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Today's Features

  • 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.”

  • Area women will spread their wings and fly at the second annual Butterfly Sisterhood Banquet on April 25.

    This is a community-sponsored event organized by the Ladies’ Ministry of First Baptist Church of Shallotte.

    Cookie Medlin, director of the ladies’ ministry, is in charge of the committee organizing the event this year. Medlin said she is looking forward to it.

  • Ocean Isle Beach may have its own George Clooney in the making, although this up-and-coming movie actor is not interested in being a major player on the Hollywood scene.

    He says he has a higher calling.

    People who attend the musical dramas at Ocean View Baptist Church are familiar with 25-year-old Adam Melton. He’s played the role of the risen Jesus in the Easter performances for several years and various parts in the Christmas musicals directed by his father, Larry Melton, the church’s music director.

  • A crowd of more than 400 turned out to honor Walter Harvest “Harvey” Robinson at his 100th birthday party and dinner Saturday, April 5, at Bolivia Elementary School.

    The Supply centenarian, also known through the years as Granddaddy, Uncle Harvey and Pops, was accompanied by his wife of 17 years, Eva, who’s 85.

    The event also paid tribute to Robinson’s late, first wife, Rosie Mae Hankins-Robinson, to whom he was married 54 years, his three children and eight step-children and their spouses.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild Exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday–Friday and 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday. Artwork available for sale. Exhibit is renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

  • Now we should be out of the woods as far as frosts and freezes go. It’s time to think about adding some high impact annual color in the landscape.

    Before we get too deep into what to plant, you need to do some prep work. Most annuals need good soils. What’s a good soil? That means high organic matter, high fertility and good drainage.

  • March usually brings the first sightings of carpenter bees in north Florida. While they do resemble the well-known bumblebee, they differ in appearance and behavior.

    Carpenter bees are large and robust. The upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.

  • For Oak Island residents and vacationing birders alike, the island offers a number of good sites for finding and photographing birds.

    Ocean, dune, estuarine, salt marsh and maritime forest habitats host a wide variety of birds—and a mix of species that slowly but continually changes as seasons change—sometimes almost weekly.

    Fall migration and winter offer the most exciting experiences; however, spring and summer offer the return of special breeding birds like painted buntings.

  • Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet. I have been rather successful at it, losing almost 30 pounds in the last three months.

    Now this doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making and eating anything that contains excessive fat or carbs. I’ve just learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better.