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  • Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Bowen of Angier announce the engagement and forthcoming marriage of their daughter, Hannah Suzanne Bowen, to Clarence Wesley Hamilton IV of Holden Beach. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Hamilton of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Honeycutt of Angier, Ida Ruth Bowen of Erwin and the late Edsel Bowen. The prospective groom is the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Corn of Burnsville and the late Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Hamilton II.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Cindy Lee Hoskins of Leland and Aaron Talmadge Black of Sunset Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kathy Hoskins of Byron. She is owner of the Fitness Studio in Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Jack and Clara Black of Primghar, Iowa. He is an estimator for J.P. Russ and Son in Ocean Isle Beach. An Oct. 3 wedding is planned at The Thistle Golf Club in Calabash.

  • Corrine Elizabeth Day of Shallotte and Ronnie Lee McCray of Calabash were married June 6 at Mount Nebo Missionary Baptist Church in Longs, S.C.

    The Rev. Robert L. Fooks Sr. officiated the service.

    The bride is the daughter of Ira L. and Virgie C. Day of Laurel, Del.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by Kaile Turner.

    The groom is the son of Ronnie and Mary Lee McCray of Calabash.

    Cheryl Y. Adams served as matron of honor. Flower girls were Charli Witherspoon and Emmalee Marlowe.

  • David and Crystal Gore of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Jaycie Mae Gore, born at 8:45 a.m. May 22 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 8 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Roy, 9.

    Maternal grandparents are Daniel Hewett of Supply, Debra Hollis of Supply and the late Jason Hollis.

    Paternal grandparents are Paul and Donna Gore of Ash.

  • Danielle Landrie and David Hewett of Supply are the parents of a son, Kristopher David Hewett, born at 6:50 p.m. June 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Noah, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are NeNee Landrie and PaPa Landrie of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Theresa Rhodes of Supply and Mitchel Hewett of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Fran and Pete Hobbs of Connecticut and Evalena and Kilmer Hewett of Supply.

  • I am not a tea drinker. I love coffee, the stronger the better. If I am seen drinking tea, it is directly related to my state of health.

    Only illness will drive me to sipping a beverage I consider only one step removed from hot water. For me, hospitality is a shared cup of coffee, perhaps enhanced by a cookie or slice of cake. But, even alone, the “java” suffices.

  • N.C. Fourth of July Festival Parade in Southport was a hit with parade-goers of all ages. The annual event is a favorite among locals and visitors.

  • Summertime in southeastern North Carolina is a time for beach trips, popping the top on a cool one and shuffling your feet to some cool tunes from the likes of the Tams, the Drifters or one of my favorite one-hit-wonders—Cannonball.

  • There are several pest species of mole crickets. We have a native mole cricket in this area, but it is rarely a pest. It’s the introduced, or exotic, species that causes all the trouble. They were accidentally introduced to the southeastern United States in the early 1900s, almost certainly hitchhiking in ship’s ballast.

  • The following information on bagworm treatment, flower thrips, garden fleahoppers and wooly planthoppers is based on information from N.C. State University and updated for southeastern North Carolina.

    A good time for bagworm treatment

    Bagworms are now large enough to notice and small enough they have not eaten much, yet! Bagworms have a wide host range; however, in landscapes they are usually associated with arborvitae, cedars, or junipers. Heavy populations can do considerable defoliation.

  • Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity.

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

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dana M. Stanley of Shallotte and David A. Sisk of Smithfield. The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary D. Stanley of Shallotte. The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield. A July 18 wedding is planned at Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Suzann and Jim Graf of Winnabow are the parents of a son, Samuel Joseph Graf, born at 11:54 a.m. June 19 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 22 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Bill and Linda Graf and Kathy Graf of Wisconsin.

  • Bible study groups abound in Brunswick County. They give witness to an innate human need and desire to know more about the word of God.

    Each major religion has its scriptures, written descriptions of God’s way. No matter how we name God, whether our approach is literal or not, it is apparent human beings are interested in discovering more about divinity, more about the Creator in whose image and likeness we are created.

  • Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.

  • The city of Southport hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival each year, and this year’s festivities will take place July 1-4.

    Beach Day will kick off the celebration in Oak Island on Wednesday, July 1, starting with a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., followed by youth activities, all-day contests, a water rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., the Holiday Band from 6-9 p.m., a shag competition at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Ocean Crest Pier.

  • Just before dusk, the Lil’ David trawler set sail out of Holden Beach Marina bearing volunteers with Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    Their destination: southbound and down the Intracoastal Waterway, also known in boating lingo as “ICW.”

    Their mission: to check all navigational markers between Holden and Sunset beaches and report any that might be missing, damaged or malfunctioning.

  • A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • I’ve loved crape myrtles since I ran over my mother’s tiny William Toovey with the lawn mower back in 1969. Forty years later, that plant is a gorgeous, 15-foot by 15-foot specimen. It’s a shame she’s not around to enjoy it.

    But every group of plants that includes so many diamonds always has some lumps of coal–—poorly adapted for many reasons. Here are some selections of crape myrtle you should avoid.

  • Insects and diseases are the scourges of summer for gardeners across North Carolina. We are beginning to see lots of insects and diseases in the landscape building up at this time.

    Insects