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Today's Features

  • SHALLOTTE—They’re not your average canines. They can run faster and jump higher than most dogs. They can track a suspect in a building or in the woods. They respond to commands in Dutch.

    And it’s not a good idea to run from them—they will win—and when they do, they’ll bite, and they won’t let go.

    These intelligent, agile creatures don’t come cheap. Most K-9s on the roster at the sheriff’s office came with a price tag around $10,000.

  • Amy Elizabeth Edge and Kenny Lowrance were married Nov. 29 at the Rourk Woods Clubhouse in Shallotte.

    Jean and Fran Pelletier officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom Edge and Pat Conrad. The groom is the son of Ken Lowrance of Huntersville and the late Janice Lowrance.

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

    Melanie Grammen served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Jenny Byrd, Katie Lowrance, Elizabeth Lowrance and Shannon Helms.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Mary Stephanie Brown of Wilmington and Albert Hemingway Parker III of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride is the daughter of Steve and Joanna Brown of Supply and the granddaughter of Frances Brown of Supply, the late Stanton Brown, Mary Simmons of Supply and the late Rudy Simmons. The groom is the son of Al and Ramona Parker of Supply and the grandson of Albert and Kathleen Parker of Supply, Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.

  • KURE BEACH—2009 marks the 144th anniversary of the end of the Civil War.

    To commemorate the Second Battle of Fort Fisher, the largest land-sea battle of the Civil War, the Fort Fisher State Historic Site will stage “Fort Fisher Then and Now,” an all-day event on Saturday, Jan. 17, from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

  • Now is a great time to launch a new shape-up program with the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department’s 2009 spring fitness schedule.

    A variety of classes are slated throughout the county, kicking off this month and continuing in coming weeks. They range from Zumba fitness and Aido Shokai JuJutsu martial arts to cardio and strength training and dance classes.

    For more information or to register, call 253-2670.

    The schedule and fees are as follows:

  • Fennel is a perennial, aromatic plant indigenous to the Mediterranean and southwest Asia that grows to a height of 4-5 feet.

    Savored by the ancient Greeks, it has been utilized throughout history to treat an assortment of physical maladies, including keeping witches at bay during medieval times. Perhaps this is how fennel pollen, an expensive spice still popular in Italy, came to be known as the “Spice of Angels.”

  • Garden gurus like Jerry Baker often suggest there’s nothing better for your lawn than a brewski.

    According to them, beer contains vitamins and minerals for better growth and has beneficial microorganisms that will help develop great roots. This recommendation has always sounded bogus to me, but, believe it or not, someone finally did a scientific study to find out if a bit of beer builds a better lawn.

  • Many residents in the Cape Fear region are looking for ways to lower energy costs and may supplement their energy needs for heating by using firewood.

    January and February are typically our coldest months for the winter. I am always looking for some good information to pass along to clients when I came across this information on firewood from John Church from the Rockford Extension Center, affiliated with the University of Illinois.

  • (The following information is provided by Bob Westerfield, Cooperative Extension Service horticulturist with the University of Georgia College of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences.)

    Perhaps no landscape plant is more durable or comes in as many shapes and sizes as the holly.

    Hollies come in more than 300 recognized varieties, with more introduced each year. They belong to the genus Ilex, which is native to every continent except Antarctica.