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Today's Features

  • He’s a self-made businessman and artist who in recent years has been donning yet another hat as an author.

    Just a few years ago, widely known Fayetteville entrepreneur and metal sculptor David McCune caught a writing bug and started putting pen to paper.

    One of his inspirations was his mom, Betty McCune, who died in January 2010 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. McCune’s first book, “Death, Divorce, Alzheimer’s,” conveys how the disease affects the family as much as it does the patient.

  • SUNSET BEACH — The Old Sunset Beach Bridge has received a Preservation Award of Community Leadership from the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

    Announcement of the award, the first ever for a bridge, came last week at the New Hanover County Courthouse as the Old Bridge Preservation Society was gearing up for the opening of the new Museum at the Old Bridge this past weekend, May 24 and 25.

  • BBQ and Bluegrass will permeate Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center on Friday, May 30.

    The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. “until,” will feature the Flatland Ramblers and Friends to benefit the Academy of Coastal Carolina.

    Other highlights include a BBQ dinner, dancing, a silent auction, an art show and face-painting.

    Tickets are $25 and $10 for ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

    SBIC is at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. near Calabash.

  •  With all these warm, blue sky days over the last few weeks, it’s time to fire up those outdoor grills and enjoy some great home-grilled cuisine. Grilling has become more popular year after year, but there is a misconception concerning outdoor cooking. Most everyone assumes that if you’re cooking outside, then you must be “barbecuing.” Not so!

  •  By John Nelson

    This past weekend, we flew up to Long island to visit relatives who live in the Hamptons. It was definitely still spring up there — daffodils everywhere, as well as lots of Bradford pear and serviceberry in full bloom. Quite a change when we got back to central South Carolina, where we’ve basically entered into early summer. It’s not really hot yet, but it’s warming up fast!

  •  So often we have allowed doubt to cast a shadow on our faith. We let it tinge credence with incredulity, casting the gloom of uncertainty upon the grace of certitude — causing distress and dismay to dog our steps and burden our spirits. We are shaken, but not to the core. To try to dismiss doubt summarily — banishing it to the darkest corner we can find — does no good. Somehow it surfaces when we least suspect and we are, once again, ill at ease.

  •  The 20th annual family reunion for the friends and descendants of Coval and Dorcas Ann Gore of Gore Lake Road in Nakina will be at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 8, at Old Zion Wesleyan Methodist Church Family Center, 10144 Swamp Fox Highway in East Tabor City.

    The event will include a covered dish dinner along with a continued history program to educate and entertain, beach house rental and charter boat ticket door prizes, a slide show of past reunions and past generations, as well as more recent reunions and family member pictures.

  •  Jodi Ellen Shoe of Sunset Beach and Sandy LaRue Wood of Calabash were married April 26 at Morgan Ridge Vineyard. Pastor Dan Gobble officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Cathy Shoe of Salisbury. She was given in marriage by her father.

    The groom is the son of Betty Wood of Kennett, Mo., and the late Alton Wood.

    Matron of honor was Katie Shoe Flynn of Lewis Center, Ohio, sister of the bride.

    Ed Blanchard of Kennett, Mo., brother-in-law of the groom, served as best man.

  • Upcoming Memorial Day services will pay tribute to veterans and soldiers both past and present.

    Sunset Beach

    A third annual Memorial Day service is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Monday, May 26, in the new Sunset Beach Town Park on Sunset Boulevard.

    Sunset Beach Town Council and the Sunset Beach Police Department invite the public to join them as they honor the men and women who have paid the ultimate sacrifice while defending our freedom.

  • SUNSET BEACH — Three years after being shut down, retired and moved to a new resting site, the old Sunset Beach bridge is ready for a new opening.

    After years of fundraising and getting ready, the Old Bridge Preservation Society is gearing up for the opening of the Museum at the Old Bridge.

    The museum, inside the upper level of the bridge’s old tender house, officially opens to the public with planned festivities from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, at the old bridge’s mainland resting site at 109 Shoreline Drive West.