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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Southeastern native plants are ablaze with color in the fall. Colorful berries appear to delight the human eye and provide food for hungry birds. The leaves turn orange, red or gold as the weather turns cooler creating beauty throughout the wooded areas and hopefully in your own back yard.

  • The N.C. General Assembly has voted to override Gov. Mike Easley’s veto of a bill that would loosen restrictions on oversize boat trailers—a bill for which local and state tourism officials have been lobbying over the past year.

    The legislation, House Bill 2167, is titled, “An act to increase the width of boats that may be transported on highway routes during the day and night without a permit and to provide for an annual permit as opposed to a single trip permit for oversize boats.”

  • Next Thursday, Sept. 11, the FDNY-Carolina Retirees Association will again host a 9/11 Memorial.

    This service will honor the memory of the 343 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 in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    At 10 a.m., a motorcade will leave the Food Lion parking lot at Carolina Commons Shopping Center on U.S. 17 in Carolina Shores.

  • Bill Immen of Holden Beach just filed for unemployment for the first time in his life, but he’s still optimistic about the future. He says he’s entering a new phase in his life and career and is making sure he’s available for the next opportunity.

    Immen moved to Brunswick County from New Jersey 23 years ago as a machinist with General Electric. In 1998, he left his job for health reasons and soon started his own paint contracting company.