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  • October is a great month for stargazing. The summer heat has died down, there are fewer bugs, and there is a big baseball diamond in the sky. Because we are finishing baseball season with the World Series, it seems as if the stars want to get in on the action.

    The authentic name for the baseball diamond in the sky is the “Great Square” although you could consider the full name and call it the “Great Square of Pegasus.” Strangely, only three of the four stars belong to the winged horse, Pegasus. One of the four stars belongs to Andromeda.

  • I’ve been telling you for years the cooler days and nights of autumn are a great time to plant trees and shrubs in our mild climate. Plants aren’t stressed as much and have a chance to develop a better root system before the heat and humidity of another southern summer arrives.

    Well, all that’s true for most plants, but there are some selections of my favorite group of summer-flowering plants—crape myrtle—that are better planted in late winter and early spring.

  • Brunswick County 4-H celebrated 100 years of 4-H in North Carolina on Oct. 5 with an evening packed full of activities, including a favorite foods fair, a 4-H themed cake decorating contest, entertainment, a movie and a time capsule dedication.

    The evening began as Brunswick County 4-H Council President Justin Simmons opened festivities with the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the 4-H pledge led by Brunswick County 4-H Council Secretary/Treasurer Perry Grosch.

  • One of North Carolina’s most popular, yet mistreated, landscape plants is the beautiful crape myrtle. Selected and prized for their long summer bloom period (often called the “plant of the 100-day bloom), cultivars have a range of flower colors, with an interesting seed head following the flower.

    Crape myrtles also have lustrous green leaves that change to bright fall colors, subtle to stunning multicolored bark, and unique winter architecture that makes this plant exceed most landscape choices for four-season interest and appeal.

  • 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.