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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Church briefs

    Homecoming, revival set

    Beulah Baptist Church, 670 Hickman Road NW in Calabash, will have homecoming and revival beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, Oct. 12.

    Revival will continue through Wednesday, Oct. 15, at 7 p.m. each evening.

    The Rev. Bill McNeil of Supply Baptist Church will be the guest speaker.

    There will be special music at each service.

    Chapel sets service

    Ocean Isle Beach Chapel will have services at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 28 at the chapel, 4 West Third St. in Ocean Isle Beach.

    Minister is the Rev. John Chase of Beach Assembly of God.

  • Fundraising for fitness

    Talking Friday morning with his bike-riding friends outside the Flying Pig Coffee House on Oak Island, Larry Snead was interrupted by someone who handed him a $25 check. The money was a donation to the funds Snead’s year-old bicycle team has been raising through Bike MS.

    “We got five new recruits this morning,” Snead told the donor. “I have two more checks in my pocket.”

    And Snead probably will have more checks for the Raleigh chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society by the time his fundraising drive ends in early October.

  • A good walk unspoiled

    Bemused, I read the e-mails of the golf results sent to me Sept. 5—the day Tropical Storm Hanna hit the area.

    My thought: Perfect British Open weather. Wish I were out there playing, too.

    At least four leagues completed their rounds that day, just before the heavy rain and gusty winds smothered the county. And I suppose they were thinking the same thing I was: So this is what it’s like to play in the British Open. Great.

  • Fall fishing has arrived in Brunswick County

    Finally, the water has cleared, the air has cooled, the north winds are blowing and it is time to go fishing.