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  • Blue Star Mothers support offspring serving in the military

    Staff report

    Members of Blue Star Mothers of the Grand Strand are spreading the word and fliers about their cause—supporting adult children serving in all branches of the U.S. military.

    The chapter, formed in February 2008 in Little River, S.C., meets once a month at American Legion Post 186, 4285 Pine Drive in Little River.

  • Mr. Murphy will quickly get your attention as he looks at you with such love and devotion and begs for your attention. He's a gentle, 1-year-old husky and shepherd mix who is housebroken, good-natured, and very adaptable. He would be great in any home; he just needs a chance. At 56 pounds, he's medium-sized and ready to go. Paws Place Animal Rescue is 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.

  • CALABASH—Sixty-five years ago this Saturday, as dawn was breaking over the choppy English Channel, 19-year-old Tom Koester was aboard one of the first U.S. landing crafts to reach Omaha Beach at the start of what has been recorded as the longest day in history.

    As they approached at H-hour—6:30 a.m.—at first it was a “picnic,” the Navy veteran said.

    When they were 200 yards from shore, however, German machine guns opened up from cliffs overlooking the beach.

  • History does not relate the identity of the person who first discovered the pleasure of a tomato eaten with fresh basil, or thought to combine sage with onion in a stuffing, or lamb with rosemary and garlic. We do know most of the flavor-enhancing herbs we enjoy today were prized by the earliest cultures to relieve diets that were often dull and limited.

  • Temperatures beyond the mid 80s have lots of folks heading for the air conditioner unless you’re like me and enjoy the heat. One of our favorite plants also really likes the heat—crape myrtle.

  • Turfgrass continues to come out of winter dormancy and with the expected high temperatures in the forecast, this means the grasses will really take off. Be sure to sharpen the blades on your mowing equipment. If the blades are too dull, the grass will have a uniform brownish-gray cast to it after mowing. Now is the time to fertilize your centipedegrass.

    Centipede prefers having just one application of fertilizer for the season and June is the best month to fertilize Centipede. One recommendation is to apply 10 pounds of 5-5-15 fertilizer per 1,000 square feet of turf area.

  • Although daylilies are native to eastern Siberia, China, Japan and Korea, the plant has become a popular garden variety displayed throughout America.

  • Jessie Amber Nicole Faircloth and David Alton Bullard III of Supply were married May 2 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Gary Boling officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Philip and Beverly Faircloth of Supply.

    She was given in marriage by her daughters, Layla and Hayley, and escorted by Layla.

    She wore a white, ballerina-length halter-style dress with a princess silhouette and a sheer, fingertip length veil with diamond gemstones.

    She carried a bouquet of hot pink roses wrapped in ribbon.

  • Jennifer Kristen Farrand and Victor Burke Starling were married Saturday, May 9, at Sunset Beach Community Church in Sunset Beach.

    The Rev. Richard Farrand, father of the bride, officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Richard and Karen Farrand of Sunset Beach. She is a CPA and chief financial officer at Riverside Mattress Company in Fayetteville.

    The groom is the son of Billie Jean Starling Davis and the stepson of Donald Davis. He has been a police officer with the Fayetteville Police Department for more than 20 years.

  • SOUTHPORT—Do you remember walkin’ in the sand? Dancin’ in the street? Rockin’ around the Christmas tree?

    Those are just a few of the golden-oldie hits performed in “Beehive: The ’60s Musical,” Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production that debuted last weekend in Franklin Square Park in Southport.

  • Grilling fish and other seafood outdoors is an easy and enjoyable way to bring the “flavor of the ocean” into your backyard.

    Seafood just seems to taste better, more flavorful and juicy, when done this way. To avoid the fish sticking to your grill, be sure to oil the cooking surface or brush the fish with a little oil or butter.

  • A craze sweeps through the garden every year about this time for those perennial superstars—daylilies. One look at a bed in full bloom and you, too, will be hooked on Hemerocallis. That’s the genus for daylily which is derived from two Greek words meaning “beautiful” and “day,” referring to the fact individual flowers only last one day.

    While I’ve never gone completely crazy over daylilies, I have just added two interesting selections to my own garden. We’ll come back to that.

  • The crape myrtles are among the most popular landscape plants in Brunswick County. They are valued for their prolific summer flowers, heat and drought tolerance and year-round landscape interest. Under the right conditions, they flower all summer long.

    When planted in the right location, crape myrtles can be almost pest free. There are, however, two disorders that crop up during the summer that may require control measures; one is caused by a fungus and the other is caused by an insect.

  • Deborah Lynn Hotop and Wesley Ryan Hyduke of Egan, Minn., were married April 4 at Seaside United Methodist Church, with Deacon Bob McGahran of St. Brendan Catholic Church officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Diana and William Hotop of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Susan and Andrew Hyduke of Bethlehem, Pa.

    Sarah Hotop served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Martha Hotop and Kylene Hyduke.

    Scott Mackaro served as best man. Groomsmen were Shane Krabenbauer and Scott Hotop.

    A reception followed the ceremony at Brunswick Plantation.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lenora Kay McNabb and William. F. ‘Bill‘ Flynn Jr. of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kay D. Pleasants of Supply.She is originally from Charlotte. The prospective groom is the son of Jacqueline Flynn of Philadelphia and is originally from Philadelphia. The two decided to make their home in Brunswick County because they fell in love with the area, the people and their church. An Oct. 17 wedding is set at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Martha Norwood of Marshville and Danny Norwood of Sunset Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Kathleen Norwood, to Daniel Ray Mills. The bride-elect graduated from Forest Hills High School in Marshville in 2004 and from Appalachian State University in Boone in 2008. She is employed by Wilkes County Public Schools and Appalachian State University Athletics. The prospective groom is the son of Tami and David Mills of Marshville. He is a 2003 graduate of Forest Hills High School and attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

  • Just when we thought everything was copasetic and we could just roll along with life, we experienced a number of surprising glitches in our usually tranquil routine. Little did we know that life was happening before our very eyes.

    Life was happening while we were making other plans, usual plans, ordinary plans. It all began with the return of the raccoons.

  • Members of the Shallotte High School class of 1957 as well as one of their former teachers, Lillian Hewett, gathered last week at Jerome’s in Shallotte for lunch and reminiscing. The 25 classmates, who had their 50th reunion at Jerome’s in 2007, decided they didn’t want to wait five or 10 years for the next reunion. According to the class officers, who organized the event, 66 students graduated in 1957, and 21 of them are now deceased.

  • Work by artist Gary Halberstadt, president of the Brunswick Arts Council, is being featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through May 30.

    The exhibit features landscapes of local waterway scenes as well as paintings inspired by Halberstadt’s travels through Europe.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native taught himself to paint while in the Army and painted intermittently before moving to Brunswick County. A minor accident in 2005 curtailed most of his activities but laid the groundwork for his artistic resurgence.

  • Seaside United Methodist Church Preschool students participated in a Bike Rodeo last Wednesday, during which the N.C. Highway Patrol instructed the youngsters on proper bicycle safety.