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Today's News

  • Twisting vines are good alternatives to fence

    Small gardens often must rely on fencing to provide privacy. We don’t have enough room to plant large evergreens that grow wide and take up the limited space, but plain fencing doesn’t make any gardener’s heart skip a beat. To solve this problem, consider vines for foliage, flowers and a welcome softening of the stark fencing.

    Wisterias have a horrible reputation for swallowing everything in their path. For the ones from China and Japan, it is well deserved, but the American wisterias aren’t nearly as invasive.

  • Choosing topsoil

    There are numerous ideas and misconceptions about what constitutes good topsoil. Some gardeners have the idea any and all material sold and marketed as topsoil has some magical ability to grow plants. Once unloaded off the truck and graded out, the true characteristics begin to appear...clods, rocks, cans, plastic bottles and roots. You also can receive numerous exotic weed seed.

  • Church briefs

    Sharon United Methodist Men will sponsor a fish fry from 4-7 p.m. April 26 at the church at 2030 Holden Beach Road.

    Cost is $6 per plate. Proceeds will benefit the church building fund.

    For more information, call the church office at 842-2929.

    Temple sets

    Passover services

    Temple Emanu-El has announced its Passover schedule of services:

    7:30 p.m. Friday, April 25; 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 26; Yizkor service will be from 10 a.m.-noon Sunday, April 27.

    Holocaust Memorial Day observances

  • Jackie Henson

    Jackie Holmes Henson, 71, of Shallotte, died April 22, 2008 in Brunswick Community Hospital.

    Mr. Henson was born in Wilmington on Feb. 2, 1937 to the late Hoyle Jackson and Annie Layton (Mae) Holmes Henson.

    He was preceded in death by his grandparents, parents and infant son, Eric Samuel.

  • DeWitt-Reynolds

    Amanda Sue DeWitt and Charles Elliott Reynolds Jr. were married Saturday, April 5, at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte.

    The bride is the daughter of Delbert and Trina DeWitt of Mesa, Ariz., and Carrie and Christian Partello of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Linda Reynolds of Leland.

    Brittany Galloway served as maid of honor. Bridesmaid was Kelli Lancaster.

    The best man was Benjamin Reynolds. Groomsman was Joe Lancaster.

  • Remember to have a blessed day

    Among the many things I love about living in the South is the custom of being blessed.

    Along with the paper or plastic question, many cashiers send me on my way home with the words, “Have a blessed day” ringing in my ears.

    For some, it may be a substitute for the ubiquitous “Have a good day,” but I suspect most folks really mean the benediction. They feel God’s graciousness in their lives and wish to share that giftedness.

  • Holden Beach Chapel to be part of Days at the Docks

    The Holden Beach Chapel has several events planned for Saturday, April 26, during the festivities of Days at the Docks.

    A silent auction will take place from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Bids are placed during the day and the final high bidder receives the item.

    Items open for bidding include: original art work, service projects, jewelry and collectables. Special recreational offerings include: beach home rentals, a quail hunt, golf packages and tickets to a UNC football game.

  • West athletic director makes annual pilgrimage to Final Four

    Most people never get to go to a Final Four.

    Marcia Heady has been to 18.

    For a few days each year, the West Brunswick athletic director traipses all over the country watching the best women’s basketball coaches and players in America.

    Besides watching the NCAA Women’s Basketball semifinals and championship game, Heady spends her Final Fours listening to lectures, talking in elevators and even dining beside her heroes and heroines.

  • Kyle Busch takes Mexican road race

    MEXICO CITY, Mex.—Kyle Busch caught and passed Scott Pruett nine laps from the finish to win Sunday’s NASCAR Nationwide Series race at Mexico City.

    It was the third consecutive Nationwide Series win for Busch.

    Probably the biggest story of the race was the second-place finish of Marcus Ambrose—the highest career finish for the Australian native.

    Ambrose had to go to the rear of the 43-car field twice: first, at the start of the 80-lap race because his crew changed a clutch after qualifying, and again for a pit road violation.

  • Government could take a clue on refunds and fulfillment from NASCAR

    Wouldn’t it be great if the IRS operated more like NASCAR?

    When expending a certain amount of angst, effort or both, it seems only right and natural to expect some sort of a payoff in return. This is never more evident than during (and before and after) tax season, which for most of us has just concluded its annual fusillade of frustration.