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Today's Features

  • By next summer, the dogs at Paws Place should be in a cooler place, literally, with expected completion of a new 6,000-square-foot facility that will move them from Boiling Spring Road to a new site in Winnabow.

    The nonprofit no-kill canine rescue group’s new indoor-outdoor kennel under construction on 18 acres at 242 George II Highway near U.S. 17 will be able to accommodate 26 dogs, plus quarantine space, with heating and air conditioning. It will also have an exercise yard, plus separate rooms for adoptions, grooming, laundry and veterinary attention.

  • It’s an association with a deep sense of community and family history.

    The Cedar Grove Improvement Association has long been the glue that unites families and efforts in the historic Brunswick County community in the heart of rural Supply. It’s devoted to doing just what its name implies — improving things for the people who have long resided there, families with roots embedded here and strong ties to each other.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Mary Zio long dreamed of opening her gallery.

    It finally came true this past September when the lifelong artist debuted Phthalo Blue Art Gallery at 7199 Beach Drive between Sunset and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The gallery is named for the Syracuse, N.Y., native’s favorite hue of blue — phthalocyanine in long form, defined by Wikipedia as “an intensely blue-green-colored aromatic macrocyclic compound that is widely used in dyeing.”

  • Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • Four new rescued Georgia gators have been added to Shallotte River Swamp Park’s Alligator Sanctuary at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County is offering its audience an opportunity to save 25 percent on individual ticket prices for 2017.

    Tickets purchased before Dec. 31 for the upcoming season will include one ticket for free.

    The 2017 season of the music series consists of singer-songwriter Joe Crookston on Jan. 21, folk-newgrass-rock-classical Harpeth Rising on Feb. 19, crowd favorites The Kennedys on March 24 and Canadian troubadour James Keelaghan on April 9.

  •  It’s the third week into 2017 and I’m going to bring up those New Year’s resolutions again. If your goal is to eat more healthfully this year, I have some simple ideas to try in the grocery store. Rethink what you’re putting in your cart.

  •  Saying goodbye is never easy. Even when one believes that endings are openings to new beginnings, goodbye is a word that sticks in our throat. So many thoughts and feelings emerge, converge and draw tenderness and toughness into a complicated embrace. Memories come to the surface, good and bad alike. Regrets join the company, creating a sharp edge and an intake of breath. Should haves, would haves, could haves cannot be completely erased. Perhaps that is a good thing.

  •   By Sam Marshall

     

  •  These frigid winter days we had recently literally brought me in from the cold. I can’t even enjoy my screened-in porch since I have to bundle up like Ralphie in “A Christmas Story.” With nothing else to do, I decided it was time to make some soup!