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Today's News

  • Drought conditions make dry land plentiful

    I visited Universal Studios’ theme park in southern California last week where they still have a section devoted to Kevin Costner’s 1995 movie flop, “Waterworld.” Those of you who may have seen it already know the plot revolves around a world after the polar icecaps have melted and dry land is hard to find.

    We haven’t had too much trouble finding dry land in the last year or so, but observing southern California landscapes has reinforced an old opinion of mine that we water our trees, shrubs and lawns way more than we have to.

  • Create an area that will be attractive to humans and butterflies

    If you enjoy the beauty of butterflies, why not create an area in your landscape for them?

    Butterflies are colorful, delicate and graceful in flight. Their visits to your flowers have a purpose—it is a quest for the necessities of life. Plant their favorite nectar plants if you want to attract them.

  • Business briefs

    Waccamaw ranked among top banks

    Waccamaw Bank was ranked by U.S. Banker magazine as one of the Top 200 Community Banks in the United States, according to a news release.

    Waccamaw Bankshares was ranked as 151 out of about 9,000 banks nation-wide.

  • Local restaurants receive health grades

    Environmental health specialists with the Brunswick County Health Department inspected and graded local restaurants and other food establishments during the past month.

    Grades are based on a perfect score of 100, with points taken away for infractions of state health standards. A score of 90 or better represents an A; 80-89, B; 70-79, C. Establishments with a score below C would not be allowed to operate. Establishments which have two scores during the same inspection period have been regraded at the management’s request.

  • New books are available at Rourk Branch Library

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte.

    Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

    Non-fiction

    “Champions Body for Life” by Art Career. Twelve weeks to mental and physical strength.

    “Your Government Failed You” by Richard A Clarke. A look inside the debacle of government policies.

    “America’s Hidden History” by Kenneth C. Davis. Untold tales of the first Pilgrim’s fighting women, and forgotten founders who shaped a nation.

  • DAR honors student award winners

    The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution ended a successful club year with a luncheon at Duffer’s Pub and Grill at Oak Island Golf Club.

    The program was in recognition of student winners of the group’s JROTC scholarships and Good Citizen Awards. Elsie Hinkhouse introduced and presented $100 savings bonds to those JROTC winners at the DAR meeting.

  • Whitesides

    Seth and Polly Whitesides of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Jaxon Cole Whitesides, born at 12:53 p.m. May 30 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Brady, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Hoffmann-Lynch

    Lorraine Hoffmann and Thomas Lynch Jr. were married Saturday, June 14, at the Little River, S.C., home of the groom’s sister, Loretta Dingee.

    The Rev. Jean Pelletier and his wife Fran officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hoffmann of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Albert A. Hoffmann.

    The groom is the son of Thomas Lynch Sr. of Calabash and the late Ellen Lynch.

    The bride’s mother served as matron of honor, and the groom’s father served as best man.

  • McLean-Bloech

    Jennifer McLean of Wilmington and Christopher Bloech of Isle of Palms, S.C., were married June 7 in a ceremony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Rev. Eugene Wells, the bride’s uncle, performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ron and Catherine McLean of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Ken and Susan Bloech of Kennesaw, Ga.

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

    Melissa Hegarty served as matron of honor.

    Ringbearer was Christopher McLean, the bride’s nephew.

  • Parker-Cox

    Sarah Amanda Parker of Supply and Josh Eugene Cox of Ash were married June 13 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    Pastor Joel Fanti officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky Parker and Linda Parker of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Pam and Tom Anello of Ash.

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

    The bride wore a white, mock-two-piece gown with a portrait neckline and a corset bodice made of white taffetta with a tufted skirt embellished with flowers and organza layers.