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Today's Features

  • My husband was scheduled for cataract surgery. “It is a simple procedure,” everyone comments, “endured by many senior citizens. Your vision will be so improved that you will be wishing that you had done it years ago.”

  • St. Luke plans services

    Lenten and Holy Week services at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach:

    Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saint Luke will host the fourth luncheon sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association at noon. The Rev. Richard Farrand will present the meditation Prayer of the Questioner or Grumbler. Lunch is served at noon followed by the prayer service.

    Wednesday March 5: Soup and sandwich supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lenten service at 6:30 p.m.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Hannah Elizabeth Pressley to Jonathon Paul Siler, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Pressley of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Siler, also of Shallotte. A 7 p.m. March 7 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach. A reception will follow in the family life center.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Chantal Taunton of Bolivia to Clint K. Strommen of Carolina Shores. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jo and Annie Van Den Heuvel-Leinaerts of Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prospective groom is the son of Cliff and Betty Strommen of Carolina Shores. An April wedding is planned.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Stacy Rechelle Lear to Jon Vivas, both of of Missoula, Mont. The bride-elect is the daughter of Frank and Deborah Lear of Holden Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Manuel Vivas of Chicago and Dorothy Vivas of Mount Vernon, N.Y. A 4 p.m. May 24 wedding is planned at Heritage Hall, Fort Missoula, Missoula, Mont. The couple has a wedding Web site at www.empressandcommander.com.

  • Jessica Alexandria Frank and Clinton Wyatt Hutton of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 15, 2007, at Tidewater Golf Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Dr. Ronald A. Veenker officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Joyce D. and Geoffrey M. Frank of Sunset Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Matron of honor was her sister-in-law, Heather K. Rhodes of Elgin, S.C.

    The groom is the son of Frances D. and Harry W. Hutton of Hampstead.

    Best man was Bobby Earwood of Holden Beach.

  • With the afternoon sun beaming down, Lonzie Bryant stood outside Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church and basked in the warmth and history.

    The 62-year-old church trustee can recall his childhood, when a more primitive structure preceded the two-story brick church building in the African-American community on Cedar Grove Road.

    He remembers homemade pews, no central heat in winter and no air conditioning or fans in summer, when windows were lifted to let some air in.

    “Most people came to church with a mule and cart,” he said.

  • Celia is a full-grown gray tiger-and-white tabby who loves to dip her paws in the water can and lick your hands. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Celia, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Poinsettia’s keeping quality depends on several factors. Many home gardeners have no trouble keeping a poinsettia looking good through the winter, but bringing it into “flower” in subsequent years is a challenge for the best of gardeners. They are still considered actively growing even now and will need water, sunlight, and fertilizing through February.

    Pruning Camellias

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: Part 1 of a two-part series on Lawn Care

    Now is a great time for planning weed control in your lawn. There are two different kinds of weeds to consider. Winter weeds will be discussed first.

    The majority of winter weeds are annual weeds. They grow during the winter, flower and produce seeds, and die during the first hot spell in the spring.

    Now is a good time to spot spray with a herbicide such as Weed-B-Gone for Southern Lawns or Speed Zone Southern. There are several other products that will work.