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Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Marie Padilioni of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Terry Ryan Grant of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Louise Nash of Montague, N.J., and the granddaughter of Marguerite Cox of Ridgefield Park, N.J. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Kenneth Jackson of Calabash and the late Kenneth Grant. A Nov. 8 wedding is planned at Beach Assembly of God in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Angela Thompson lets her faith guide her, and it has taken her from her hometown of Detroit to Shallotte, where she has practiced family medicine for the past eight years.

    And now it has led her to something she never expected—a career as a gospel songwriter and recording artist.

    “I’ve liked to sing all my life,” she said. “I really started writing and performing since I moved here.”

    Recruited in her residency by Dr. George Saunders, she moved to Shallotte in 2000.

  • 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

  • OAK ISLAND—Mariah Brazil was on the lookout for a special dog.

    Grieving over the death of her mother late last year, the Oak Island resident scanned the cages of homeless dogs at the Brunswick County animal shelter, searching for a special canine companion to help fill the void.

    It took a K-9 to come to her rescue.

    Brunswick County K-9 Sgt. Tommy Tolley was also at the shelter. He overheard Brazil tell a shelter employee she just hadn’t found the right dog yet.

  • Our waste disposal sites are filling up and landfills across the nation are being closed at an alarming rate.

    At least 20 percent of the solid waste placed in landfills consists of yard and garden wastes such as leaves and grass clippings. One step we can take toward solving our waste disposal problems is to make compost out of our lawn and garden wastes.

  • After four or five months of growing, many landscape beds are probably in need of a good weeding and edging. Most plantings would benefit from a late summer renovation. This would include hand pulling the annual weeds and grasses and spraying a contact herbicide on the tough perennial weeds and grasses, if you have any.

  • Our lawns have had a much better season than last year. Most areas have received a bit of natural irrigation and the warm temperatures have helped our grasses fill in and recover. Keep a good thing going as we slide toward fall by adding potassium and be prepared to knock large patch out before it kills parts of your lawn.

  • Gov. Mike Easley on Monday reconvened the legislative session for 11 a.m., Wednesday, Aug. 27, to discuss the boat trailer bill he vetoed Aug. 17.

    State and county tourism officials watched the bill closely and favored its passage, saying recent citations of recreational fishermen for towing certain size trailers are resulting in complaints and bad press for the state.

    According to the state constitution, when a veto occurs after the General Assembly has adjourned, the governor is required to reconvene the session within 10 days of the veto or the bill becomes law.

  • Are you one of those many gardeners wondering what to do with all those eggplants that just seem to keep showing up?

    Eggplant isn’t a particularly popular vegetable in the United States, but it’s a favorite in many areas of the South.

    Thomas Jefferson, who experimented with many varieties of plants in his Virginia garden, is credited with introducing eggplant to North America.

    Eggplant, a member of the nightshade family along with potatoes, tomatoes and peppers, is actually a fruit, and is classified botanically as a berry.

  • Labor Day looms, announcing summer’s demise with a huge sigh of regret. For a brief moment, we will celebrate the cessation of work and creation of play. Grills heat up, families gather and relaxing is the word of the day.