.

    On Friday, Feb. 27, the post once again started cooking up its annual Friday-night fish fries that continue until April 10.

    “Welcome to our madhouse,” joked Trish McCormick as she and her husband, Bill, and other VFW volunteers toiled in the kitchen at one of the weekly Lenten fish fries March 6.

  • Get ready to be entranced by laser shows this weekend in Ingram Planetarium’s Sky Theater this Friday and Saturday night in Sunset Beach.

    The shows are among the planetarium’s lineup of heavenly astronomy and science programs for all ages in its 85-seat theater. All shows are one hour or less. Laser shows are staged the third Friday and Saturday of the month.

    The planetarium’s laser projection system, unveiled last November, consists of full-color animation lights choreographed to music and a new 5.1 surround-sound system.

  • Do you instinctively grab the phone to order Chinese food every time you crave something different? If you do, why not try a Chinese cook-in instead of take-out? Homemade Chinese food is a lot easier to prepare than you might think.

    You don’t have to have a lot of special cookware or buy fancy ingredients to prepare some great Chinese food. Just use items you already have in your pantry. You don’t need to own a wok to cook your own Chinese food, just use any frying pan (deeper the better). If you do own a wok, all the better.

    Avoid those extra shopping trips

  • In case you haven’t noticed, it gets pretty hot in southeastern North Carolina in the summer. Add the humidity, lots of poorly drained soils and, sometimes, excessive rainfall, and you have a recipe for disaster for many of the plants we like to grow, such as azalea, camellia, gardenia and Japanese hollies.

    Take a cue from our old buddy “Poor Richard” who was fond of saying “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.”

  • I have been having a number of clients calling about weed control in their landscape. Some products come with a hefty price tag to them, and people are always looking for a bargain or for a cheaper alternative.

    I just had a client call me about the use of Image to control nutsedge and wild onions in her lawn. She was advised to use Image or 2,4-D. Follow along with what could happen if you don’t read the label.

  • With the number of new housing developments and new folks to this area, it is time to do a series on making the backyard and wooded areas attractive to wildlife. The first couple of articles will look at ways to invite birds to your area.

  • Debra J. Long of Shallotte and Jared Cox of Ash were married Oct. 25, 2008, at Caldonia Golf and Fish Club, with the Rev. Phil Norris officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Grady and Peggy Long of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Tom and Pam Anello of Ash.

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

    The bride wore a white strapless gown with a ballgown skirt and semi-cathedral train, rouched bustline with a semi-sweetheart neckline.Cameo designs with sequins and bugle beads adorned the fitted bodice, skirt and train.

  • Announcement is made of the upcoming marriage of Maria Daniels and Marvin Porter of Longwood. The bride-elect is the daughter of William and Ida Moody of Longwood. The prospective groom is the son of Jeanette and Ben Brand. An April 4 wedding is planned in Longwood, with the Rev. M.C. Herring officiating.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ashley Lauster and Justin Swaim, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach and Frederick Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y. The prospective groom is the son of Marty and Kevin Middleton of Pleasant Garden, N.Y., and Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity. A May 9 wedding is planned on Holden Beach.

  • Eugene and Joyce Elliott of Supply celebrated 50 years of marriage March 15. They were married in 1959 at Cerro Gordo Baptist Church. They now have a large family including three daughters, Kipp Snell, Shannon Patterson and Stephanie Lindsey; a son, Travis Elliott; 10 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.