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Today's Features

  • My aunt and uncle were from Beaver Falls in western Pennsylvania, which is about 20 miles from Pittsburgh. We always enjoyed going there, especially when Aunt Jeanne was going to have some “halushki.”

  • Spring is our most colorful time of year in the garden. Camellias are finishing up just in time to let flowering dogwoods and azaleas take center stage.

    In the midst of all of this beauty, here are a few of my garden observations about all of the beauty and some potential disease problems.

  • Spring has arrived and people are in a hurry to spruce up their yards. There are a few things that need more time to pass before doing. Hopefully, the pine pollen problem will be ending as you read this.

  • Jennifer Lynn Johnson of Leland and Blaine Tucker Cully of Ocean Isle Beach were married Dec. 13 at Jennies Branch Baptist Church in Shallotte.

    The Rev. David Helms officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs Keith Johnson of Fayetteville and the granddaughter of Louise Rochetti of Linden and the late Abraham Rocchetti; Frances Melvin of Erwin and Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Johnson of Fayetteville.

  • As you plan your vegetable garden, you will choose what vegetables you wish to grow and you should also choose which plants would attract beneficial insects.

    A garden insectary is a small garden plot of flowering plants designed to attract and harbor beneficial insects. These “good insects” prey on many common garden insect pests and offer the gardener a safer, natural alternative to pesticides.

  • Mr. and Mrs. James E. Lewis of Shallotte announce the marriage of their daughter, Jennifer Lynn, to Mr. Johnathan Charles Chastain, Dec. 20, 2008 at St. Luke Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Henry B. Rehder officating the renewal of vows.

    The couple’s original wedding ceremony took place Dec. 21, 2007, before the groom’s second deployment to Iraq.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles W. Chastain of Hayden, Ala., and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Emmitt Chastain and Mrs. and Mrs. Edsell Vaughn.

  • My grandson is a member of the redoing club. Apparently, his grades are indicative of a certain degree of disinterest. Perhaps he doesn’t understand the adage that haste makes waste. It might be he is communicating his boredom with some subjects.

    Whatever the cause, the “cure”—one is committed not to consider it punishment—is to “re-do.” He must address the subject matter at hand until he gets it completely correct. I neglected to ask if his grade would be calculated on the first, last, or any in-between attempt!

  • SUPPLY—Local officials, celebrities, business leaders and the defending champion have signed on to cut a rug this year for the second annual “Dancing with the Brunswick County Stars” to benefit the Brunswick Community College Foundation.

    Thursday morning, organizers gathered at BCC’s Odell Williamson Auditorium to announce the participants in this year’s event, scheduled for Aug. 28 at Sea Trail Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

  •  STAFF PHOTO BY LAURA LEWIS

     

    Tabby Tabitha

  • Once again, it’s time to fire up those outdoor grills and enjoy some great home-grilled cuisine.

    Grilling has become unbelievably popular, but I have found, though, there is a misconception concerning outdoor cooking. Most everyone assumes if you’re cooking outside, then you’re barbecuing. Not so.

    When barbecuing, one must utilize an indirect heat source that produces smoke or heat to cook the meat. This process usually takes more time than other types of cooking, depending upon the type and size of meat.