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Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford ‘Sandy‘ Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gene and Merle Gray Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach and the granddaughter of the late Robert and Lina Hawes of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Sanford Bath Sr. and Sandra Bath of Bolivia. A Sept. 12 wedding is planned.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Devan Ashley Johnson and Glenn ‘Shane‘ Britt Jr., both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Van and Pam Johnson of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Glenn Britt and Rhonda H. Britt, both of Sunset Harbor. A June 6 wedding is planned at the Southport Community Building.

  • Annie Sellers Phelps, a life-long resident of Brunswick County and Prospect Baptist Church member, celebrates her 80th birthday on Dec. 14. She was given a surprise birthday party by her daughter, Donna, attended by many of her friends at Ella’s Restaurant in Calabash. She also has a son, Hal. Her favorite pastime is working in her flower garden.

  • 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.

  • Although the company is named after Fred Waring, a popular entertainer of the 1930s, ’40s and ’50s, Waring did not actually invent the blender. He did, however, perfect the original version and introduce this version to retailers and consumers, which ultimately became a big success.

  • Even in this era of e-mail and instant messaging, gardeners still use the cool evenings of January to peruse those gorgeous garden catalogs and make plans for the fast-approaching spring season.

    Get your name on one list and you’ll have a mailbox overflowing with catalogs of everything garden-related.

  • My guess is gardening resolutions for the New Year are still sounding good and achievable this early into the year. So what happens later on to those resolutions? Hopefully, they were made based on some sense of reality.

    We must learn how to cope with things beyond our control. Ground pearl and certain invasive weeds come to mind. Major weather events had us scrambling last year to keep our plants alive. You can’t always be able to correct some of these problems and the best we can do is minimize their impacts on the landscape.

  • Do you want to develop healthy lifestyle changes for 2009? If you are interested, please join me by adopting the following tips developed by Alice Henneman, food and nutrition extension specialist, University of Nebraska:

    Health: Make health a priority this year. Health should be more than the absence of disease.

    Attitude: A positive attitude may not cure a disease; however, thinking positive can help you deal with misfortune, make the most of your situation and enjoy life more.

  • Winter is prime time for planting spring flowering bulbs. Daffodils, tulips, hyacinths and crocus bulbs will happily burst into bloom for you this spring.

    Be aware tulip bulbs rarely bloom more than one time in this part of the country. They need a long winter chill to set flowers. When planting, work some fertilizer into the soil surrounding the bulbs rather than just throwing it into the hole. The developing roots will get a more even boost this way.