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Today's Features

  • Kids ran through Ripley's Aquarium in Myrtle Beach trying to get a fish or a lobster or even a shark. But these sea creatures weren’t real—they were plush. They were being raffled off every 15 minutes from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the national launch of Sea Pals, a new product by Applause from Russ.

    More than 1,000 children and their parents participated in the launch Sea Pals are sea-themed finger puppets that have an online code that allows the consumer to access a Web site and create a virtual aquarium for their sea creature.

  • Grab your camera and dive into the North Carolina Aquariums’ photo contest. The annual competition for amateur and non-professional photographers puts the focus on the state’s diverse aquatic life.

    Images from the waters off North Carolina’s coast or within the state’s freshwater system can be entered in “Underwater Open” or “Underwater Close-ups,” depending on the scene depicted. Don’t do the deep sea? Stay high and dry while snapping shots for the “Aquatic Life in the Aquariums” category.

  • Tomatoes are a favorite of America’s home gardeners. They taste great and also are good for you. What a perfect food. No fat and lots of vitamins C and A. Tomatoes were once known as “love apples” because they were thought to be an aphrodisiac, but at my age, that would be a terrible waste of a juicy, red tomato fresh-picked from the garden.

  • One of the fun things about gardening is that it’s never the same from one year to the next. There are always things that work really well and others that just don’t turn out the way we expected. Here’s my mid-summer update on some of the good and bad in my garden this year:

  • Questions are coming in from gardeners concerned about weeds in their landscape, bugs in their bushes and diseases creeping up on garden plants.

    This is a time when plants are maximizing all their growth processes and this can put the plants under stress due to the heat and drought we are still facing.

    Because the heat wave is upon us, be careful when you are outside in this kind of weather. 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:

  • When selecting fresh peaches, look for ones that are soft to the touch, blemish free and have a fragrant smell. Peaches that are mildly fragrant ripen into sweet and delicious flavors. Choose fruit that has a background color of yellow or cream and has a fresh looking appearance. Peaches may have some red “blush” depending on the variety, but this isn’t a sign of how the fruit will taste after it’s ripened.

  • Some things never change—and they never should.

  • St. Luke to break ground

    St. Luke Lutheran Church, 5869 Ocean Highway West in Ocean Isle Beach (opposite Union School Road), will celebrate the groundbreaking for its new sanctuary, administration area and classrooms on Sunday, July 13.

    Services will begin at 10 a.m. inside the existing sanctuary and later will move outside to the location of the new buildings.

    Special invited guests will include former pastors of the congregation, charter members, a representative from R.H. McClure Builders and others.

    A reception will follow the service.

  • Kiersten and Brendan Gordon of Supply are the parents of twins, Harper Elizabeth Gordon and Kennedy Suzanna Gordon, born at 2:57 p.m. at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    Harper Elizabeth weighed 4 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 17 inches long. Kennedy Suzanna weighed 3 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 16 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Don and Judy Luff of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Teresa and Bob Bradbury of Frederick Md., and Joseph and Elizabeth Gordon of Urbana, Md.

    Great-grandparents are Edwin and Elizabeth Hahn of Sunset Beach.

  • Jennifer Elizabeth Poole of Gibsonville and Christopher Kelly Bullard of Calabash were married May 17 on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride is the daughter of Ned and Katie Poole of Gibsonville. The groom is the son of Michael and Beverly Bullard of Calabash.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father and her black Labrador-mix, Barkley.

    The bride wore a handmade dress designed by Classic Bride in Davidson. She carried a bouquet of white gerbera daisies.