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Today's News

  • Roadside nursery a growing attraction in Calabash

    CALABASH—Lois Wilkinson brakes for plants, especially those she saw for sale at Carolyn’s Flowers on Persimmon Road last week.

    “I just heard about this place,” Wilkinson said, browsing the latest spring array of potted flowers and plants Calabash native Carolyn Schreiber has cultivated to sell for another season at the roadside stand in front of her house.

    “I need flowers that need a lot of sun,” Wilkinson said as Schreiber, a natural-born gardener, assisted her.

  • Bopple Race bobs back

    HOLDEN BEACH—It’s that time of year again for spring festivities, a bopple race, and an age-old question by newcomers, “What the heck is a bopple?”

    It’s the high-point event of Days at the Docks, Holden Beach’s annual salute-to-spring festival scheduled for this Saturday and Sunday under and around the Brunswick Island town’s high-rise bridge.

  • 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.

    Ongoing through May 9

  • Ticks are here; ticks are there--they're everywhere

    Seems like the ticks are trying to take over the world (at least the Brunswick County portion). If you stay outside much, these pests seem to be everywhere.

    The Extension agents are reporting what seems to be an inordinate amount of these obnoxious little creatures awaiting a meal, and that meal may be you! The Master Gardener Hotline has received calls concerning ticks. Homeowners with natural landscapes will normally have more of a problem than others.

  • 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.