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Today's Features

  • “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.”

  • Local rock group Blackwater Outlaws will perform at 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 14, at Odell Williamson Auditorium to benefit Brunswick County’s fire and rescue squads.

    Every 100th ticket sold receives a free Blackwater Outlaws sticker. Band members will be on hand after the show to sign autographs.

    Band members include Jason Coveyou, 28, of Ash on guitar and vocals; Myron Norris, 27, of Ash, on guitar and vocals; Travis Norris, 32, of Ash, on vocals; William Norris, 53, of Ash, on bass guitar and vocals; and Butch Register, 51, on drums.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Stephanie Beach and Barrett McMullan, both of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of John Beach of Brimingham, Ala., and Susan Forrester of Marietta, Ga. She is a graduate of Anderson University, where she majored in business marketing. She is the head volleyball coach at Brunswick Community College and teaches marketing at West Brunswick High School. The prospective groom is the son of Rube McMullan of Ocean Isle Beach and Marietta, Ga., and Susan Hope of Ocean Isle Beach and Marietta, Ga.

  • Charles Ashley Evans of Holden Beach celebrated his 80th birthday Sunday, Jan. 25, with his wife of more than 50 years, Betty Jean Evans. Family and friends gathered at the Boundary House of Calabash to share a birthday dinner and cake. Friends included Billy and Becky Barnette, Bill and Susan Bailey, Becky and Dale Prevatte, Don and Nancy Burke and Debbie and Jim Kroset. The Evans’ daughter, Joan Grady, also attended the event and thanked the couple’s friends for the party.