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Today's News

  • Japanese beetle invasion imminent this summer

    No, you haven’t passed through a time warp where Zeros are swooping in to drop torpedo bombs on the U.S.S. Arizona. But, we do have a Japanese invasion that’s just getting started—the annual invasion of our gardens by the Japanese beetle.

    While these coppery-brown and green beetles have a voracious appetite for several hundred different plants, they really like to skeletonize the leaves of roses and grape vines. White or yellow roses are especially attractive.

  • Inquiring gardeners want to know about pests

    Poison ivy is an unwanted weed that shows up in residential home and commercial landscape projects. To sensitive individuals, the effect of poison ivy can be an interference with daily contracting activities. Some people are more sensitive than others to the effects of poison ivy; however, sensitivity can change from time to time so that someone who was not affected by it at one time can get a reaction at another time.

  • Landscaping requires planning to make use of natural site

    The North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service defines landscaping as “the art of organizing and enriching outdoor space through the placement of plants and structures in agreeable and useful relationship with the natural setting.”

  • Montgomery-Szwed

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christy Montgomery and Michael Szwed, both of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of June and Charles Simpson of North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The prospective groom is the son of Deborah Szwed of Longs, S.C. and Michael Szwed Sr. of New Jersey. A March 14, 2009, ceremony is planned at Chapel By The Sea.

  • Lesley-Parker

    Kristin Ann Lesley and Jason Britt Parker, both of Lakeland, Fla., were married at 8 p.m. March 23 in a double-ring ceremony in the Little White Wedding Chapel in Las Vegas.

  • Thinking about what I will say in my last lecture

    Primetime is one of my favorite television programs, so it was more than happenstance that I watched a program with the intriguing title, “The Last Lecture.” Because of the comparatively late hour it is televised, despite my best efforts, I often slip into sleep, but it was not the case this time. I was completely “hooked” with Professor Randy Pausch’s opening remarks.

  • Church briefs

    Beach Assembly of God to host program

    Beach Assembly of God, 6730 Ocean Hwy. W. in Ocean Isle Beach, will host a special service featuring Building HOPE Prison Ministries at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, June 1.

    Love gifts will be received for Building HOPE founders Gary and Donna Phelps.

    For more information, call 579-9701.

    All day Mah Jongg tournament planned

    The Sisterhood of Temple Emanu-EL will host an all-day summer Mah Jongg tournament on Thursday, June 12, at Temple Emanu-EL Rosen Center, 65th Ave. and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Kahne wins Coca-Cola 600

    CONCORD—Kasey Kahne inherited the lead for the last time with three laps to go in the 400-lap Coca-Cola 600 Sunday, after the leader Tony Stewart hit the wall with a blown right front tire.

    Kahne had been the previous leader but fell behind Stewart after a round of late pit stops for fuel and was running about five seconds behind Stewart.

    It was the second win in a row for Kahne. Last week he won $1 million for winning the All-Star race, but it was the first points race win since the fall of 2006 for the driver of the Evernham-Gillette No. 9 Dodge.

  • IRL meets NASCAR—and it works

    When the qualifying laps were completed, the front row for one of the biggest, most prestigious races of the entire season, run each year on Memorial Day weekend, featured a couple of familiar names. The No. 1 and No. 2 starters drive for Chip Ganassi Racing, while the drivers in the third and fourth positions call Roger Penske their boss.

  • Weekend doesn't diminish McCumbee's hopes

    MANSFIELD, Ohio—The Ohio 250 was less than ideal for Chad McCumbee and Team MRD. The team battled through a series of brake, tire and shock issues that has it looking forward to a new page in the championship race this weekend in Dover, Del.

    The team began the weekend with two decent practice sessions that had it about mid-pack for this week’s short-track battle at Mansfield Motorsports Park. Chad and Team MRD focused on race setups during practice that left them optimistic heading into Friday’s qualifying session and Saturday’s race.