.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Features

  • Mr. and Mrs. Allan Cheatham of Shallotte announce the engagement of their daughter, Elizabeth Allyn Cheatham, to Samuel Peyton Hankins, son of Mr. and Mrs. Vince Hankins of Burlington. A March 2018 wedding is planned.

    Cheatham, a graduate of Meredith College, is a talent acquisition coordinator with IBM.

    Hankins graduated from North Carolina State University and is employed as a business development representative with Dystar.

  • The Roosevelt and Ruth Marlow Memorial Park project was recently selected by NC Beautiful, WRAL-TV5 and Capitol Broadcasting to receive a prize of 50 azaleas.

    The award is part of NC Beautiful’s 32nd annual Azalea Celebration that rewards North Carolina community organizations for improving their communities through creative landscape projects.

  • It’s that time of year again to shell out festive fall food and fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The 37th North Carolina Oyster Festival is revving up for Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 21 and 22, at 8 E. Second St.

    This year’s festival features a variety of new vendors in both the food and crafts/merchandise areas, events director Robyn Beliveau with the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce promises.

  • A Halloween theme highlights annual Boo at the Beach festivities from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 20, at the Holden Beach Pavilion at the end of Jordan Boulevard.

    This free event features booths with carnival games for children sponsored by organizations, businesses and residents.

    A costume contest starts promptly at 6 p.m. and will be divided into age groups: 0-3, 4-6, 7-10, 11-13 and older than 13.

    For more information, call Holden Beach Town Hall at 842-6488.

  • The annual Brunswick Plantation Arts and Crafts Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 21, at Brunswick House, 382 Brunswick Drive, showcases local artisans and crafters selling handmade baskets, quilts, knitted shawls, scarves, capes, sewn items of silk and brocade, birdhouses, pottery, wood-turned items, jewelry, unique handmade gifts, crocheted items, prints, photos, watercolors, bags and more. There will also be a bake sale for local charities and a food booth. Admission is free.

  • Raymond and Ami Thompson of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Scarlett Rose Thompson, born at 3:09 a.m. Sept. 25 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center Betty H. Cameron Women’s & Children’s Hospital in Wilmington.

    She weighed in at 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparent is Bonnett Bellamy Fortiscue of Supply. Paternal grandparent is Teresea Evans Taylor of Supply.

  • The guys came through my neighborhood this week with the hedge shears to turn every shrub — loropetalum, ligustrum, holly, camellia, whatever — into round balls.

    Humans seem to love this “geometric pruning” because you see it in Europe as well as here in the states. I suppose part of the appeal is that it’s easy and quick and you don’t have to know anything about plants. 

    Sheared plants make sense in very formal gardens, but our gardens are much more informal with flowing lines and asymmetrical balance. 

  •  

  • By John Nelson

     

    Perhaps you have heard of a certain plant with this provocative common name, “Blaspheme-vine.”

    This, of course, is a well-known species of Smilax, specifically Smilax laurifolia, which grows from New Jersey all the way to Texas, mostly on the Coastal Plain, and usually in damp habitats.

  • This was an entirely new definition of “dog tired.”

    Slumped in my exam room was a mussy-haired, middle-aged mother of three with a dynamic Dachshund dancing around her legs. She looked pleadingly at me through eyes yellowed and sunken from overuse: “I need your help. I haven’t slept for two nights due to this.”

    Her eyes trailed downward, landing squarely on the beaming brown fur baby at her feet. I was confused.