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Today's Features

  • Lucy—in fact, a number of Lucys—may have some “ ’splaining” to do as the annual Purple Feet Festival and Grape Stomp unfolds from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 13, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Once again, a high point at the seventh annual festival will be the Lucy Look-A-Like contest at 3 p.m.

    The competition harks back to Lucille Ball and an old, popular episode of “I Love Lucy” in which the redheaded comedienne found herself crushing grapes with her feet at an Italian vineyard.

  • Even if you’re not old enough to remember the Jim Stafford song from the 1970s, you probably don’t like coming in contact with creepy critters like spiders and snakes. Knowing there are only two venomous spiders and six venomous snakes in North Carolina usually doesn’t help, so let’s take an objective look at the snakes we share this corner of the state with and see if we really do have something to fear.

  • I have decided to write this article with great hopes it will not be needed but reality shows one day you may need to take this clipping down from your refrigerator door and look over what you need to do.

    Cleanup is the first priority after any major storm.

  • As summer progresses, the number of insects found in our landscape increases. There are millions of types of insects in our world and more than 100,000 different ones active in the United States; however, less than 1 percent of these actually feed on plants in a harmful way.

    Before you pull out the insecticide, take the time to identify the insects on your plants. You just may find out that they are beneficial insects. Beneficial insects are those that are helpful in some way, as predators or pollinators. A number of beneficial insects occur naturally in our gardens.

  • He’s one of seven justices on North Carolina’s highest court and the only one up for re-election this year.

    Since January 2001, Bob Edmonds has served as an associate justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court. Come November, he’ll be up for renewal of another eight-year term and also faces a challenger on the Nov. 4 ballot—Suzanne Reynolds, a law professor at Wake Forest University.

    Edmunds, 59, was in Brunswick County recently to stump in the nonpartisan race and attend an N.C. Clerks of Court gathering at Sea Trail.

  • This Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will once again have a 9/11 memorial service.

    The service will honor the memory of the 343 emergency and New York Fire Department members who were killed in the line of duty on that date seven years ago, on Sept. 11, 2001.

    The day’s events will begin at 8 a.m. with a memorial Mass at Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church at Eighth Avenue North off U.S. 17 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • In October, Rebekah Phelps, an Ocean Isle Beach native and the granddaughter of Alan and Peggy Russ, is joining a group of 20-somethings leaving the comfort of their homes and possessions for a year in search of a life filled with adventure.

    They’re calling it a pilgrimage—an opportunity to find themselves and experience the world firsthand.

  • 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.