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Today's Features

  • New gardeners tend to be a bit obsessive about their lawns and landscapes. Like the French and the English who copied their style, evergreen shrubs must be controlled into boxes and balls. If we have one plant on this side of the walkway, symmetry demands a repeat on the other. Expansive lawns must be immaculate, perfectly groomed and weed-free. That works pretty well if you’re Louis XIV or King George with an army of serfs to do your bidding.

  • Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we have been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital. Here are a few things to do and to be looking for at this time of year:

  • Rudbeckias (black-eyed Susans) are members of the large and diverse Asteracea family. They are native only to North America and require only minimal care.

    There are about 25 species, and they can be perennials, biennials or annuals. Most spread by rhizomes (underground stolons) eventually creating clumps that should be divided in spring or fall every four or five years. Biennials will go to seed and self sow. Most rudbeckias prefer full sun in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are pretty much insect and disease free.

  • Bald Head Island is currently on track to have its best sea turtle nesting season since 1999, when the island had 108 nests.

    As of July 17, the island had documented 78 loggerhead sea turtle nests with more than a month remaining in the nesting season.

    Last year, Bald Head Island had a 50 loggerhead nests, which was unfortunately representative of the low number of sea turtle nests throughout North Carolina beaches.

  • Southern food is home cooking, comfort food, Creole, Cajun, Carolina low country, soul food and Tex-Mex. It includes an abundance of fresh vegetables, rice or corn, inexpensive cuts of meat (usually pork or chicken) and fresh seafood.

    Popular Southern dishes include barbeque, country fried steak, catfish, smothered pork chops, black-eyed peas, grits, biscuits and gravy, fried green tomatoes, collard greens, okra and sweet potatoes. And no Southern meal is complete without libations, especially sweet iced tea and mint juleps.

  • She was one of our brightest stars. Graduating among the top students in our class, a philosophic thinker sparked with the poetry of life, she was a tiny person bedecked with the fourragere that decorated her shoulder and noted her scholarly status.

  • Keri Leigh Roberts and Bradley Paul Iden, both of Sunset Beach, were married Saturday, May 10, at the Wedding Chapel by the Sea, with Dr. T.E. Grainger officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of William and Carolyn Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Paul and Joann Iden of Warfordsburg, Pa.

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

    Maid of honor was Jessica Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach, the bride’s sister.

  • When starting to prepare for Brunswick Community College Foundation’s Dancing With the Stars competition, district attorney Rex Gore set four goals for himself—to have fun, be entertaining, lose weight and not drop dead of a heart attack while in rehearsal.

    This week, he added one more goal to the list.

    “Our goal is to let the other teams know we’re coming,” he said.

    Gore was asked to participate several months ago and didn’t hesitate to say yes.

  • Kim Durham of Ocean Isle Beach was 38 when she found a lump in her breast during self-examination.

    The lump didn’t show up on a mammogram, and after doctors performed a biopsy, she was told it was benign.

    She was given two choices—she could have it removed or she could wait and see if anything changed.

    “The only way you’re going to save your own life is to advocate,” Durham said. “And we’re all living much longer because of early detection.”

  • More than 2,000 people came out to support the Fifth Annual Coastal Carolina Sea Turtle Day July 9 on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The Turtle Day celebrations at Ocean Isle Beach Community Center kicked off with turtle-oriented arts and crafts and games. Volunteers sold hot dogs, chips and cookies, and all the proceeds went to The Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Rescue and Rehabilitation Center of Topsail Beach.