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Today's Features

  • As part of the Fourth of July festivities in Southport, each year Franklin Square Gallery invites artists from across the country to participate in its July National Exhibition, a juried show.

    These artists from afar join local and regional entrants. First slides of submissions are judged for them to become part of the show, and accepted artwork is then shipped to the gallery for the exhibition. Artists are in contention for prizes totaling more than $6,000 in cash, merchandise and guaranteed purchase awards.

  • Artwork by Kristin Gibson is on display in the lobby of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    Two pieces called “Into the Aquarium I” and “Into the Aquarium II” feature aquatic life such as stingrays and turtles. Both are made of wax and dye on silk.

    Gibson lives in Carolina Beach with her family, and paints from her home and backyard in a space called “Saltwater Studio.” The name gives a nod to a lifetime lived by the sea and to the salt and water integral to her process.

  • While there are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the Southeast, a relatively new disease threatens to make homegrown tomatoes almost impossible for many local gardeners.

    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is different from most tomato diseases because a virus, rather than a fungus or bacteria, cause it.

  • One of the first signs of drought stress in ornamentals and turf is wilting. Many of our favorite plants show drought related symptoms differently. The leaves of some plants may exhibit marginal leaf burn or leaf scorching while others will simply wilt.

  • Daylilies are tolerant of almost anything nature or humans can cast upon them—heat, cold, drought and neglect. They are remarkably resistant to diseases and pest problems.

    Daylilies require little care, increasing in number and beauty year after year. Their spectacular blooms create a palette of colors. Thirty-five thousand plus registered varieties can be found in a kaleidoscope of extravagant shades—creamy beige, lemon yellow, pale lavender, hot magenta, candy pink, pizza orange, splashy red and royal purple.

  • Community members from across the county attended Smart Start of Brunswick County’s annual State of the Young Child Breakfast, where several people received awards for their work with children, Smart Start announced in a news release.

    The event was Friday, June 6, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

  • Pender County is hosting its fifth annual North Carolina Blueberry Festival this weekend on Friday and Saturday, June 20-21, in historic downtown Burgaw.

    Last year’s event attracted an estimated 25,000 people and this year organizers expect to surpass that number.

    Celebrating the home of the first cultivated blueberry in North Carolina, the Blueberry Festival celebrates the historical, economic and cultural significance of blueberries in the southeastern region of the state.

    Currently, Pender County ranks second in blueberry production in North Carolina.

  • My son-in-law made his request months ago. He wanted to surprise my daughter, his wife, with a trip to Hawaii for their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Knowing I was planning to attend my 15th college reunion and would be in the Northeast in early June, he decided to organize their venture to coincide with mine.

    This gave all of us an opportunity to stretch our faith—theirs in relinquishing “control” of their children and mine in renewing my parenting skills, albeit from an older and wiser place!

    Thus began the long-range preparations.

  • ‘Saturday Night Alive‘ youth event set at Calvary Baptist

    The youth department of Calvary Baptist Church will host a communitywide youth event called “Saturday Night Alive” from 6-9 p.m., June 21.

    The purpose of the event is to unite youth in grades six through 12 for a “wholesome evening of fun with music, games, skits, food and more.”

    The church is at 623 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Zion Hill choir

    to perform

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Letonia Nicole Banks of Riegelwood and Herman Douglas Bland of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Stanley and Helen Banks of Riegelwood. The prospective groom is the son of Henry and Mary Clifton and Herman Williams Jr. of Shallotte. A July 5 wedding is planned at United Faith Ministries in Elizabethtown.