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Today's Features

  • “This is a journey, and each one travels differently.” Thus spoke the ophthalmologist to his impatient patient, a man chomping at the bit to return to “normalcy.”

    The doctor quietly but firmly repeated his message, adding that everyone heals differently. Each lens implant adheres uniquely, conforming to the individual shape of the eye. His lesson was clear. The voyage toward improved vision may be walked together, but each voyager experiences it personally and, in a sense, alone.

  • Ashleigh Corrin Williams and Frederick Devon Williams of Longwood were united in marriage Feb. 25 at the Brunswick County Courthouse.

    Martha Currie officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Sharon W. Best (Jessie) of Longwood and Richard L. Stallings of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Geneva F. Williams (Ronald) and Johnnie M. Brown of Supply.

  • Beth McCray and Eric Kerr are the parents of a son, Dominic Anthony Kerr, born at 8:37 p.m. Feb. 18 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 5 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Sheila McCray of Supply and Tony McCray of Lumberton.

    Paternal grandmother is Cathy Kerr of Supply.

    Paternal great-grandparents are Jesse and Joyce Hardee of Laurinburg and Tyson Barber of Wagram. Maternal great-grandparents are W.K. and Shirley Lewis of Supply.

  • “New” is a great marketing campaign. Stop by the supermarket and you’ll find all kinds of “new and improved” stuff on the shelves. Gardeners are enamored with “new” just like everyone else. Take a look at your favorite garden catalog and you’ll see lots of space devoted to the new and unusual.

    During a recent visit with an old nursery friend of mine, I saw two new plants that have lots of potential for our landscapes: Taiwan cherry and Steeplechase arborvitae.

  • Stella can run through an agility course in about 40 seconds with few mistakes. She can run up and down the see–saw and A-frame with ease, soar over the jumps and maneuver through weave poles.

    But when it comes to making her way through a closed tunnel Stella, unlike many other dogs that perform the same tasks, gets lost because she cannot hear verbal commands.

    While most dogs listen for direction, Stella is deaf and relies on hand signals to help her run the course. Despite her disability, she runs the course with ease.

  • EDITOR'S NOTE: (Part 2 of a two–part series on lawn care)

    First and foremost, do not fertilize your lawn at this time. The Extension Master Gardener Hot Line has received several calls on lawn fertilizing. As warm season grasses are grown in this area and the grass is just now starting to break dormancy, fertilizing now is a waste of time and money.

  • Last week I noticed it. The first songbird to sing this spring in my neighborhood was the house finch. On the following Sunday morning, while birding in Southport, I noticed eastern bluebirds singing in several locations. In fact, numerous species were singing that warm morning.

  • Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Remember when you were a child and grandma would spend all day in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals and desserts “the old-fashioned way?”

    Wish you could relive some of those wonderful childhood memories of grandma’s cooking? She didn’t even need to read a recipe or use a measuring spoon—she just somehow “knew” what the right amount of ingredients were. That’s what makes grandmas so great! Don’t you wish you knew how to cook like that, to smell the pies baking, to taste the delicious cookies again?

  • 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.”