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Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Teresa Wright Hughes of Little River, S.C., and William B. West of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Donald and Shirley Wright of Wilmington. The prospective groom is the son of William B. West Sr. of Hamlet and the late Bessie Crow West. An April 13 wedding is planned at Living Stones Baptist Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Jennifer Ann Kirby of Supply and Kirk Joseph Worrell of Shallotte were married March 15 at Ocean View Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church in Supply by the Rev. R.C. Dixon and the Rev. Gerald Kirby.

    The bride is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Kirby of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Livius and Mary Jo Worrell of Fayetteville.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Amanda Piver served as matron of honor. Bridesmaids were Stephanie Kirby of Supply, the bride’s sister, and Megan Chestnut of Supply.

  • Mount Pisgah Baptist Church presented its second annual production of the interactive Easter drama, “Journey Through Jerusalem” March 13-21 on the church grounds.

    Written by church member Tracy King, the drama takes visitors through various stops on Jesus’ journey to the cross, his death and resurrection. The visitors “just miss” Jesus at various places but hear from his followers and others who come in contact with him about his journey.

  • Photographic works by Southport artist Lou Aliotta will be featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through April 12.

    The show, “Lou Aliotta: Photographer's Journal,” includes landscape photos from upstate New York and Southport, floral images and specialty images that were created with a series of color-saturated variations of the same photo.

  • March 20

    6:30-8:30 p.m., Spectrum Art and Jewelry, Wilmington. Fundraiser to help painter Anne Boysen in her battle with ovarian cancer. At the clubhouse of the Reserve Apartments at Mayfaire (1411 Parkview Circle). All proceeds will go to Boysen. For more information, contact 256-2323.

    March 26-April 9

    Annual juried student exhibition on display March 26 through April 9, UNCW, Wilmington. For more information, call 962-3500 or visit http://www.uncw.edu/arts online.

    Ongoing through March 28

  • Join the Museum of Coastal Carolina rain or shine for a two-day class of geocaching. This outdoor classroom activity is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. May 2 and from noon-2 p.m. May 3 for grades five through adults.

    Pre-registration is required.

    On day one, participants will meet at the museum in the computer lab and then walk to three caches hidden on the island.

  • Microorganisms that cause disease can be transferred from animal manures to humans.

    The pathogens Salmonella, Listeria and E.coli, as well as parasites, such as roundworms and tapeworms, have been linked to applications of manure to gardens.

    Publicity about illnesses due to E.coli 0157:H7 has made people more aware of the potential risk of food borne illness from manure contamination. As a result, many are now asking whether it is safe to use manure on their gardens.

  • I’ve never been one of those people who got overly excited about native plants. We do have some wonderful natives, but some of our southern favorites like evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and crape myrtle have all been introduced from other parts of the world.

    Redbud is a native small tree that’s flowering right now that makes a great addition to the garden. It’s distinctive, heart-shaped leaves and reddish-purple flowers make it easy to recognize. “Forest Pansy” has dark purple leaves when they first emerge.

  • Spring, ah yes, spring, and a gardener's fancy turns to, “What else?” Planting!

    I know you’re not all bozos out there, but just a few reminders. Everyone needs to be preached to now and then, and I’m just the guy to do it. When I was a teaching, a student once came up to me and said, “You are a preacher teacher,” so who is so foolish to argue with the wisdom of youth? And if you've got it, why fight it?

  • You want attitude? Pound for pound—actually ounce for ounce—the Carolina wren is the Lower Cape Fear’s bird with the most attitude. The wren is only exceeded at times by an occasional mockingbird or a visiting New York cab driver.

    The mockingbird arguably has the baddest attitude because, when defending its territory, it sometimes attacks people, its own reflection in a window, and other birds. And who hasn’t seen a mocker terrorize a cat?