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Today's Features

  • 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.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Last week’s article was about some of the issues people have brought up about the use of mulches in the landscape.

    I promised this week we would look at the benefits of mulching, but before we proceed, I want to let you read what our specialist from N.C. State provided to ease some of the concerns about the use of mulch and the presence of termites. Excerpt from Mike Waldvogel:

    The bottom line

  • Recently, we have received several calls on the Extension Master Gardener’s Hot Line concerning lack of blooms on various types of plants.

    Following are some possible reasons—sometimes, there are just no explanations:

    Shrubs and flowers that are supposed to bloom, but don’t often frustrate gardeners. Someone recently reported nothing in their yard would bloom and went on to name several species that normally flower well in this area.

  • South Carolina is the ‘Palmetto’ state in honor of the cabbage palm or sabal palmetto. This trunk-forming palm is native to coastal regions as far north as Bald Head Island, but it does pretty well all the way up to Onslow and Carteret counties in the ‘Tarheel’ state.

    The techniques necessary to successfully transplant a sabal palmetto are similar in some ways to what we try to do with typical trees and shrubs, but vastly different in others.

  • Brunswick County is where the first open armed resistance to the Stamp Act occurred on Nov. 28, 1765—eight years before the Boston Tea Party in 1773.

    In 1763, England sent 10,000 new Red Coats to the Colonies and began taxing the Colonies to pay for this expense. The British imposed the Stamp Act in 1765, and this infuriated colonists.

  • "Tomatoes and oregano make it Italian; wine and tarragon make it French; sour cream makes it Russian; lemon and cinnamon make it Greek; soy sauce makes it Chinese; but garlic makes it good," said Alice May Brock (of Alice's Restaurant fame).

    Garlic has been alleged to perform everything from curing countless illnesses to warding off evil spirits and vampires. The Egyptians fed garlic to the slaves who built the pyramids believing it increased their physical strength.

  • I love the Olympics. It’s not an addiction, but it is a seriousI love to listen to the stories that accompany each entrant.

    I love to watch and admire the athletic ability. I cry with each defeat as much as I scream with delight when victory is claimed.

    I even thrill with the repeated message that comes in an ad via the deep basso of Morgan Freeman’s voice.

  • Girls Night Out set at Calvary

    Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte will present Girls’ Night Out from 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, featuring Marian Jordan, author, speaker and founder of Redeemed Girl Ministries in Houston, Texas.

    Admission is free. No registration needed. All women and girls welcome.

    Call 575-3878 for more information.

    Youth gospel concert set

    New Hope Freewill Baptist Church, 88 Snowfield Road in Leland, will host a youth gospel concert featuring the New Hope Freewill Baptist Junior Choir at 6 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23.

  • Shawn and Robin Hewett Hicken of Ash are the parents of a son, Tanner Elton Hicken, born at 7:48 a.m. June 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Roger and Bernice Hewett of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Duane and Mary Ann Hicken of Norwood, N.Y., and Simone Rodwell of Norwood.

    Great-grandmother is Elizabeth Austin of Norwood.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lauren Michelle Sellars of Ocean Isle Beach and Richard Channing Joyner of Ocean Isle Beach. An Aug. 23 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church, 2030 Holden Beach Road, Supply.