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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • I was intrigued by the movie’s title, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.” My interest was further piqued by the dichotomy of opinions regarding its three and a half star rating. While some praised its story, others found the nearly three hour viewing period to be boring, slow, and generally not worth their time.

  • 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: