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Today's News

  • Trying hard to lose weight? Just eat more food and more often!

    We’ve heard all the notions about weight loss, some of them generations old.

    “If you eat grapefruit before a meal, you’ll burn off calories.” “A shot of unprocessed apple cider vinegar cleanses your body and helps you lose weight.” “Eating after 8 p.m. packs on the pounds.” Are those old wives tales or solid advice?

  • Pictures of patriotism

    The theme was “patriotism” for the juried competition at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.

    Members submitted images depicting different views of patriotic subjects and scenes. The winners were as follows:

    First place: Charlie Mastrovich for “Southport 4th of July.”

    Second place: Wendy Wagner for “Patriotic Reflections.”

    Third place: John Ennis for “Snow Spangled Banner.”

  • The World War II Years (1940-1945) at Ocean Isle Beach

    Ocean Isle Beach during World War II and before was named Hale’s Beach.

    During World War II, the only structure on Hale’s Beach was a U.S. Coast Guard camp that was home for 20 men on Gause’s Hill. The mission of the Coast Guard men was to ride along the beach every day on horseback and watch for German spies, downed airplanes, submarines, blackout violations, or any suspicious activity.

  • Arts & Entertainment calendar

    Ongoing

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

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Exhibit culminates with Oct. 3 open house at Franklin Square Gallery

    Franklin Square Gallery in Southport is featuring its new exhibit “The Figure Exposed,” which culminates with an open house at the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

    Last spring, many local painters attended a workshop in experimental techniques in figure painting. They have been refining their paintings over the summer, and this show is the culmination of their work.

  • Tackling turf tasks during cooler weather

    The cooler days and nights mean our warm-season grasses are slowing growth and getting ready for winter’s dormant period, but there are still some things you can do to keep things looking good through the fall and winter.

    If you just can’t stand the brown grass this winter, overseed with ryegrass in early to mid-October. If weeds are a major problem for you, a pre-emergence herbicide applied now will help. Make sure you keep debris like pine straw and leaves cleaned up.

  • September gardening tips

    Here are some gardening tips for September.

    Landscaping

    Everyone wants to know the best time to move plants or to plant them. According to extension specialists, the best time is the fall season. Late September and October would be some of the best times for us in the coastal regions but there should still be some good times even in November and early December to plant shrubs and trees. You still have time to put in a fall garden for some of your cool season crops.

    Autumn color ideas

  • What's eating on your plants? The culprit might be slug

    What’s eating the leaves on my plant? Hot Line volunteers hear the complaint many times during the growing season. Following is the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s answer to that question:

  • Wilkes

    Shanna and Stephen Wilkes of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Abbey McKenna Wilkes, born at 5:20 p.m. July 31 at Rex Hospital in Raleigh.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Elon and Gail King of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Margaret Wilkes of Lowesville and Charles Wilkes of Valdese.

    Great-grandmother is Rebecca Hatchett of Hickory.

  • Life and death are adventures of the heart

    My friend has died. I wrote about her not so long ago. I mentioned she was a woman who decided, on a daily basis, to live until she died.

    She was a woman who constantly and consistently chose life. Now, she has life in the full and forever.

    The news did not come as a shock since she had been battling cancer for the past five years. There were no tears to mark a tragic event or wringing of hands in anguish or denial, but it was still a moment of quiet sadness.