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Today's Features

  • Mimosas are putting on their summer show of silky, pink flowers all over southeastern North Carolina. With beautiful flowers and incredibly fast growth, you would think this medium-sized tree would be a popular addition to the landscape. Unfortunately, this plant tends to be a little on the trashy side with seedlings popping up all over the place.

  • Insects: Some of the first wave of Japanese beetles have already made their presence known and have been seen on some crape myrtles, as well as some other popular landscape ornamentals. There are a number of pyrethrins that may be used to control Japanese beetles. You may wish to check some of these out: Talstar, Decathlon, Astro and X-clude. Orthene, Sevin and Malathion may also be used. Be sure to follow label directions.

  • There are lots of lot fat, low carb dessert recipes out there, but few really meet the standards of good taste as well. That is a hard task to meet. When you lower fat content, you usually compensate with sugar. To offset this, use more natural sugars and fruits.

    Desserts can easily become an obsession when trying to change lifestyle patterns. Don’t over-do. Enjoy small portions and you will stay on track.

  • The young man was bright and breezy. He exuded the optimism and freshness of youth. There was no doubting his sales ability. There was also no doubting his hopefulness and trust in the resiliency of humankind.

  • Antioch Baptist to host ’Outrigger Island‘ VBS

    Antioch Baptist Church, 1700 Midway Road in Bolivia, will host “Outrigger Island,” a week of vacation Bible school from 6-8:30 p.m. June 22-27.

    It will be a week of non-stop action, featuring games, music, food and learning how to live God’s unshakeable truth.

    Kick-off and signup will be from 3-7 p.m. Saturday, June 21; and at 6 p.m. Sunday, June 22. At 7 p.m., there will be a VBS program.

    Zion Hill sets program

  • Mr. and Mrs. Alex Brooker of Ocean Isle Beach are celebrating 40 years of marriage. Together since high school, they married on June 8, 1968, at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church in Silver Spring, Md. The couple lived in Maryland, Virginia and New Hampshire while raising two children and having a successful 30-year career with Sears Roebuck & Company. In 2002, the couple moved South to enjoy retirement by the beach. They have two children and two grandchildren. The couple celebrated by taking a trip to New Orleans with close friends.

  • Vicki Morgan and Robert Becker of Ocean Isle Beach were married May 23 at Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Rev. Lisa Mosca officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Bob and Beatrice D’Angelo of Topsail Beach.

    The groom is the son of George and Jean Becker of Asheville.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Bryan Morgan.

    Veronica Walker of Bolivia, the bride’s daughter, served as matron of honor.

    Maid of honor was Eleyna D’Angelo of Kings Mountain, the bride’s niece.

  • Looking out over the deck of their rented vacation home, watching their children and grandchildren play in the surf, Ellen and Randy Johnson of Lynchburg, Va., realize what makes their annual beach vacation so special.

    It’s two weeks of the year they can put the stresses of work and everyday life behind them and enjoy being with their family, relaxing in the sun and watching the young ones enjoy the pleasures of summer.

  • With the cost of gas approaching $4 a gallon and working people counting every penny, those in the local tourist trade want to make sure a trip to the beach is not left out of the average family’s budget.

    That’s why the Brunswick County Tourism Development Authority’s 2008-2009 marketing plan, presented to the authority last week by Smith Advertising, emphasizes the proximity of the Brunswick Islands to people within the state and the Southeast.

  • Motorcycle and classic car enthusiasts—about 88 of them—showed up this weekendfor the Brunswick County Motorcycle Enthusiasts annual Poker Run.

    The event raised about $3,000 for the group’s annual Christmas Toy Run. Starting at Shallotte Park, with an escort from the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office, riders took a 75-mile route through Ash, over to Supply and back to the park. Along the way, they collected cards to try to build the best poker hand.