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  • Local “swamp rock” band Blackwater Outlaws, based in Ash, are scheduled to play at the Friends of America Rally on Labor Day, Sept. 7, in Holden, W.Va., alongside such venerable “outlaw” musicians as Hank Williams Jr. and John Rich of the country duo Big and Rich.

    “We’re very excited,” said band member Travis Norris. “I’m kind of at a loss for words over how excited we are.”

  • You say Mars will be as big as the full moon—what a sight on Aug. 27. Everyone run outside, gaze upward and then yell, “April fools.”

    Just like Christmas cards in December, in July false e-mails about Mars arrive in our inbox to tell us all about this once in-a-lifetime event.

    It has happened every year since August 2003. When Mars was close to us, it was still only a bright spot in the sky, not the size of the full moon. The quote from NASA was: “If you use a good backyard telescope, Mars would appear to be the same as the full moon.”

  • One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-three selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the forms and flower colors.

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants:

  • The primary tip for this month is to avoid the heat. There will be better temperatures for gardening someday. The same 95-degree temperature you tolerate one day can give you heat exhaustion on another day; or more likely, the same temperature you tolerated as a kid can lay you out as an older adult.

    A headache and an upset stomach could be warning signs of heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion can be reversed if you cool off and rest.

  • Nitrogen fertility has a significant impact on Large Patch development. High nitrogen levels promote the growth of soft, succulent leaves that are susceptible to attack by the large patch fungus.

    To help prevent disease outbreaks, apply a low rate of a nitrogen fertilizer at four to eight week intervals or use a slow-release nitrogen source to maintain an even growth rate. To reduce disease outbreaks during the winter and early spring, avoid fall applications of nitrogen fertilizer. Finally, maintain phosphorus and potash fertility levels according to soil test recommendations.

  • Casey Elizabeth Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach and Bryan Scott Rowley of Southport were married July 12 on the Southport Waterfront.

    The bride is the daughter of Peggy and David Reeves of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her son, Joseph Taylor Stanley.

    The bride’s niece, Brianna Leonard, served as flower girl.

    The groom is the son of Connie and Mike Rowley of Supply.

    His son, Bryce Edward Rowley, served as best man.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Hailee Nicole Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and Jeffrey Lynn Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The bride-elect is the daughter of Lee and Lisa Vanover of Greeneville, Tenn., and the granddaughter of Mickey and Vivan Smith of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Eva and Alan Campbell of Midway, Tenn. The couple was engaged on Holden Beach in June and will also spend their honeymoon at Holden Beach.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Michelle Kernette Abel of Ash and Steven Clayton Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Bill and Ann Hines of Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 17 wedding is planned at Shepherds Assembly Church in Shallotte.

  • It was an action movie replete with the usual, and I suspect requisite, murder, mayhem and deleterious mischief. Released in 2005, I had not seen it until my visiting grandchildren borrowed the video from a friend. After their departure, I decided to give myself a “movie afternoon”—no popcorn—just me and the DVD on my computer.

  • School may be starting next week, but it’s still summer fun-time in Brunswick County.

    Free summer concerts and movies staged by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation continue through September in Ocean Isle Beach, downtown Shallotte and Holden Beach.

    Bring a blanket or chair and enjoy the relaxing evenings and lineup of entertainment still remaining in the season.

    Thanks to the generosity of local community sponsors, a variety of music and movies are offered at no cost to the audience, although cash donations for local food pantries are being accepted.

  • SUNSET HARBOR—From a cozy fireplace to an outdoor kitchen to an upstairs “sleeping porch” complete with hanging bed, the Coastal Living Idea House in the Seawatch community has ideas for every taste.

    That’s the purpose of the magazine’s annual Idea House, which opens for tours to provide customers with ideas for their own homes. Each year, the idea house uses materials from national sponsors as well as local and regional providers to create a one-of-a-kind dream home for touring and to feature in the magazine.

  • Six minutes. Look at the clock. What can you accomplish—start to finish—in six minutes?

    Six minutes is the amount of time David Smith had between death and life and in those six minutes, a team of local basketball players pulled him back to life.

    Bill Davis of Boiling Spring Lakes arranged for a group of Brunswick County men to gather at Supply Elementary School every Monday and Wednesday to play basketball.

    On July 8, Jim Dieudonne, Mike Sullivan, “Chopper” and Gerry Bradley joined Smith and others on the court.

  • It’s easy to get excited about the superstars of the garden—roses, crape myrtles, azaleas and gardenias. When their time to shine arrives, it’s greeted with ooh’s and aah’s from all fortunate enough to bask in their glory. But what about the Rodney Dangerfield’s of the plant world that just “don’t get no respect?"

  • Some issues of mulching seem to always crop up each year. Some people are afraid they may attract undesirables—namely termites. Before we proceed on the “path of green living,” let’s revisit what Mike Waldvogel, extension specialist from N.C. State, has to say about the use of mulch and the presence of termites:

    The bottom line

  • It is that time of year when the Master Gardener information phone starts to ring off the hook. Homeowners who have centipedegrass in their yards realize there is something wrong with the grass. It is dying in places, usually in a circular pattern.

    Centipede, as well as the other three warm season grasses, are susceptible to a disease referred to as large patch. It is a difficult disease to control and can usually only be controlled from late August-October.

  • Mary Stephanie Brown and Albert Hemingway Parker III were married April 4 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    The Rev. Richard Vaughan of Shallotte officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Steve Brown of Supply and the granddaughter of Mary Simmons and Frances Brown of Supply and the late Rudy Simmons and Stanton Brown.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Al Parker of Supply and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Albert Parker of Supply, Mae Milligan of Ash and the late Bob Milligan.

  • Crystal Nicole Buffkin of Ocean Isle Beach and Graham James Davis of Shallotte were married June 20 at First Baptist Church of Shallotte, with Dr. Robert Weathers officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky and Frances Buffkin of Longwood. The groom is the son of Bobby and Connie Davis of Shallotte.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    She wore a satin, A-line gown with a beaded, embroidered metallic boddice and inverted-V empire, cathedral-length train.

  • Jancy LaDane Hewett of Supply and Colvin Eugene Killian of Hickory were married June 13 at Dutchman Creek Park in Southport, with the Rev. Mark Owens officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Dean and Nancy Hewett of Supply and the granddaughter of Tracy and Dorothy Brown of Supply and the late Huey P. Hewett, W.B. Mintz and the late Virginia Mintz of Ash and Norris and Doris Hewett of Shallotte.

  • Whenever I write scriptural reflections, I begin by praying to God I might receive the word God wishes to impart—to me and to all who read my work. That is not usually the case with my newspaper columns. Typically, an idea or word or phrase or sentence pops into my mind and away I go. With God’s good grace, I rarely come up empty, but it does happen. It happened the week I began this column.

  • PHOTO CONTRIBUTED

    Calabash VFW Men's Auxiliary president Tony Nye is pictured serving happy fish-fry diners during this past Lenten season when record crowds attended the event. He gets his chance again when VFW Post 7288's famous Friday fish fry returns by popular demand for one night only from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 21. For only $9 per person diners will enjoy a huge serving of haddock, french fries and coleslaw. Homemade soup is available for $1 extra. Calabash VFW is located at 900 Carter Drive, and the event is open to the public. Questions may be called in to 579-3577.