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Today's News

  • An Antarctic adventure

    I left Ocean Ridge for an adventure of a lifetime in Antarctica’s White Wilderness at 8:45 a.m. Feb. 27. My wife Carol opted not to join me (as did many other saner Ocean Ridge residents) as she had a healthy fear of the ship ride from Argentina through the Drake Passage (the roughest body of water in the world as the waters of the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans and the turbulent waters of the Antarctic converge).

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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 through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Ongoing through June 15

  • Do we really want a new Earth?

    I am neither a rabid fan nor a resolute enemy of Oprah Winfrey.

    The reality is I watch her program when I am preparing dinner or walking on my treadmill. Oprah becomes background music for my activities. That may seem a diminishment of her worth, but actually I appreciate what she does for humanity.

    Granted the iconic stature she has achieved over the years, Oprah still seems to want to do good and empower others in the same direction.

  • Church briefs

    Summer worship services set

    Blessings on the Beach, non-denominational worship services, are set for 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. They are sponsored by Barefoot Beach Chapel at the cabana on East Beach Drive at SE 46 Street on Oak Island.

    Please bring your own lawn chairs or beach blankets.

  • Gardening tips for weeds in the landscape

    Wherever I look in landscapes and turf, I see winter annual weeds going to seed. Now is a great time to assess the effectiveness (or lack thereof) of fall weed management programs. If henbit, speedwells, annual bluegrass and other winter annuals are plentiful in your beds, consider using a pre-emergence herbicide next August to prevent these pesky weeds from being as much of a nuisance next year.

  • Lichens don't harm plants, but get blamed a lot

    Many questions have been asked about lichens. The following is a great article by Dan Mullins, Extension agent in Santa Rosa County, Fla.

    Things aren’t always what they seem in the landscape and such is the case when lichens infest shrubs. These gray-green scaly, crusty or hairy structures found on the branches of landscape plants are often unfairly blamed for causing sickly, dying shrubs.

  • Physical activity has many benefits for adults

    A physically active lifestyle enhances the quality of life and benefits health at any age. Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. In fact, participation in moderate amounts of physical activity helps lower the risk of some diseases and provides other health benefits. Below you will find health benefits of being physically active:

    Increases in physical activity

    •Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints

    •Helps weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevents weight gain

  • Myrtles and magnolias--Oh my!

    Southern magnolias have already begun their summer show and the early-blooming crape myrtles like Natchez won’t be far behind. Included are a few of the things I learned after observing these plants since last year.

    Little Gem continues to be the most popular southern magnolia in the trade. There are some perfectly good reasons for that. It fits better into most gardens since it only reaches about 30 feet or so. Little Gem also blooms heavily at an early age. That’s something many of the southern magnolias don’t do.

  • Bluegrass concert to kick off Shallotte Memorial Day weekend

    The Mostly Bluegrass Society will sponsor a daylong concert and jam session in observance of Memorial Day from 10 a.m. until 7 p.m., Saturday, May 24, behind Carolina Flooring Center on Main Street in Shallotte.

    The event will feature performances from The Wells Family, Hagar’s Mountain Boys, and Ted Jones and the Tarheel Boys, all North Carolina bluegrass bands.

    Everyone is welcome to bring their instruments and play in the jamming area, organizers said.

  • Brantleys celebrate 50 years

    Frankie and Elayne Brantley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 31. The couple, formerly of Charlotte, now make their home in Sunset Beach. Their children are Sharyn and Randall Morrison of Sunset Beach, Lee Brantley of Davidson, Bart Brantley of Buffalo, N.Y. and Jennifer and James McCall of Davidson. They have five grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Caleb and Bethany Morrison of Sunset Beach and Kody Clontz of Davidson.