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Today's Features

  • Those of you who are “mature” enough to remember Jackie Gleason before his Smokey and the Bandit days may remember his catch phrase, “How sweet it is.”

    While he was talking about life in general, he could have been describing a great native plant with sweet-scented blooms that are open right now—sweetbay magnolia. Even when the flowers have faded, you’ll be left with interesting leaves with a silvery underside that look great when the wind blows and bright red fruit.

  • Many trees and shrubs are selected because of their flowering habit. It can be discouraging when they fail to bloom or set fruit. It is often difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of a plant’s failure to bloom, however, here are some possibilities:

  • The landscape will be viewed from within the house as well as out-of-doors, and this must be taken into consideration.

    My patio is an extension of the indoor room it adjoins. I consider it an outdoor room. Some homeowners want weed-free turfgrass in the public area while another might plant an English-type garden of colorful blooms.

  • West Brunswick High School students kicked off their Sunday shoes last weekend when they performed the musical “Footloose.”

    A cast of 40 students and 14 members of the show choir rehearsed since March for the show. Kate Flynn, Leslie Jackson and Allie Marshall helped backstage and behind the scenes.

    Amanda Penegar, theater arts director, said she has always loved the movie version, and the students couldn’t have agreed more.

  • Sesame is one of the oldest seeds known to man. Thought to have originated in India or Africa, the first written record of sesame dates back to 3,000 B.C.

    According to Assyrian mythology, sesame's origins go back even farther—there is a charming myth about the Gods imbibing sesame seed wine the night before they created the earth. References can be found to Babylonians using sesame oil, and to Egyptians growing their own sesame to make flour.

  • In a real sense, we are all living love on death row. None of us knows the date or time of our demise. We live precariously, yet few of us are as aware of our mortality as those who occupy prison cells on the infamous death row. Few of us would classify ourselves as dead people walking. The very thought is chilling and worthy of classic avoidance and denial. Yet, there are among us those whose lives are penned in such cages.

  • Zion Hill Choir to celebrate anniversary

    Zion Hill Missionary Baptist Church, 2000 Zion Hill Road in Bolivia, has announced the Zion Hill adult choir will celebrate its 53 anniversary at 4 p.m. Sunday, July 20.

    Various musical guests will be in attendance.

    King of Glory to have blood drive

    The American Red Cross will sponsor a blood drive from 12:30-6 p.m. Tuesday, June 10, at King of Glory Lutheran Church, 11th Ave. and Jordan Road in N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. Appointments are suggested but not mandatory.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Rebecca D. Webb, of Supply, and Daniel J. Sullivan of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Wayne and Virginia Honeycutt of Supply. The prospective groom is the son Danny and Lynn Sullivan of Sunset Beach. A July 26 private ceremony is planned.

  • Clayton Horace Collier III and Leslie Zachary Collier of Oak Island, announce the engagement of their daughter, Lynsey Paige, to Joseph William Leonard V. Leonard is the son of Barbara Leonard of Naples, Fla. and the late Joseph William Leonard IV. Originally from Charleston, W.Va., he received an associate degree in the culinary arts from Pennsylvania Culinary Institute and is a chef at the Conrad Miami Hotel of Florida. He will graduate in December with an associate degree in hospitality management from Miami Dade College. Collier is a native of Oak Island.

  • Stacy Rechelle Lear and Jonathan Harry Vivas, both of Missoula, Mont., were married May 24 at Fort Missoula’s Heritage Hall.

    The mayor of Missoula, John Engen, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter Frank and Debbie Lear of Supply and the granddaughter of Helen Lear of Rockingham, the late Brant Lear and the late Reck and Lucille Stroud.

    The groom is the son of Manual Vivas of Minnesota and Dorothy Vivas of Mount Vernon, N.Y.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father, Frank Lear.