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Today's Features

  • In this area of North Carolina, protecting your plants from cold is easy enough to do, since our winters are very mild; however, certain plants need protection from the cold to survive the winter months. Protecting your plants in winter does not mean you have to keep them warm; it simply means providing protection from damaging winds, snow, ice, alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and heat from the sun on very cold days.

  • Rebecca Stevens and Scott Wynne were married Nov. 1 at Faith Baptist Church in Bolivia, with the Rev. John Sellars officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Linda Stevens of Winnabow.

    The groom is the son of Albert and Wendy Wynne of Winnabow.

    Bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Matron of honor was Tamara Bernard, sister of the bride.

    Bridesmaids were Jennifer Holden, sister of the bride, Katie Moore and April Harvell, the groom’s cousin.

    Fower girl was Alexia Bernard, the bride’s niece.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Nekesha Randolph of Bolivia and Roderick Williams of Harrells. The bride-elect is the daughter of the Rev. and Mrs. Willie O. Randolph Jr. of Bolivia. The prospective groom is the son of Jeffrey and Hilda Draughon of Harrells and the late Robert Williams. A Dec. 20 wedding is planned at Macedonia Baptist Church in Wilmington.

  • Cane and Brea Faircloth of Holden Beach are the parents of a daughter, Isabella Grace Faircloth, born at 4:09 p.m. Nov. 5 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Maternal grandmother is Cathy C. Brown of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Sheri Fulford of Holden Beach and Jamie Faircloth of Columbus.

    Great-grandparents are Katherine Causey of Loris, S.C., Ina Lee Fulford of Holden Beach and Herman and Eric Faircloth of Holden Beach.

  • As we celebrate this Veterans Day, many names come to mind of people we know in Brunswick County that served their country with great honor.

    Some names are well known, and other names are less known. Nonetheless, they were heros. Many residents of Brunswick County are familiar with the name of Odell Williamson.

    Odell was a veteran and served as an Army pilot during World War II assigned to the 30th Division.

  • The cooler weather of autumn may not have completely shut our warm-season grasses down, but mowing is probably a moot point for most of us now. While you may be enjoying the lawn care break, you can do yourself lots of good in the ongoing battle on lawn weeds by striking early.

    Applied to centipede, St. Augustine and Bermuda lawns, atrazine will control some of the existing weeds and keep lots of other winter weeds from showing up.

    You may say, “Heck, I don’t see any weeds out there.” You may be right, but look closely.

  • If you haven’t seen the colorful fall foliage, then walk outside and take a look. Your eyes are in for a wonderful treat.

    Our botanical garden in Bolivia is peaking with many bright hues of yellow, red, orange and purple. I often hear we do not have any color change in southeastern North Carolina, but I beg to differ. There are a number of plants showing off right now, but hurry, it will not last.

    If you like what you see and want to add more color in your landscape, then jot down the names of the plants you like and plant them this fall.

  • For me, the word library conjures up images of cold, stone buildings. I can still smell the musty odor that lingered in the air, exciting the imagination and exacerbating an air of literary mystery.

    Order was paramount in that place. Books dared not venture from their Dewey Decimal System placement and readers dared not return them to a spot that differed from their original place.

  • GRISSETTOWN—All things Italian will be celebrated this Saturday at Silver Coast Winery, which is staging its annual Festa Italia 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

    The event kicks off with master of ceremonies Dave “The Bopper” Overby warming up the crowd with Italian songs.

    At noon, Larry Tanelli and the Paisans will perform until 3 p.m., bringing their renowned tribute to Louis Prima.

    Also at noon, the Carolinas Italian American Organization (CIAO) will be on hand to organize Festa Italia’s annual bocce tournament, which is open to everyone.

  • Do you hate it when you brown ground beef for tacos, chili, casseroles or spaghetti sauce and end up with large chunks that are hard to break down? Or maybe you just like it all chunky.

    When making spaghetti sauce, you’ll want to have the beef in small pieces, which gives the sauce a smoother texture and at the same time allows you to have meat with every bite. The same goes with chili, as it can be quite a messy food to eat with large pieces of ground beef clumped together.