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Today's Features

  • The cooler days and nights mean our warm-season grasses are slowing growth and getting ready for winter’s dormant period, but there are still some things you can do to keep things looking good through the fall and winter.

    If you just can’t stand the brown grass this winter, overseed with ryegrass in early to mid-October. If weeds are a major problem for you, a pre-emergence herbicide applied now will help. Make sure you keep debris like pine straw and leaves cleaned up.

  • Here are some gardening tips for September.

    Landscaping

    Everyone wants to know the best time to move plants or to plant them. According to extension specialists, the best time is the fall season. Late September and October would be some of the best times for us in the coastal regions but there should still be some good times even in November and early December to plant shrubs and trees. You still have time to put in a fall garden for some of your cool season crops.

    Autumn color ideas

  • What’s eating the leaves on my plant? Hot Line volunteers hear the complaint many times during the growing season. Following is the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s answer to that question:

  • We’ve heard all the notions about weight loss, some of them generations old.

    “If you eat grapefruit before a meal, you’ll burn off calories.” “A shot of unprocessed apple cider vinegar cleanses your body and helps you lose weight.” “Eating after 8 p.m. packs on the pounds.” Are those old wives tales or solid advice?

  • My friend has died. I wrote about her not so long ago. I mentioned she was a woman who decided, on a daily basis, to live until she died.

    She was a woman who constantly and consistently chose life. Now, she has life in the full and forever.

    The news did not come as a shock since she had been battling cancer for the past five years. There were no tears to mark a tragic event or wringing of hands in anguish or denial, but it was still a moment of quiet sadness.

  • 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.