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Today's Features

  • I loved “The Notebook.” I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the story.

    That was the first and last Nicholas Sparks novel (or movie) I loved.

    Recently, while on assignment in Southport, construction crews were busy building a set for the upcoming movie adaptation of Sparks’ novel, “Safe Haven.”

    With production on the movie under way, and the stars heading to town, I thought it would be fun and timely to review the book at the heart of the movie.

  • Planting palms in the landscape can create a tropical escape and drastically change the look of a garden.
    Even though palms do not have a showy flower, their large, evergreen leaves are natural attention getters. A single large palm or a grove of smaller palms can serve as a focal point for any landscape, large or small.
    Palms can be shrubs or trees. Most palms form some kind of woody trunk, but a palm trunk is different from the trunk of an ordinary tree. Palms rarely form branches, but keep their leaves clustered at the end of the trunk.

  • Brunswick County 4-H member Sammi Lawrence attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 11-13. She returned home from three days where more than 200 youth and adults representing more than 75 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the different levels and branches of government.

  • Tom Woods
    Horticultural Technician
    Some of the plants in your garden and in your home are more than just pretty; they may also be poisonous if ingested. It is wise to be aware of the plants that can cause harm, especially if you have children or pets on the premises.
    One of the prime rules is to avoid any white fruits, both in the northern part of the country and in the tropics.

  • "When you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean, you’re lucky enough.”
    We have all heard this saying or seen it on one of those cute little signs at the gift stores, but it certainly applies to those of us who live in Brunswick County. Not only are we lucky to have our wonderful beaches and amazing ocean, we have access to great local seafood.

  • It was a country-rocking good time at the first Southport Beat in Downtown Southport on Friday, June 15. Participating shops were open until 8 p.m. and restaurants served specials. The country band Cowboy Chrome was headlined and kept the crowd dancing, and Spider Mike provided music.
    Also in Franklin Square Park, artist Jim McIntosh painted and the Winding River Car Club showed off some vehicles, while Mr. P’s Bistro, Silver Coast Winery, Moore Street Market and Ports of Call Bistro provided the crowd with samples.

  • The Master’s Men, an all-male a cappella inspirational ensemble from Raleigh, will present “Songs of Faith” at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
    Tickets are $10 and will be available beginning July 5 at the church office at 4807 Main St. in Shallotte from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday from the United Methodist Women or at the door, if available. Proceeds will support UMW missions, both locally and beyond. Call 754-4840.

  • It’s that time of year again. Flag Day and Memorial Day have come and gone. Banks are closed. Grills are fired up. Parades are planned. Fireworks will light up the night sky. A federal holiday is coming, allowing leisure to take precedence and allowing all the opportunity to celebrate and contemplate the reality that this land is our land. It’s nearly the Fourth of July.
    We have much to consider as citizens of this great nation. We have much to ponder when it comes to understanding independence as freedom, justice, mercy and compassion for all.

  • The South Brunswick Islands (SBI) Rotary Club awarded several scholarships to seniors from West Brunswick High School. The scholarships were awarded to Corryn Diemer, Greg Hensley, Daniel Hernandez, Mary Amron Lee, Mary Britt Nelson, Nicole Turner and Darius Williams.
    In past years, the club awarded three $1,000 scholarships to area seniors. The applicants for this year’s scholarships were so outstanding the Rotarians who interviewed the applicants asked fellow club members to find a way to award more than three scholarships.

  • June is the annual observance of National Safety Month, originated by the National Safety Council in an effort to promote public awareness and ultimately decrease the number of injuries and deaths.
    Whether you are cooking outside on the grill or inside in your kitchen, it is important to pay close attention to what you are doing. Disaster can strike without warning no matter if you’re using a charcoal grill or a gas grill. Observe these key grilling safety tips: