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Today's Features

  • Here in the Southeast, we see many varieties of birds, some living here and some just passing through. Perhaps you have had some experience in attracting birds with man-made feeders, baths, and birdhouses.

    The addition of properly placed trees, shrubs, and plants can attract even more birds. Birds like a variety both in size and kind of planting. Variety in the plantings gives birds a choice of food—seeds, nuts, fruits, berries, flower nectar, etc.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Charlotte Ashley Roberts of Holden Beach and Benjamin Albert Barody of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C. Virgil Roberts of Holden Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Albert B. Barody of Florence, S.C. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at the Holden Beach Chapel.

  • Justin and Brittany Phillips of Bolivia are the parents of a daughter, LiliAna Marie Phillips, born at 9:37 a.m. Feb. 8 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 18 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Charles and Regina Brooks of Bolivia.

    Paternal grandmother is Jennie Spivey Knox of Ash.

  • “There’s no doubt about it!” How often have we said and heard those words? They were and are uttered with terrifying conviction.

    On the one hand, we know the truth, speak the truth, and command others to accept the truth because we have no doubt about it. On the other hand, a niggling feeling pervades that makes our truth a lie. If it’s not a lie, at least it is a concern about validity. “There’s no doubt about it” is now a sarcastic comment on the improbability of our ever getting the whole picture, intact and undeniable.

  • The Brunswick Arts Council’s Winter Art Show continues at Sunset River Studio in Calabash until Feb. 20.

    This year’s judge of two-dimensional art was Allesandro Giambra, a native of Torino, Italy, who now teaches fine art classes in Wilmington.

    Two-dimensional category winners included Richard Staat, who received the Victor Gerloven Award for Best in Show for his work “Seated Figure.”

    Linda Drye earned first place for her painting, “Lazy Palm Pony.”

  • Up until a few years ago, the only time I ever ate eggplant was when I went to a local restaurant and ordered “Eggplant Parmesan” smothered in a rich, marinara sauce.

    Then I started seeing many different varieties showing up in our local farmers’ markets and decided to investigate other uses for this deep purple tuber, varying in size from large globes to long, thin, zucchini-like shapes.

  • Even though that silly Pennsylvania groundhog predicted six more weeks of winter, I don’t think you’ll have to worry about that in our neck of the woods.

    After a cold blast, we’ve had a few warm days. That means it’s time to get some late winter chores done.

  • Spring is coming around the corner. I have made statements in the past calling for gardeners to be patient. I am about ready to cut you loose and let you go full steam ahead with your gardening activities, but let’s not go overboard.

    There are still cold days ahead and winter may not truly be over until mid-April. The last frost-free date is around April 20 for much of this area. That can vary by a couple of days either way depending on where you are in the county.

  • February is the ideal time to cut back ornamental grasses and liriope before new growth begins to emerge. For large pampas grass mounds, a hedge cutter or a chain saw does the job efficiently.

    Prune summer-flowering shrubs such as beautyberry, butterfly bush, Clethra, vitex and summer-blooming spireas in late winter to encourage lots of new growth and heavy flowering.

    Do not prune back hydrangeas, azaleas or other spring-blooming shrubs or you will loose this year’s blooms. Camellias can be pruned back after they have completed their blooming cycle.

  • I am always surprised by the suggestions I receive as topics for “A Second Look.”