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Today's Features

  • Seems like the ticks are trying to take over the world (at least the Brunswick County portion). If you stay outside much, these pests seem to be everywhere.

    The Extension agents are reporting what seems to be an inordinate amount of these obnoxious little creatures awaiting a meal, and that meal may be you! The Master Gardener Hotline has received calls concerning ticks. Homeowners with natural landscapes will normally have more of a problem than others.

  • Small gardens often must rely on fencing to provide privacy. We don’t have enough room to plant large evergreens that grow wide and take up the limited space, but plain fencing doesn’t make any gardener’s heart skip a beat. To solve this problem, consider vines for foliage, flowers and a welcome softening of the stark fencing.

    Wisterias have a horrible reputation for swallowing everything in their path. For the ones from China and Japan, it is well deserved, but the American wisterias aren’t nearly as invasive.

  • There are numerous ideas and misconceptions about what constitutes good topsoil. Some gardeners have the idea any and all material sold and marketed as topsoil has some magical ability to grow plants. Once unloaded off the truck and graded out, the true characteristics begin to appear...clods, rocks, cans, plastic bottles and roots. You also can receive numerous exotic weed seed.

  • You say PEE-can, I say pa-KAWN, or so the saying goes. However, a new national survey finds PEE-can is the overwhelming choice among Americans.

    Nearly half of all pecan consumers prefer this pronunciation of the all-American tree nut, with the rest of the nation roughly split between pa-KAWN and PEE-kawn.

    With April being National Pecan Month, now is the perfect time for all of us to start taking advantage of the versatility of pecans and reaping the health benefits at the same time.

    PECAN HISTORY

  • Building strong bones is a lot like building a healthy balance in your “calcium bank account.” Bones are living tissue and constantly in a state of turnover, making calcium deposits and withdrawals daily. Bones don’t come with a lifetime guarantee. They need continuing maintenance or they can weaken and break.

  • Among the many things I love about living in the South is the custom of being blessed.

    Along with the paper or plastic question, many cashiers send me on my way home with the words, “Have a blessed day” ringing in my ears.

    For some, it may be a substitute for the ubiquitous “Have a good day,” but I suspect most folks really mean the benediction. They feel God’s graciousness in their lives and wish to share that giftedness.

  • The Holden Beach Chapel has several events planned for Saturday, April 26, during the festivities of Days at the Docks.

    A silent auction will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bids are placed during the day and the final high bidder receives the item.

    Items open for bidding include: original art work, service projects, jewelry and collectables. Special recreational offerings include: beach home rentals, a quail hunt, golf packages and tickets to a UNC football game.

  • Amanda Sue DeWitt and Charles Elliott Reynolds Jr. were married Saturday, April 5, at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Delbert and Trina DeWitt of Mesa, Ariz., and Carrie and Christian Partello of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Linda Reynolds of Leland.

    Brittany Galloway served as maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Kelli Lancaster.

    The best man was Benjamin Reynolds. Groomsman was Joe Lancaster.

  • A new case is diagnosed every 20 minutes, but there is no treatment or cure for this disorder.

    As doctors continue to seek answers and cures, children around the world learn to live with autism and help put a face on an illness doctors know little about.

  • U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Tom Blandino has been named the Air Force’s non-commissioned officer of the year for the 9th Air Force.

    But the West Brunswick graduate now stationed at Seymour Johnson Air Force base in Goldsboro says he’s more proud of his troop than of his recent accolades.

    Blandino’s award was announced March 8 in Destin, Fla., which he described as a door-opening experience.

    The award, he said, is for “outstanding and distinguished combat-related service.”