• 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.


    “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.



    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.

  • I am not an electrical engineer nor do I understand what electricity is all about. My knowledge is limited to the ability to “plug it in” and believe all will work well. But, I do know everything stops moving, all appliances immediately arrest activity, fans and lights go off, when a transformer is struck by lightning.

  • CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation teamed up for the second annual ball to benefit CIS programs Saturday afternoon.

    More than 130 girls from kindergarten to fifth-grade attended, escorted by their fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models. The event was at the Brunswick Center in Southport, the newest senior center for Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • The nationally renowned Wilmington Celebration Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. this coming Sunday, Feb. 28, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Admission is free, with a love offering received.

    The Christian-based choir consists of more than 70 voices from 19 different churches in southeastern North Carolina.

    Led by Pillar recording artist and soloist Joey Gore, the choir also features soloists Willing Heart, Paula Greene, Sherry Watkins, Angie Payne, Laurie and Mike Kelley, Marsha King and Kevin and Julie Foss.

  • Kellie Jayne Granton and Jon Paul Shellem, both of Wrightsville Beach, were married Oct 4 at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, with the Rev. Penelope Morningstar officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Ken and Sue Granton of Calabash and the granddaughter of Dorothy McGrath of Greensboro. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Jim and Kim Shellem of St. Michaels, Md.

  • Here is a riddle of astronomical proportions to solve. What is larger than the moon by many times, is found in the northern sky, never sets, the light emitted by this object is of the brightest type, it is the youngest of its kind and looking up you will not even see it?

    I will give you the answer later after we covered some other great heavenly features in this month’s sky. First, let us review the planets in the sky; we lose some, we gain some.

  • As we get to a “certain age,” all of those things that we once thought mildly amusing begin to make sense.

    Those reading glasses propped on the end of your nose? Nobody can really see that tiny print, can they? A little Botox on those forehead furrows might be just the trick. And, I don’t know anyone who actually loves (or even likes) love handles. Maybe some liposuction is in order.

    Plant people aren’t immune to the ravages of time that are reflected in the mirror. We just apply many of those same criticisms to our gardens.

  • The blooming season for camellias is upon us, which is a time we need to look closely at these colorful plants. When camellias are blooming, they are most susceptible to the disease called Sclerotinia flower blight. This blight affects only the open blossom and does not threaten the health of the plant.

  • The children of Peter and Dorothy Callahan of Sunset Beach announce their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 18. The couple was married in New York City, N.Y., in 1950 and resided and raised five children (Joanne, Kevin, Peter, Doreen and Brian) on Long Island, N.Y. They are the grandparents of four granddaughters. They retired full time to Sunset Beach in 1984. They are active at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte and volunteer in several ministries including ushering, lectoring, food pantry, lunch bunch and visiting at Autumn Care Nursing Home.

  • Laura Elizabeth Thompson and Edward Houston Carter Jr. were united in marriage Nov. 7 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte.

    Officiating as the couple exchanged their vows in a double-ring worship service were the Rev. John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Dwight Williams of First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham.

    Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.