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Today's Features

  • The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series:

  • Stefanie Jean Sands and John Andrew Farmer of Charlotte were married April 25 at St. Mary’s Chapel in Charlotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Jerry and Marsha Sands of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Mildred Noblett of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Johnny and Joy Farmer of Chesterfield, S.C.

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

  • It’s that time of year again. The local media has begun the annual hurricane awareness campaign. The “season” may last five months, but the advance warnings add both time and trepidation, giving us a six-month readiness program to offset the six-month reprieve.

    Kits, tracking maps and weather radios are available and urgently advised. Foodstuffs and important papers need to be acquired and safely stashed. Valuables must be secured. “Get ready for the big one,” is the articulated message. It is also the portent of a clear and present danger.

  • SOUTHPORT—Artists from both Carolinas and beyond have submitted their latest work for the new Summer Regional Show at Franklin Square Gallery.

    The juried exhibition runs Monday, June 22, through Saturday, July 18.

    Chairwoman Nancy Schulte describes the exhibit as a new adventure, with regional artists bringing their best work.

    The show is sponsored by Associated Artists of Southport as part of Fourth of July festivities.

  • Nearly two years ago, Jim and Peggy Grich pulled up stakes to launch the journey of a lifetime.

    They put their Brunswick County home up for sale and hit the road in their rolling home—a 2006 Monaco recreational vehicle.

    No, the Griches weren’t retiring or taking a permanent vacation.

    Their travels involve plenty of work with their TV show and Web site, “American RVer,” consisting of video podcasts of interesting people they meet along the way and blog postings documenting their adventures around the country.

  • Babie (ID No. A006990) is a black-and-white female American pit bull terrier that about a year old. She has been at the shelter since May 9. She is ready and waiting for a great new home. The shelter’s adoption fees are based on age. Adoption fees for dogs are $65 for ages 6 months or older, and $46 for dogs 5 months old or younger. Fees include rabies shot, physical exam, heartworm test (for older dogs only) and spay or neuter. Female cats and kittens, $55; includes physical exam, feline leukemia/FIV (feline HIV) tests, rabies vaccination and spay surgery.

  • Most cuts of beef come from either the front quarter or the hindquarter. The hindquarter is more expensive than the front quarter because you have better cuts in the hindquarter, including T-bone, sirloin, sirloin tips and filet mignon. The best cut from the front quarter is the rib steak (and roast) section.

    SHORT LOIN

  • Ask most people what they really want in a garden and they’ll say “color” right after they say “low maintenance.”

    What they really mean is they want something that looks great every day of the year and requires no work. I can’t help you much with that “no work” thing, but right now is a wonderful time for color in the garden.

  • A garden full of intoxicating fragrances can bring you bliss as well as attract pollinators. The scent of certain blooms can attract beneficial insects while simultaneously repelling insect pests.

    What are the best scents for me to plant in my garden? The answer is you should collect the scents that have the most meaning for you.

    Just a whiff of lilies, jasmine, or angel trumpets can bring back pleasant memories of times past. Make the smell and memory link work for you and use your olfactory senses when making your choices of garden additions.