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  • When most folks hear the word prophet, they think of major figures in history that have stirred the world, upset the status quo, and lived dangerously as a result. Names like Martin Luther, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammed, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Dorothy Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joan of Arc, Bishop Oscar Romero Sr., Dorothy Stang, John the Baptizer and Jesus, the Christ—Son of God and prophet beyond all prophets—emerge from our memories as heroic men and women who sought to save the world from its own bondage.

  • The February 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Dosher Nursing Center in Southport as “one of the best nursing homes in America.”

    In all, only 173 skilled nursing facilities were named to the honor out of the nation’s thousands of nursing homes. Only four nursing home facilities received the designation in North Carolina.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Ronnie Milsap will bring his trademark country-soul voice to Brunswick County on Monday night, March 22, for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Milsap’s music has earned him 40 No. 1 hits, six Grammy Awards and the industry's highest recognition—the coveted Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award.

  • Ginger is a lynx point Siamese mix who’s about 8 years old, with beautiful blue eyes and front declawed paws. Her owner died recently, and relatives couldn’t keep her. She is playful and a good companion pet. She needs to be adopted into a home where she is the only pet. To see Ginger, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Ginger, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • This has been a tough winter for cold weather wimps like me, and I have the chapped lips and cracked fingers to prove it. Yes, I know the former New Englanders are laughing hysterically and asking, “Would you like some cheese with that whine?”

    Some of our plants have, like me, struggled with the colder-than-normal temperatures.

  • Pruning rose bushes is intimidating to many gardeners but actually good for the plants. Becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, but keep in mind it is hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.

    While there is a great deal of disagreement among rose experts regarding how and when to prune roses, it is generally agreed most mistakes will grow out quickly and it is better to make a good effort at pruning roses than to let them grow rampant.

  • Too many people understand newness as novelty. As a result, they are reticent to accept change in their lives. A “same ole, same ole” existence is good enough for them. It’s comfortable, soothing and affirms the adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is featuring “Barns of the American Landscape,” a group show of oil painters, watercolorists, pastel artists and photographers.

    The exhibit, which runs through March 25, includes oil paintings by Richard Dixon, Richard Kuhn, Steven Sullivan, Brenda Behr and Elaine Bigelow, watercolors by Roger Tatum and Janet Dixon, photography by Mark Hilliard, C.E. Smith and David Keener, and pastels by Rose Kennedy and Kevin Beck.

  • A giraffe next to an engagement ring? No, this is not a clue from a truly strange scavenger hunt, or two items from a strange shopping list. They are, however, two interesting star formations in the evening sky and are relatively easy to see.

    The giraffe is not a well-known group of stars; you may recall the group from the Latin name, Camelopardalis. The second grouping, the engagement ring, includes a famous star, Polaris. These two star arrangements have an interesting past.

  • Old Man Winter has been relentless this year, but I always know spring is close when I see the Amazoy advertisement in the Parade section of the Sunday newspaper.

    While there’s nothing particularly wrong with the Meyer zoysia grass plugs they are selling, there are better zoysias available now. Crowne, Empire, Zenith and newer selections like JaMur and Zeon spread more aggressively and maintain good to excellent color through the summer.

  • The Master Gardener info line is receiving calls concerning lawn fertilization and weed and feed.

    March is not the time to fertilize turfgrass varieties grown here. March is usually the time your local garden centers begin major advertising campaigns to sell lawn fertilizers. For the types of grasses grown in this area, make sure it’s the right time to feed your lawn. In general, the best time to fertilize a lawn here is when it is actively growing. That is usually May at the earliest.

    Fescue should be fed in the fall

  • I am always amazed at the work, time and effort given to the World Day of Prayer by women from each host country. This worldwide ecumenical movement of women from many faith traditions annually presents a unique worship service with a specific theme. The result is a celebration of unity amid diversity, both within the writer group and all who offer the service locally.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Edwin P. Hahn of Sunset Beach will celebrate their 66th wedding anniversary March 4. The couple was married at Maxwell Field in Montgomery, Ala., in 1944. They now have four children, nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christina K. Neeley, M.D., of Leland, and Carl Delray Cayton Jr., of Leland. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jim and Frances Sullivan of Duncan, S.C. The prospective groom is the son of Carl and Annette Cayton of Aurora. A March 25 wedding is planned in Charleston, S.C.

  • Etta M. Little, wife of the late James (Jim) Little, celebrates her 90th birthday on Feb. 13 at New Life Baptist Church Fellowship

    Hall. She has three children: James Maurice Little (deceased), Christine L. Vereen and Thelma Faye Little; three grandchildren: Cheryl V. Luke, James Brian Little and Whitney Maurice Little; and three great-grandchildren: Alexander V. Luke, Jenna Madison Little and James Brian Little II.

  • STAFF REPORT

    “Zula Patrol: Under the Weather,” is the featured Sky Theater program for stargazers of all ages during March through May at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Join the team from the planet Zula as they use the pet Gorga to collect and learn about weather here on Earth and across the solar system.

    Catch this show at 3 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays at the planetarium at 7625 High Market St. in The Village at Sunset Beach.

  • BY LAURA LEWIS

    STAFF WRITER

    SUPPLY—As James Bell ascended winding wooden steps with a boxful of food for a family in need, his wife, the Rev. Patricia Ann Bell, urged everyone to go ahead of her.

    Health problems have slowed her gait, and it takes her a while to climb stairs, she said.

    But when it comes to community outreach, the shepherdess of Lamb of God Ministries still gets around just fine.

    The newly ordained minister’s church doesn’t yet have a building of its own.

  • This pelican was trying to stay warm as it waited for the snow to melt Feb. 13 at the Calabash waterfront. 

  • Gardeners from cooler climates often wax nostalgic for that hedge of sweet-smelling lilacs or the stately rhododendron that anchored Grandma’s garden.

    Attempts to re-create these memories in the hot and humid climate of southeastern North Carolina are generally met with frustration and failure.

    Rather than lamenting over that which cannot be, let’s look at some of the wonderful things about gardening here.

    Winter blooms

  • One of the things that amazed me when I first came to Brunswick County as a permanent resident was the number of controlled fires that are created in our area. So, I decided to find out what these fires are all about.