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  • Holly Maggard and Jeremy Robbins of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a daughter, Kaylee Jade Robbins, born at 9:05 p.m. July 31 at UNC Hopsital at Chapel Hill.

    She weighed 4 pounds, 2 ounces and measured 17 1/4 inches long.

    She joins brothers, Jordan, 16, Dylan, 8 and Nathan, 7, and sisters, Ashley, 13, Emily 10, and Emilee, 5.

    Maternal grandmother is Melanie Maggard of Winnabow.

    Paternal grandparents are Sheila and Johnny Grainger of Supply and Barbara and Keith Robbins of Winnabow.

  • Brandon and Camelia Frink of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Ma’Kenzy Zacaria Chae Frink, born at 8:24 p.m. Aug. 21, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 1 ounce, and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandmother is Angela Williams of Shallotte.Paternal grandmother is Carrie Frink of Thomasboro.

    Great-grandmother is Nedrea Williams of Longwood.

  • There is likely no more potent a statement than one that begins with the words: “I believe.”

    Creeds are essential to our lives. They help us to formulate our thoughts, to focus on important matters and to empower our ability to change and be changed and to be transformed by truth.

    Creeds mark the starting point of our faithful responses, as well as the onset of possibilities. While they are not static or stagnant, they are also not so fluid as to be meaningless.

  • With family members looking on, Trenton Burney, a WBHS graduate and former athlete of the year, accepted a handshake from Vice President Joe Biden and a B.S. degree in administration from the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Co. on May 27.

    Burney is the son of Carol Ann Burney of Supply, paternal grandson of Ollie Beatrice Burney and the late Gaston Burney of Supply and maternal grandson of Macie and James Draughon of Supply.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—A historic church in this once-sleepy village is celebrating a 21st–century addition that literally was built on prayer.

    Next Sunday, Sept. 20, Little River United Methodist Church will consecrate its new 15,000-square-foot Life Center built in less than a year.

    Joan Moales, Christian education director and co-chair of the new addition’s week-long celebration that continues through Sept. 27, pointed out prayer has been their foundation.

  • You hear the mantra every year that “fall is for planting.” The cooler days and nights of autumn place less stress on the plants and allow them time to get roots established before the ravages of next summer’s heat.

    In fact, our soil temperatures rarely drop low enough to suspend root growth, so your new plants will be adding roots throughout the winter. If you’re like me and get bored easily, you’re always looking for new plants to add during this great planting time. I’ve included several for you to consider.

  • Some areas are having an excellent year for caterpillars, butterflies and moths. If you lose foliage from a deciduous tree this time of the year, it will not hurt the tree. The leaves have already produced plenty of food for the tree and they would fall anyway in another month.

    The main reason to kill these fall caterpillars would be to keep the droppings off the sidewalk or out of the pool. Any pesticide labeled for caterpillars would work. Be sure to use one labeled for fruits or nuts if you plan to spray something edible.

  • Many of my friends were talking about “Julie and Julia.” I got the clear message that I had to see that movie. Awakening on a Friday morning with an awful headache, I told myself that the perfect cure would be time spent in a darkened theater where I’d suspend any disbelief that was engendered by reviews that judged the film to be mediocre at best. Instead, I would focus on the story unfolding before me.

    If my headache disappeared, I’d give the movie an excellent rating. If not, I would still deem it time pleasantly spent.

  • Just in case a tropical storm or hurricane approaches our area, it would be nice to be prepared. This is a keeper to put on your refrigerator door for tips on how to deal with things…

    After the storm

  • A spate of recent feline returns, along with a promotion borrowed from the Michigan Humane Society, have spurred Cat Tails cat rescue to offer its own promotional adoption campaign for ‘certified pre-owned’ cats. A poster is being used during Cat Tails’ adopt-a-thons at PetSmart in Wilmington. Pictured is Billy Bob, an affectionate, playful orange 5-year-old adopted from Cat Tails in 2004. Billy Bob was recently returned to Cat Tails because a child in his household had an allergy. His front paws have been declawed.

  • If it’s September, it’s time to party hearty in the manner of Germany.

    Stage II Productions is celebrating the season with its annual Oktoberfest celebration this Saturday, Sept. 19, from 5:30-9 p.m. at the Stage II Studio, 807 N. Howe St. in Southport behind Smithville Commons.

    Described as a celebration of beer, bratwurst and ballyhoo, highlights include traditional German food, drink and dancing to authentic music by the Harbour Towne Fest Band, described as the premier Oktoberfest band for Wilmington and the Cape Fear region.

  • The Brunswick County Parks & Recreation 2009 Amateur Photography Contest received 61 photo entries. They will be on display Sept. 6-26 at Franklin Square Art Gallery in Southport.

    The gallery is open from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday. Winning photographs will have ribbons affixed for identification of winners.

    Brunswick County Amateur Photography Contest 2009 winners:

    Best in Show

    “Male Ruby Throated Hummingbird” by Jerry Koons of Shallotte.

    Colors Rivers/Coasts

  • The transition between seasons always frustrates my gardening efforts. Those zinnias that produced such wonderful cut flowers earlier are covered in powdery mildew and leaf spot. The lantana has swallowed the coneflower and the Walter’s viburnum. The Goldsturm rudbeckia is reduced to brown seed heads with a stray golden flower. Most of the petunias melted in the August heat.

    So what can we do to get through this summer-into-fall transition time?

  • Trends in gardening are always evolving. The national economy sometimes dictates our activities and that is the case with our landscapes. People often turn to the outdoors for a way to enjoy life more and to help out with their own finances at home.

  • We are approaching one of the most beautiful times of the year, the seasonal changes that occur between the coastal plain, piedmont and the mountains provide us with an extended viewing of the colors of leaves as winter approaches.

    A trip through North Carolina in the next few weeks will dazzle your eyes. After viewing the magnificence of the mountains in full color, you can almost wear your eyes out.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Katherine Suzanne Stewart and Kevin Ray Brown, both of Wilmington. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gordon and Lisa Winfree of Shallotte and the granddaughter of Bobby and Leatrice Smith of Shalotte, Virginia Winfree of Shallotte and the late Gene Winfree. The prospective groom is the son of Katherine Brown of Wilmington and John E. Brown of Charleston, S.C., and the grandson of Mildred Brown, the late Cecil Brown, Eleanor Vassey of South Gouldsboro, Maine, and the late Edward Vassey.

  • Taylor Elyse Galloway of Supply and Scott Andrew Johnson of Fuquay-Varina were married June 27 at Holden Beach Chapel. The Rev. Richard Vaughan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Galloway of Supply. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Johnson of Salisbury.

  • Patricia and Chris Ellis of Wilson are the parents of a daughter, Kaley Michelle Ellis, born at 11:15 a.m. July 2, at Pitt County Memorial Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 19 inches long. She joins a sister, Taylor Brooke Ells, 2.

    Maternal grandmother is Cyndi Croom of Longwood.

    Paternal grandparents are Wayne and Rhonda Ellis of Selma.

    Great-grandparents are Frank and Mary Lewis of Shallotte, Ruth Agee of Shallotte, Kathy Williams of Bladenboro and the late R.T. Williams and Bill and Bobbie Ellis of Dunn.

  • Summer is over. The calendar may remind us this doesn’t occur until Sept. 22, but we all know summer is over.

    Weeks ago, children returned to school day schedules. Tourist prices on cottages have been reduced to off-season rates. Days are shorter and nights are longer. Visiting friends and relatives, and the carefree hours enjoyed in their presence, have been replaced with a more routinized daily life. Change is in the air, the very air we breathe.

  • Sunset River Marketplace will feature “Focus On the Coast, a Collection by Brooks Pearce Honoring the National Audubon Society” from Monday, Aug. 24, through Saturday Oct. 3.

    A reception to meet the artist will be from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at the gallery.

    Living in southeastern N.C. since 1973, works by Pearce have been recognized by the S.C. Wildlife Federation, and she was commissioned by the N.C. Wildlife Resource Commission to produce a series of Endangered Species posters.