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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • VARNAMTOWN—Twenty years ago, this Brunswick County fishing village elected to become a town.

    On Sept. 20, 1988, 177 of Varnamtown’s 181 registered voters turned out to vote, with 102 voting “yay” over the 75 who said “nay.”

    According to a front-page story that ran in The Brunswick Beacon, incorporation committee member Marion Davis was certain of “at least several” instances in the tight-knit community in which brothers were on opposite sides of the issue.

  • Worldly cuisine prepared by local chefs will be available for sampling during A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children. The gala will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will make their specialty dishes and have plenty to share at the gala, which benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS).

  • Chard is a type of beet, which along with spinach, is a plant in the goosefoot family; so named because some of the plants in this category have leaves shaped like their namesake.

    Unlike traditional beets, chard roots are inedible. Chard is prized for its large leaves and crunchy stalks. The two main types found in most supermarkets are red chard and green.

    The red has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks. The red variety has a stronger flavor.

  • Our trek to the audiologist became an interesting venture. It revealed the tip of a huge iceberg called: “Can you hear me now?” Actually, “Are you listening, pretending or truly unable to understand my words?”

    Obviously, there had been an ongoing discussion as I tried to ferret out the truth behind the questions and their accompanying responses, or lack thereof.