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Today's Features

  • Azalea Lace Bug

    These true bugs have lace-like wings and backs. They are found on the undersides of leaves, but cause a blotched or spotted appearance on the upper leaf surface. Black varnish excrement spots appear on the underside of leaves and are characteristic even when adults are absent.

    Severely infested leaves may yellow and drop prematurely.

  • Southerners drink iced tea year-round, and have been drinking iced tea since the 19th century when ice became generally available.

    If you order tea in a restaurant in the South, you’ll get iced tea, probably sweetened, so if you want it hot or unsweetened, you’d better say so!

  • It was Independence Day and I was sitting in my office gazing at the serenity of Sasspan Creek. The sea creatures seem to be living peaceably with each other. They give space and place to one another without squawking, fighting or jealously guarding their spot in the water or on our dock. I watched them and wonder why we humans cannot seem to share our earth in such an equitable manner.

  • Pleasant View to host family fun day

    Pleasant View Missionary Baptist Church, N.C. 904 E. in Sunset Beach, will host a Family Fun Day and Health Fair from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

    There will be games, door prizes and free food and clothing.

    The event, open to the public, is sponsored by the Brunswick County Minority Infant Mortality Task Force and the Pleasant View Mission.

  • Pastor Moses C. Herring, son of the late James Clyde and Lucille Williams Herring, will celebrate 50 years of preaching the gospel this month.

    The Mount Zion Church family will celebrate his 44th anniversary at the church in Longwood with a banquet at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 8. The Rev. Jimmy Brockington, pastor of the Marion Baptist Church from Salter, S.C., will be the guest speaker for the morning service, culminating Herring’s 44th anniversary on Aug. 10.

  • Robert and Donna Prevatte of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Braydon Avery Prevatte, born at 1:05 a.m. June 6 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 1 ounce and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Blake, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Harry and Faye Wilkes of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Steve and Debbie Prevatte of Sunset Beach.

    Great-grandparents are Lillian Oliver of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Mildred Thompson of Tabor City.

  • Dolores Galiano always thought her granddaughter could dance, but it’s up to America to decide.

    Courtney Galiano is competing in Fox’s reality show “So You Think You Can Dance,” and has made it through four weeks of eliminations. This week may be the most crucial, as the dancers will be narrowed to 10 and qualify for the 55-city tour once the show ends.

    Dolores Galiano and her husband Vinny traveled to Los Angeles two weeks ago to watch a taping of the show and were “just as nervous sitting in the audience as sitting at home.”

  • Protecting property rights, ending “corporate welfare” and fighting the national ID card movement are high on Phillip Rhodes’ priority list as he begins campaigning for lieutenant governor of North Carolina.

    The Brunswick County native, who now lives in Chapel Hill, recently filed as the Libertarian candidate for the second-highest office in the state, soon after the party was reinstated in North Carolina.

  • When it comes to social dancing, Ed and Dinah Gore are each other’s favorite partners, but when it comes to Brunswick Community Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars fundraiser, Dinah says she and her professional partner Paul McTaggart are the ones to watch.

    “We have fun with it, but I’m pulling for Dinah,” Ed said. “I’m not trying to win; I’m trying to do a good job.”

    Dinah made it clear—she’s trying to win, and she has no problem asking Ed to help.

  • They walked through ornate gardens, saw rolling pastures where sheep and horses roamed and visited centuries-old churches. Every day, they dined on tea with scones, jam and heavy cream with the locals and learned about their traditions.

    Their recent trip to Taunton in Somerset County, England, was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for George Wong-Chong and Mari-Lou Wong-Chong of Holden Beach, mainly because it wasn’t a typical sightseeing excursion.