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Today's Features

  • She calls herself, at least she is known as, “the divine Bette Midler.” Some would take umbrage at her audacity and seek a more self-deprecating nomenclature. Others would applaud her authenticity and find glee in her sense of true humility. She is divine, it is true. So are we. Divinity dances in our humanity. Sadly, we prefer a more sedate step with a bow and scrape to assert our lowliness. 

  • By John Nelson
    It’s the end of summer, and our campus is crawling with students, all young botanists, and newly arrived all over the place. It’s a very busy time for everybody, and definitely for botanists. There is no end of plant life to discover and study wherever you are in the Southeast, and I hope you will be paying attention to the plants around you in the upcoming early autumn season.

  • Bill and Joannie Hoyle of Ocean Isle Beach celebrated their 63rd wedding anniversary Aug. 14 at Carrabba’s Italian Grill in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. The couple married in Providence, R.I., at St. Raymond’s Church and made Ocean Isle Beach their home for 13 years.

  • Seaman Recruit Elizabeth Kronebusch, Division 263, graduated as the top sailor from Recruit Training Command (RTC) earning the Military Excellence Award on Aug. 25.

    Kronebusch, a graduate of South Brunswick High School, joined the Navy in June.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash celebrated the 91st birthday of Catherine Bullard, who was born Aug. 6, 1926.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash celebrated the 86th birthday of Roberta Simmons, who was born Sept. 6, 1931.

  • Family and friends joined Michelina “Ms. Micky” Chiofolo in celebrating her 99th birthday at Autumn Care in Shallotte with cake and ice cream Sunday, Sept. 3. As an Italian-American, Ms. Micky grew up in Philadelphia where she got married and had two children. Her family says he is a special woman who has spent her life caring for her family and sharing her delicious homemade Italian gravy and meatballs with everyone near and far.

  • A new program at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher focuses on high school students who want to take action to protect the environment.

    Ocean stewards will focus on conservation and stewardship to better understand climate science and reduce the impacts of climate change.

    Fourteen young people will be selected to participate in monthly meetings, explore outdoors and engage in stewardship activities to conserve coastal habitats. The teens will learn about climate change and then plan and implement a project in the community.

  • Waterway Art Association has announced the following workshops in coming days and months.

    All sessions are at Bellinger Art Works at 283B Koolabrew Drive NW off Calabash Road near Carolina Shores.

    Nationally known portrait artist Terry Sellers Harrison will teach an eight-week Beginner Artist Class Series, “Painting, From the Beginning,” Sept. 11 through Oct. 30.

  • The following events are planned for this month at Sunset River Marketplace:

    Paint & Party on Wednesday, Sept. 13, Marsh Scene; Tuesday, Sept.19, Sea Turtle; Tuesday, Oct. 3, Sunflowers; Wednesday, Oct 11, Tobacco Barn. We supply paints, canvases, aprons, snacks and everything you need, except your beverage of choice.

    Exploring Collage with instructor Babs Ludwick on Monday, Sept. 18. The class will focus on color, harmony, design and composition. You’ll work with torn paper, along with bits and pieces of life. No experience is necessary.