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Today's Features

  • If you enjoy the beauty of butterflies, why not create an area in your landscape for them?

    Butterflies are colorful, delicate and graceful in flight. Their visits to your flowers have a purpose—it is a quest for the necessities of life. Plant their favorite nectar plants if you want to attract them.

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    Non-fiction

    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.

  • Spinach may have provided Popeye with superhuman strength, but its real-life potential is far less lofty. In fact, its nutritional reputation is somewhat inflated.

    Spinach contains oxalic acid that inhibits the absorption of its calcium and iron. In addition, it contains other nutrients that are not fully absorbed when it is consumed raw.

    This is not to say spinach is not good for you, but like many health and nutritional claims, the surface hype usually obscures the underlying scientific reality.

  • Food poisoning is the common term many people use to refer to foodborne illness. When a source for an outbreak is identified, salmonella is one of the most common types of foodborne illnesses reported. It is responsible for millions of cases of foodborne illnesses each year.

    What is Salmonella?

  • I have just enjoyed the pleasure—and fatigue—of being “Nanny Granny” to a teenaged granddaughter, a 10 year-old grandson and their old English bulldog, Lily.

    I hoped our time together would be a unique bonding experience since I am the “far away” grandmother who only gets glimpses of their lives. As it turned out, this was truly an immersion in the daily adventures and times of today’s youth, and I gained great knowledge and insights in the process.

  • Christian music concert set for July 5

    "Praise God!" is the theme and plan for at least one event for the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport on Saturday, July 5.

    Nash Street will be closed from Howe Street to City Hall for a youth-led concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring The Aaron Wagner Band from Dallas, Texas, and Brunswick County’s own Wendy Jones. These two gospel artists will lead an evening of music with a positive message for all ages.

    There is no charge to attend this event. A love offering will be taken.

  • Seth and Polly Whitesides of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Jaxon Cole Whitesides, born at 12:53 p.m. May 30 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Brady, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Lorraine Hoffmann and Thomas Lynch Jr. were married Saturday, June 14, at the Little River, S.C., home of the groom’s sister, Loretta Dingee.

    The Rev. Jean Pelletier and his wife Fran officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hoffmann of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Albert A. Hoffmann.

    The groom is the son of Thomas Lynch Sr. of Calabash and the late Ellen Lynch.

    The bride’s mother served as matron of honor, and the groom’s father served as best man.

  • Jennifer McLean of Wilmington and Christopher Bloech of Isle of Palms, S.C., were married June 7 in a ceremony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Rev. Eugene Wells, the bride’s uncle, performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ron and Catherine McLean of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Ken and Susan Bloech of Kennesaw, Ga.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Melissa Hegarty served as matron of honor.

    Ringbearer was Christopher McLean, the bride’s nephew.

  • Sarah Amanda Parker of Supply and Josh Eugene Cox of Ash were married June 13 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    Pastor Joel Fanti officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky Parker and Linda Parker of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Pam and Tom Anello of Ash.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The bride wore a white, mock-two-piece gown with a portrait neckline and a corset bodice made of white taffetta with a tufted skirt embellished with flowers and organza layers.