Today's Features

  • Leaves of three, let it be! The single most common cause of allergic reactions in the United States are those nasty plants poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac. Each year, these plants cause millions of people to contract a skin rash known as “dermatitis.” Learning how to identify the growing habits of each plant in this area is the first step towards prevention of skin rashes.

    Poison Ivy

  • We’re working on our first full week of spring and that means lots of garden chores showing up on the honey-do list. If you’re still looking for something to do, go ahead and finish the pruning chores, fertilize your shrub beds if they need it and add a bit of fresh mulch, but leave the lawn fertilizer in the bag for now and try to resist the urge to plant summer annuals unless you’re prepared to lose them to a late frost.

  • Last week I had two appointments in Wilmington that were almost two hours apart. I try to double or triple up appointments to save fuel cost and reduce my carbon footprint.

    Also, not wanting to place my fate in the jaws of the green, demonic dragon that lies in wait, I always stay in Wilmington instead of returning to Brunswick County between appointments. I often spend an hour or two watching nature at the lake during my wait.

    If you don’t think Memorial Bridge is possessed, just try running a few minutes late for an appointment or meeting.

  • Next year will mark the 10th anniversary of Bald Head Island police officer Davina Buff Jones’ violent death from a single shot from her own gun while she was working an overnight shift near Old Baldy Lighthouse.

    Local authorities soon determined Jones’ bullet wound to the back of her head was self-inflicted.

    Her family, however, disagreed, arguing Jones was murdered, most likely at the hands of shady people involved in illegal drug dealings on the posh resort island that’s accessible only by boat.

  • A lack of affordable housing for working people has been the subject of much scrutiny in Brunswick County.

    Several summits were held seeking answers to the problem, and last December, county commissioners established the Revolving Home Construction Program that gives priority to local government employees.

  • Wild fish resources are shrinking around the world because of over-fishing and pollution, and tilapia (te-la-pe-a) aquaculture is being examined as a great way to help out.

    Unlike many other fish, tilapia can eat almost any kind of plant or microorganism found in water, and thrive in just about any conditions (as long as the water temperature is above 50-degrees. Since tilapia are easy to care for, some fishermen and farmers are looking to the water as a farming resource to be developed.

  • One of the most difficult tasks placed before humanity is the labor of forgiving. It is work. It is hard work. It rends the heart so healing can happen. How do I know this truth? I know it because I have experienced it. The words, “I forgive you” have not come easily to my lips; nor has my request to be forgiven! Sometimes, it is easier to say, “I’m sorry,” than it is to ask to be forgiven.

  • David and Jill Fulwood of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Mackenzie Katherine Fulwood, born at 2:15 p.m. Dec. 27, 2007, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a sister, Rachel, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are David and Mona Griffin of Mocksville.

    Paternal grandparents are Dennis and Mary Fulwood of Ocean Isle Beach.

    Great-grandfather is H.M. Fulwood of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Paul and Molly Kittinger of Calabash are the parents of a daughter, Kathryn McKenzie Kittinger, born at 3:43 p.m., March 11, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Andrew, 2 1/2.

    Maternal grandparents are Al and Vicki McKenzie of Castle Hayne.

    Paternal grandparents are Paul and Anne Kittinger of Fayetteville.

    Great-grandparents are Keith and Helen McKenzie of Rockingham and Madolyn Kittinger of Winston-Salem.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Shannon Leigh Michaels of Longs, S.C., and Jimmy Lennon McLamb of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ralph and Janet Michaels of Gastonia. The prospective groom is the son of Jimmy and Gail McLamb of Calabash. An April 19 wedding is planned at Brunswick Plantation.