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Today's Features

  • The stars marked a change of seasons for early man. For modern man, the store shelves mark the changing seasons. We just watched as Halloween turned into Thanksgiving and Christmas on store shelves.

    Looking into the night sky you can see the stars marking the same changes as they did long before the stores shelves. The Summer Triangle has moved into the western sky during early evening. The Great Square of Pegasus has moved overhead and a famous bright star is low in the east, we call this star Capella.

  • It’s the time of year when all manner of ghouls and goblins are on the prowl. With this mayhem on my mind, I started thinking about some of the horticultural nightmares I’ve had this year. Luckily, it’s a pretty short list.

  • We have been patient and now it is November and the days are cooler and shorter.

    It is time to finally plant our spring blooming bulbs. Daffodils, hyacinths, crocus and tulips all have pointed tops; plant that end up. Bulbs that don’t have an obvious point often have traces of old roots on the bottom, so plant that end down. You can plant tulips in our area and enjoy them next spring, but do not expect them to flower again in future years.

  • Lately, it seems death has deluged my life. One after another of my friends and acquaintances have left this earthly existence to enter a phenomenally new life.

    While this is inevitable and—in a profound understanding—an enviable occurrence, it is also produces a heartbreaking ache, an acute sense of absence, and an intense realization now is the only moment we have.

  • ATMC’s 52nd annual meeting was an evening filled with fun and excitement, with more than 2,700 people gathering at the Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College to enjoy festivities.

    A barbecue pork and fried chicken dinner was served, along with homemade ice cream.

  • The following books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    FICTION

    “Capitol Offense” by William Bernhardt. Accused of murdering a police officer he held responsible for the tragic death of his wife, Professor Dennis Thomas implores high-profile lawyer Ben Kincaid to defend him.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    FICTION

    “There Goes The Bride” by M.C. Beaton. An Agatha Raisen mystery.

    “The Chocolate Cupid Killings” by Joanna Carl. A Chocolate mystery with tasty chocolate trivia.

    “Forgiven” by Shelley Shepard Gray. Impossible to forget long after the story is done.

    “Wanted” by Shelley Shepard Gray. A beautiful love story in the “Sisters of the Heart” series.

  • Ghosts, goblins and ghouls were aboard the U.S.S. North Carolina last Friday. Their mission? To frighten all who entered.

    The U.S.S. Battleship North Carolina opened its doors at 6:30 p.m. on Oct.16 for the Ghost Ship--a haunted battleship. With 942 visitors on opening night, Danielle Wallace, battleship programs director, saw her vision, and many months of planning, become a reality.

    Wallace and the battleship staff began preparing for this event in July. She channeled her own fears and used them for inspiration in this year’s ghost ship design.

  • Pumpkin Day—a daylong celebration of fall—is set for this Saturday, Oct. 17, at Indigo Farms, a historic farm straddling the state line near Hickmans Crossroads.

    Celebrate the season and pick a passel of pumpkins during the annual event scheduled from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • October is a great month for stargazing. The summer heat has died down, there are fewer bugs, and there is a big baseball diamond in the sky. Because we are finishing baseball season with the World Series, it seems as if the stars want to get in on the action.

    The authentic name for the baseball diamond in the sky is the “Great Square” although you could consider the full name and call it the “Great Square of Pegasus.” Strangely, only three of the four stars belong to the winged horse, Pegasus. One of the four stars belongs to Andromeda.