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Today's News

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    “Here’s flowers for you;

     

      Hot lavender, mints, savoury, marjoram…”

                            A Winter’s Tale, act 4, scene 4

     

    Shakespeare was obviously fond of flowers. One of his favorite plant families was the mint family. I think it’s my favorite family, too.

  • Hester-Hughes engagement

     Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Angela Lynn Hester and Michael Dewayne Hughes, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Thomas Judson of Bladenboro and the late Dianne Judson. The prospective groom is the son of Doris Hughes of Shallotte and the late Albert Hughes. A June 17 wedding is planned at Bladenboro Historical Building.

  • Jensens celebrate 50th wedding anniversary

     Gregory and Ann Jensen of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a trip to Charleston, S.C. They were married April 22, 1967, at St. Mark’s Catholic Church in Sea Girt, N.J. Soon after, they moved to Mannheim, Germany, where Greg was stationed with the U.S. Air Force.

     

    They have two married sons: Greg resides with his wife Joanne in Charlotte and David lives in Raleigh with his wife Julie and daughter Cecelia.

  • District Court for April 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28.

     

     

    The following cases were adjudicated over five days of District Criminal Court on April 24, 25, 26, 27 and 28 in Bolivia.

    Codes: PG, pleaded guilty; PNG/NG, pleaded not guilty, found not guilty; PNG/G, pleaded not guilty, found guilty; BCDF, Brunswick County Detention Facility; NCDOC, North Carolina Department of Correction.

     

    Monday, April 24

  • The healthiest states for pets?

     I’ve lived my life believing “It’s not where you are, it’s who you are.” While I still abide by that simple credo, the folks at Care.com have gone and ranked “The States with the Healthiest Pets.” I’ll be far from the first to express skepticism, but their study does raise some interesting questions and offers advice for improving your pet’s health, wherever you live.

  • Do you suffer from FOMO?

     By Linda Arnold

     

    Fear Of Missing Out: FOMO. 

    It’s a condition that affects a lot of us. With so much going on around us and information overload on our electronic devices, there’s a tendency to want to be “in the know” and to keep up with everything.

  • Ground pearls plague turfgrasses

     Ground pearls are native scale insects that attach themselves to the roots of turfgrasses and suck the life of them. Centipede is especially susceptible, but all grasses except bahia are negatively affected. The “pearl” moniker comes from the cyst stage that looks much like a granule of polymer-coated fertilizer such as Osmocote. This time of year you may see the pinkish-red females crawling around on the surface waiting for a hookup with the tiny, fly-like males. Once they mate the females burrow back into the soil and lay eggs to start another generation.

  • Local strawberries

     Local fresh strawberries are a real treat this time of year. The growers have had quite a season this year with the Mother Nature. With the really warm weather in late February, some of us were lucky to get early berries. Then the cold weather in March slowed things down. While the April rain was appreciated, it too slowed the ripening and picking. According to one local grower I spoke with, if the weather continues to be favorable, we will have berries through May. 

  • Looking beyond the shadow of doubt

     So often we have allowed doubt to cast a shadow on our faith. We let it tinge credence with incredulity, casting the gloom of uncertainty upon the grace of certitude. This causes distress and dismay to dog our steps and burden our spirits. We are shaken, but not to the core. To try to dismiss doubt summarily — banishing it to the darkest corner we can find — does no good. Somehow it surfaces when we least expect it and we are, once again, ill at ease.

  • Looking beyond the shadow of doubt

     So often we have allowed doubt to cast a shadow on our faith. We let it tinge credence with incredulity, casting the gloom of uncertainty upon the grace of certitude. This causes distress and dismay to dog our steps and burden our spirits. We are shaken, but not to the core. To try to dismiss doubt summarily — banishing it to the darkest corner we can find — does no good. Somehow it surfaces when we least expect it and we are, once again, ill at ease.