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Today's Features

  • Homecoming, revival set

    Beulah Baptist Church, 670 Hickman Road NW in Calabash, will have homecoming and revival beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

    Revival will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. each evening.

    The Rev. Bill McNeil of Supply Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

    There will be special music at each service.

    Chapel sets service

    Ocean Isle Beach Chapel will have services at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the chapel, 4 West Third St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Minister is the Rev. John Chase of Beach Assembly of God.

  • Shanna and Stephen Wilkes of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Abbey McKenna Wilkes, born at 5:20 p.m. July 31 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Elon and Gail King of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Margaret Wilkes of Lowesville and Charles Wilkes of Valdese.

    Great-grandmother is Rebecca Hatchett of Hickory.

  • It has been more than four decades since a group of young men and women made their national television debut on The Andy Williams Show, in the fall of 1962.

    That group, The New Christy Minstrels, went on to win a Grammy for their debut recording, “Presenting The New Christy Minstrels.”

    Formed by Randy Sparks in 1961, the group had several Top 40 folk music hits, including “This Land Is Your Land,” “Green, Green,” “Today,” and “Ramblin’”. They are still singing and delighting fans, old and new.

  • 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.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Watch for the following problems. The hotline volunteers have received several requests on the following:

    Fall armyworms in turfgrass

    Fall armyworms have been present in turfgrass for the past week or so and it appears they are now in full gear.

    There are a variety of sizes present and larger armyworms are most damaging. They typically begin near the edge of a turf area and invade across the turf leaving serious damage behind.

  • Large patch is the disease we love to hate most in our lawns in late summer and fall. This fungus has been hanging out all summer waiting for thatch temperatures to drop to around 70 degrees. We should be there right now.

    Check closely for the active disease. If it’s getting started again, apply a fungicide immediately followed by another application in five to six weeks. Products containing triadimefon (Bayleton) work well.

  • Getting the garden soil tilled, fertilized and ready for planting of fall vegetables can be a rather tiresome job, especially with outside temperatures higher than 90 degrees. Undoubtedly, most people would find it more comfortable under an air conditioner, but maximum results from gardening efforts are not always achieved under the most ideal working conditions.

  • Members of New Beginnings Church, led by pastor Brad Ferguson, were excited about seeing “Fireproof,” a Christian-themed movie from the producers of 2006’s “Facing the Giants.”

    “It had volunteers in the cast and no big names, but it was very well received in our area,” Ferguson said recently of “Facing the Giants.”

    When he and some of the church members heard about “Fireproof,” starring former teen actor Kirk Cameron as a firefighter in a troubled marriage who turns to God, they were excited about seeing it.

  • It was a day to remember, as members of the Calabash Lions Club, VFW and American Legion standing on the N.C. 130 overpass in Shallotte reminded passing motorists.

    Many of those driving along U.S. 17 beneath them honked their horns to let the waving group know they hadn’t forgotten the seventh anniversary of 9/11, the day terrorist-directed planes brought down the World Trade Center towers in New York and also wrought destruction and death at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C.

  • By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    A beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister all describe Stephanie Bessmer, but those who knew her will remember her for much more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Sept. 9 as a result of a weather-related wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.