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  • Charlotte Ashley Roberts of Holden Beach and Benjamin Albert Baroody of Murrells Inlet, S.C., were married Oct. 3 at Holden Beach Chapel in Holden Beach. The 6:30 p.m. ceremony was performed by the Rev. Dr. Albert J. Baroody, cousin of the groom.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Virgil Roberts of Holden Beach and the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Roosevelt Roberts and the late Mr. and Mrs. Lonnie Hayes Ransom. She attended the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and is now an English major at Coastal Carolina University.

  • If I took a survey of Brunswick County residents and asked, “Is God’s grace a resented banquet?” I would guess the response would either be a shocked stare, a quizzical look, an angry glare or an astonished negative.

    How could we possibly resent God’s grace? How could we turn our backs on a generous God who presents us with a banquet feast of life that is overflowing with goodness?

  • Theatergoers of all ages are invited to immerse themselves in the classic story of “some pig” promoted by a web-writing spider for the next two weekends in Brunswick County.

    Wilbur, Charlotte, Fern and all the lovable characters in E.B. White’s “Charlotte’s Web” will come to life as Stagestruck Players perform a stage version of the award-winning children’s book debuting this weekend.

  • Kristina Nichole Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach and Jesse James Clemmons of Supply were married Sept. 19 at Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

    The Rev. Troy Knight of Generations Church officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Wayne and Nanet Taylor of Ocean Isle Beach. The groom is the son of Dale Sr. and Rose Clemmons of Supply.

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

  • Crape myrtles that have previously been topped can, to an extent, be “untopped.” Select two or three of the stronger shoots per topping knuckle (the knob that develops where the topping cut was made) and prune the others off. Then prune (head back) the selected shoots above outward facing buds to begin to develop a new branch pattern.

    The plant will never again have its true or natural crapemyrtle form, but it can be improved.

    The right way to prune

  • Poor Richard told us long ago an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That old adage certainly fits when it comes to controlling the weeds in your centipede and St. Augustine lawns.

    An application of atrazine—commonly sold as Purge—this fall will control lots of weeds that are already there and keep many others from showing up later in the season.

  • Heather Lynn Hardee of Shallotte and Sanford Daniel Bath Jr. of Bolivia were married Sept. 12 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church in Supply.

    Judge Marion Warren officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Gene and Merle Hardee of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Sanford and Sandra Bath of Bolivia.

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

  • Laney Carmel Hawes of Shallotte and Robert Craig Pierce of Shallotte were married Oct. 24 at First Baptist Church of Wilmington. The Rev. Donnie King Jr., the bride’s brother, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Carmel Hawes of Wilmington. She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Lee Pierce III of Wilmington and Susanne Denton Pierce of Salisbury.

    Mary Staten of Raleigh and Brittany Wolf of New York City served as maids of honor.

  • Jokingly, I have sometimes commented any divorce possibilities for Dear Hubby and me will commence on a road trip.

    Similar in a multitude of ways, we part company seriously when it comes to driving and the abundant choices that come with the highways to be traveled, especially in unknown territories. Thankfully, our initial prayer upon entering the vehicle and putting on our seat belts begs for divine assistance, angelic presence and generalized removal from all possibility of injury—ours and others. We are happily ensconced in God’s presence. A GPS is unnecessary!

  • The cooler days of fall make for great working weather with the lower temperatures and humidity. For many who hail from colder climes, pruning trees and shrubs is on the list of chores, but our erratic fall and winter temperatures make heavy fall pruning a bad idea.

  • Many gardeners like to have a list of things to do for the start of each month. Hopefully, they will be able to check off the list before the month is up and this will provide them with a sense of accomplishment.

    Others need to have a list just to remind them of gardening things to do before the weather sets in and it is too late. Whatever the reasons, you need to tack a list to the refrigerator as a reminder. I offer these suggestions for things to do this month:

    Gardening tips for October

  • From motor oil to bird droppings to pesticides, pollutants have to go somewhere when it rains. Usually it’s a quick trip to a nearby stream, river or lake. But it doesn’t have to be.

    As the population increases, and there’s more growth, there are more rooftops and driveways. The water has to go somewhere. In most cases, it goes directly into a stream really fast with whatever is in it.

  • Sherri Leigh Balkcum of Sunset Beach and Michael Dean Woolard of Sunset Beach were married Aug. 28 at the Brunswick County Courthouse, with magistrate Doug Todd officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Sandra Boseman of Rocky Mount and the late William Boseman and Earle and Jewel Balkcum of Ocean Isle Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Anna Oglesby of Rocky Mount and the late James Woolard.

    Christy Scott of Ash served as matron of honor, and Carl Scott of Ash served as best man.

  • Stacey Hewett of Shallotte and Jordan Scott McCumbee of Ash were married Sept. 5 at Premier Resorts, Barefoot Landing, in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Minister Jeffrey Britton officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ed and Debbie Lemon of Shallotte and Jimmy and Pam Hewett of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Dewayne and Marian McCumbee of Ash.

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

  • Tabitha and Brian Townsend of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Riley-Grace Caroline Townsend, born at 9:48 a.m. Sept. 30 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 21 inches long. She joins sisters Brooke Leigh, 6, and Hailee, 4.

    Maternal grandfather is Rex Inman of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Brenda Yovanoich of Polkton and the late Bobby Stewart Townsend.

  • Weeks have now elapsed since my unfortunate fall. And all is not yet well.

    My first response to the dilemma was quite positive, I believe. Adjustment to being joined at the hip to an obliging mate came with a fair degree of ease. I convinced myself the persistent presence would be both beneficial and reassuring. I could do this. It might take some effort, but it was not beyond my reach... or stretch.

  •  Brunswick County residents came out to celebrate diversity Sunday, Oct. 4, at the fifth annual Brunswick County Intercultural Festival. The festival was at Brunswick Community College and featured song, dance, food and crafts that celebrated the world's cultures.

  • Check the fall 2009 edition of Signature Kitchens and Baths, and the magazine’s design awards first-place winner in the traditional category might look familiar.

    The winner was Windsor’s Cabinetry in Greensboro, which also has an office in Shallotte that has installed cabinets in numerous homes in Brunswick County communities such as Seascape, Seawatch, St. James, River’s Edge and Holden and Ocean Isle beaches.

    In fact, the Shallotte team’s work has been featured in three local award-winning homes in previous Brunswick County Parades of Homes.

  • CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace is hosting the 64th annual Watercolor Society of North Carolina (WSNC) Juried Exhibition from Oct. 11 to Nov. 30.

    An opening reception will be held from 2-4 p.m. this coming Sunday, Oct. 11, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive SW in Calabash.

    The juror for this year’s competition and guest artist is Steve Rogers of Ormond Beach, Fla.

    In addition to judging entries, Rogers is conducting a four-day watercolor workshop Oct. 12-15 at Sunset River Studio, the gallery’s workshop on Calabash Road.

  • On Oct. 9, the moon will get a new crater. The crater will not come from the normal source, such as a meteor hitting the surface. This time the crater will be an artificial depression.

    The crater will be just a bit of cosmic surgery on the face of the old man in the moon, just below his chin.

    The real reason for the new crater is to answer the age-old question: “Just how much water is on the moon?” The estimated quantity of water is believed to be 32 ounces per ton of top layer soil; equating to the driest Earth desert.