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Today's Features

  • VARNAMTOWN—O’Neal “Knot” Varnam celebrated his 71st birthday Monday by doing his annual backflip into the Lockwood Folly River.

    After checking the water to make sure there were no logs or other objects that might hinder his style, the Varnamtown resident climbed the ladder to the top of a wooden piling at the boat docks next to Garland’s Seafood and performed a quick backward somersault into the water.

  • The other day while I was at the supermarket, I was looking for my favorite soda, Pepsi, which was on sale if I bought five 12-packs of cans. But as I checked out the choices, I encountered vanilla Pepsi, diet-vanilla Pepsi, cherry Pepsi, diet-cherry Pepsi, lemon Pepsi, caffeine-free Pepsi, Pepsi Max, diet-Pepsi Max, diet Pepsi and regular Pepsi.

  • My youngest sister is a trip. I guess the Southern expression that best describes her is: “She’s a mess!”

    Those are not demeaning words, but ones of smiling affection, terms of endearment to capture the intoxicating delight one feels in her presence.

  • Why should I feel lonely?

    Why is it I do not feel at peace?

    These are questions everyone may ask from time to time, but this question is asked often by those who struggle with depression.

    Depression is nothing to be ashamed of, and being depressed doesn’t mean there is something in your life that is horrible. Sometimes depression is a chemical imbalance.

    If you are someone who struggles with depression, you are not alone.

    First, seek help from your doctor. When I was struggling with depression, this helped a lot.

  • Brandi Nicole Harrison of Ash and Johnathan Warren Hickman of Supply were married June 28 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church by the Rev. Richard Hicks.

    The bride is the daughter of Regina Bennett of Ash and the late Ross Bennett.

    The groom is the son of Kevin and Tracy Hickman of Shallotte Point and Clarice and Kelly Boyd of Castle Hayne.

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

    The bride wore a white mesh strapless gown by Alfred Angelo with all-over embroidery and beading and a cathedral-length train.

  • Al and Jo Hooker of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 4. Their family includes their four children and their spouses, 14 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Both are avid community supporters and active volunteers. Their friends and family will celebrate with them on the Henrietta Cape Fear Riverboat.

  • “I have found this area to be a dynamic and exciting place to live as an artist. In effect, it has been a rebirth for me and my work,” Southport artist Jan Boland says.

    She joins two other seasoned artists, potter Joyce Grazetti and painter Katrina Fairbank, as featured artists in the new Members Show at Franklin Square Gallery this month. The show launched Aug. 25 runs until Oct. 3.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Every first Friday through December

  • “Indulgence” brings to mind a pampered day at the spa or a dessert concoction sporting acres of chocolate with the fat grams and calories to match, but there’s a different kind of indulgence you can enjoy every evening when the sun sets that doesn’t involve mud facials or “death by chocolate”—landscape lighting.

  • People often ask: “What is that yellow butterfly that is flying around everywhere right now?” From my observations, I would say we are beginning to see the first wave of sulphurs visiting our landscapes.

    The Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) is a small to midsized butterfly in the family Pieridae found in the Americas. There are several similar species some with angled wings or other sulphurs, which are much smaller. They have a wide range, from South America to Canada, and are most common from Argentina up to southern Florida and Texas.