.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Features

  • The Dec. 14 issue of the National Catholic Reporter contained a provocative 16-page insert on spirituality.

    This is a word that evokes a variety of emotional responses, many of them diametrically opposed. There is fear, disdain, dismissal, avoidance, denial, excitement, acceptance, relief and serenity—to name a few.

  • Trinity sets services

    “Our Favorite Excuses” will be the title of Pastor Skip Williams’ sermon at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash Street across from the post office in Southport, on Sunday, Feb. 17.

    Based on scripture from Matthew 27:1-5, the sermon will be delivered at all three worship services: 8:30 a.m. casual worship, 9:40 a.m. contemporary worship with the Trinity Worship Band in Murrow Hall, and the 11 a.m. traditional service.

    Nursery care will be available during all three services.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Faith Evans and Derek Frink, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Violet Andrews of Leland and Douglas Evans of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Lee Vance Frink and Marjorie Lynn Frink of Supply. A Feb. 14 wedding is planned at Oak Grove Baptist Church.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jennifer Ann Kirby of Supply and Kirk Joseph Worrell of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald and Wanda Kirby of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Livius and Mary Jo Worrell of Fayetteville. A March 15 wedding is planned at Ocean View Pentecostal Free Will Baptist Church.

  • “Too picky” might work when describing a stern college professor, parent, or ex-girlfriend. You can just ignore them or run for cover, absolving yourself of any wrongdoing on your part. However, when “too picky” applies to an animal with very specialized needs, in this case a woodpecker, it is not that easy. It cannot help itself so we must.

  • I glanced over my husband’s shoulder to see what had him so engrossed. He was rereading one of his perennial favorites, The Artist’s Magazine.

    I keep telling him he must put down the magazines and pick up the brushes to be effective, but that’s another column. Sensing a spark of interest, he quickly showed me some amazing works of art. But I noted the title of one article and began my own artistic meanderings.

  • This is the story of a dog—a small red tick hound who, along with a lot of other dogs, strayed from home and wound up on adoption row at the Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    It’s also the story of Janie Withers and Gail Colwell, two members of Paws-Ability, a nonprofit group devoted to raising money for assorted animal causes in Brunswick County.

    Withers, of Ocean Isle Beach and a founder of the group, frequently visits the shelter and has rescued a few animals in her lifetime.

  • Over the years, a number of techniques have been used to produce early vegetable crops. Many of these “tricks of the trade” were originated by growers and universities. By using one or more of these “tricks,” you can increase your annual vegetable yield. Check out these seven tips for growing vegetables early and getting a jump on the rest of the growers:

    Multiple plantings

  • The window is still open for pruning your shrubs and trees. Now is the time to cut back your pampas grass to within 12-inches of the ground.

    Use hedge clippers because of the vastness of the grass clump and wear gloves as the leaves have sharp edges. Make sure you remove the dead leaves and debris from the center of the clump so sunlight can get through to start the spring growing process. Established clumps of pampas grass can be divided and planted elsewhere in your landscape.

  • The temperature roller coaster continues here in southeastern North Carolina with nights in the teens followed a few days later with days in the 70s. While you won’t find me complaining about the days in the 70s, the erratic temperatures do create problems for our garden plants.

    Gardenias in some locations have been injured. If the warmth continues, you’ll see roses and lots of other plants starting to grow. And, the warmth really creates great conditions for winter weeds in lawns.