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Today's Features

  •  Every decade has its buzzwords. This is true in religious circles, as well. It seems as if we need new nomenclatures to help us renew, and hopefully deepen, our understanding and commitment to any cause with which we are involved.

    Though I’d scarcely call it a buzzword, evangelization has been voiced as essential to Christianity from its beginnings. In the earliest gospel according to Mark, we read a terse command: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Then comes the Great Commission, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel.”

  •   By John Nelson 

    To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard … I would not care.

    Shakespeare, Troilus & Cressida, V: 1.

     

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Lynisa M. Aubin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Aubin, who graduated from North Brunswick High School in Leland, completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.

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    Hummus has become my go-to appetizer when we have guests. It’s a more healthful alternative to sour cream or mayo-based dips. I like to serve it with fresh vegetables, multigrain crackers or cut-up pita bread.

  •  Grilling season is here, so it’s time to review the basics

    The Memorial Day weekend is traditionally the beginning of the grilling season for many in the country, and no matter where you live, new equipment, new techniques, new cookbooks and new recipes await the seasoned grill master for yet another summer of delectable delights.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — A roomful of residents turned out to hear proposed plans to build another traffic-circle roundabout, this time at N.C. 179 and N.C. 904/Ocean Isle Beach Road.

    Several had concerns at the May 21 public meeting at Ocean Isle Beach Town Hall, along with complaints about the newly opened roundabout at Old Georgetown Road and N.C. 904/Four Mile Road.

  •  If you go

    What: Bailout

    When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, May 29

    Where: Museum of Coastal Carolina, 21 E. Second St., Ocean Isle Beach

    Admission: free; cash donations accepted for food pantry; no chairs setup before 5:15 p.m.

    They’re a local band renowned for their talents on the local circuit.

    Bailout is a band regularly playing the hits and classics at Sharky’s Waterfront Restaurant in Ocean Isle Beach and other local venues.

  • This Saturday in the park will be another pickin’ and singin’ celebration.

    The 12th annual Mostly Bluegrass Spring Festival, scheduled from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in Riverside Park in Shallotte, will feature variegated vocal and acoustic skills of four North Carolina bluegrass bands, along with an all-day music jam open to anyone who wants to sing or jam on a bluegrass instrument.

    “We bring a variety of groups,” Jim Caulder, president of the Shallotte-based Mostly Bluegrass Society, said.

  •  By Sam Marshall

    Horticulture Agent

     

    Looking for native plants? Worried about Bambi sneaking into your garden and destroying your hostas? A problem for many gardeners, deer seem to feed on just about everything, aside from maybe those inflatable palm trees you see at the pool. Battle-weary gardeners can take heed (and maybe sit down), because believe it or not, there are more than a few native plants that will resist deer and also enhance the beauty of your landscape.

     

    Why native plants?

  •  Ask most gardeners about sweet-smelling flowering shrubs for the garden, and gardenia will be at the top of the list. This prom corsage favorite is a little too sickeningly sweet for my taste, but it does a great job of perfuming the garden.

    Once you get past gardenia, the consensus on making your garden life sweet breaks down, but luckily, there are lots of options for sweet-smelling shrubs in southeastern North Carolina.