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  • 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

  • Now that we understand the biology and life cycle of the Japanese beetle, let’s get serious and talk about control.

    Commercial preparations of the Bacilluspopilliae (milky spore disease) offer some control as a long-lasting soil treatment. These spores infect and kill Japanese beetle grubs. The spores are then released into the soil and infect other grubs as they come in contact with the bacterial spores.

  • Amanda Mari Carter and Steven Parrish Jr. were married May 2 at Orton Plantation Gardens with the Rev. Tim Carter officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Bill and Rhoda Carter of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Steve and Sabrina Parrish of Supply.

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

    She wore a white satin Jasmine couture gown with a fitted bodice and sweetheart neckline, embellished with beading of pearls and rhinestones on the bodice and cathedral-length train.

  • Calabash cat

    Harriet Thompson, an employee at Waterfront Ice Cream and Coffee House in Calabash, visits with a friendly cat that visits the waterfront every day. Thompson buys special treats for the neutered feline.

     

  • Filomano ‘Phil’ Andreano and wife Deanna Mae Smith Andreano celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary June 6 with a party at the Crow Creek Clubhouse. The event was a surprise organized by their daughter, Kerri Mae Mitchell of Washington, D.C. More than 50 family members and friends came from Florida, Ohio, New York, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina and South Carolina to take part in the festivities. Deanna is a native of Bloomville, Ohio, and Phil was born in Rochester, N.Y.

  • Sonya Yvonne Linker and Christian Bradley Tompkins were married May 31, with the Rev. Bobby Causey officiating. The bride is the daughter of J.C. and Cindy Linker of Ash and Barbara Linker of Ash. The groom is the son of Rick and Diane Tompkins of Ash. The bride’s daughters, Jesse and Sami McLamb, served as maids of honor. Nicholas Tompkins, brother of the groom, served as best man.

  • Bobby and Crystal Dameron of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Ayden Elizabeth Dameron, born at 1:43 p.m. May 18 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds and measured 20.25 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Teresa Tindal of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Maria Dameron of Bolivia and the late Jimmy Dameron.

    Great-grandparents are Mary Lewis of Shallotte and Lula Hawes of Shallotte.

     

  • Carey and April West of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Alexa Diane West, born at 8:41 p.m. June 3 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 13 ounces and measured 19 1/2 inches long.

    She joins a brother Michael, 12, and a sister, Adryonna, 4.

    Maternal grandparents are Charles and Sherry Cox of Wallace.

    Paternal grandparents are George and Sheryln West of Shallotte.

    Great-grandparents are Francis Cox of Wallace, Pauline Quick of Wallace and Alvin and Betty Williamson of Swansboro.

  • Justin and Sally Schutte Haddock are the parents of a daughter, Avery Hart Haddock, born at 7:32 a.m. March 19 at Crestwood Hospital in Huntsville, Ala.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 2 ounces, and measured 19 1/2 inches.

    She joins a brother, J. Hunter Haddock, 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Supply.

    Paternal grandparents are Tommy and Donna Haddock of Durham.

    Great-grandfather is Jack Fulk of Charlotte.

  • We are all looking for justice. It is most apparent these days when it seems greed has overtaken our world, our way of life, our value systems, even our government. It has left us with a thirst for justice.

  • They came from South Carolina and Florida, paying $200 each to work hard for seven weeks—gardening, washing houses, building decks, running errands, clearing yards and tearing down old structures.

    Fifteen members of Team Effort, a Christian youth ministry dedicated to helping those in need, were back at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach this year, providing services to the elderly and others in need.

    The group of “campers” stayed at the church, worked from 8 a.m.-3 p.m. four days each week and ended each day with a worship service.

  • One of the great things about my day job is my window looks out on a portion of the Brunswick Botanical Garden at the Government Complex around Building N in Bolivia. The garden continues to evolve with more new crape myrtles, but there are lots of other interesting plants that are putting on a show right now.

  • The weather has been cooler than normal for us this spring but the summer heat will come soon enough and we will be longing for those cooler days.

    With the cooler temperatures from our extended spring we have had more than usual swarming of bees. Plants have also suffered a bit from the cooler weather we had earlier. The turf grasses have been delayed and some are still struggling to put on some good growth. Mowing, maintaining good watering practices and fertilizing may help some of the grasses grow better.

    So, what are people finding out there now?

  • As I was wandering through the garden, to my horror, I saw the evil Japanese beetles munching down on my tree and shrub leaves.

    Beetles are a real pest at this time of year. Following is the information from the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service on Japanese beetles. This article is based on information from N.C. State University Extension Service and will be a two-part series: