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Today's Features

  • While there are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the Southeast, a relatively new disease threatens to make homegrown tomatoes almost impossible for many local gardeners.

    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is different from most tomato diseases because a virus, rather than a fungus or bacteria, cause it.

  • One of the first signs of drought stress in ornamentals and turf is wilting. Many of our favorite plants show drought related symptoms differently. The leaves of some plants may exhibit marginal leaf burn or leaf scorching while others will simply wilt.

  • Daylilies are tolerant of almost anything nature or humans can cast upon them—heat, cold, drought and neglect. They are remarkably resistant to diseases and pest problems.

    Daylilies require little care, increasing in number and beauty year after year. Their spectacular blooms create a palette of colors. Thirty-five thousand plus registered varieties can be found in a kaleidoscope of extravagant shades—creamy beige, lemon yellow, pale lavender, hot magenta, candy pink, pizza orange, splashy red and royal purple.

  • Community members from across the county attended Smart Start of Brunswick County’s annual State of the Young Child Breakfast, where several people received awards for their work with children, Smart Start announced in a news release.

    The event was Friday, June 6, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Pender County is hosting its fifth annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival this weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, in historic downtown Burgaw.

    Last year’s event attracted an estimated 25,000 people and this year organizers expect to surpass that number.

    Celebrating the home of the first cultivated blueberry in North Carolina, the Blueberry Festival celebrates the historical, economic and cultural significance of blueberries in the southeastern region of the state.

    Currently, Pender County ranks second in blueberry production in North Carolina.

  • My son-in-law made his request months ago. He wanted to surprise my daughter, his wife, with a trip to Hawaii for their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Knowing I was planning to attend my 15th college reunion and would be in the Northeast in early June, he decided to organize their venture to coincide with mine.

    This gave all of us an opportunity to stretch our faith—theirs in relinquishing “control” of their children and mine in renewing my parenting skills, albeit from an older and wiser place!

    Thus began the long-range preparations.

  • ‘Saturday Night Alive‘ youth event set at Calvary Baptist

    The youth department of Calvary Baptist Church will host a communitywide youth event called “Saturday Night Alive” from 6-9 p.m., June 21.

    The purpose of the event is to unite youth in grades six through 12 for a “wholesome evening of fun with music, games, skits, food and more.”

    The church is at 623 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Zion Hill choir

    to perform

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Letonia Nicole Banks of Riegelwood and Herman Douglas Bland of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stanley and Helen Banks of Riegelwood. The prospective groom is the son of Henry and Mary Clifton and Herman Williams Jr. of Shallotte. A July 5 wedding is planned at United Faith Ministries in Elizabethtown.

  • Mary Robinson Green and John Buchanan Coupland Jr., both of Raleigh, were married June 14 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church with minister Dwight O. Christenbury officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David Sellars Green of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. John Buchanan Coupland Sr. of Durham.

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

    The bride wore a strapless sheath gown of ivory silk charmeuse overlaid with antique ivory alacon lace.

  • The N.C. Department of Transportation will have a citizens’ informational workshop for the proposed widening of Village Road (N.C. 1472) in Leland from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, June 17, at the Leland Senior Center Community Building, 1490 Village Road NE in Leland.

    Citizens are invited to speak individually with NCDOT officials, as well as review project plans. Comments received during the meeting will be considered as plans are finalized.