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Today's Features

  • Youth Day celebration set for Aug. 19
    Holy Covenant United Holy Church, 237Snowfield Road SE in Leland (Snowfield Community), will observe its annual Youth Day celebration at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 19. The Rev. Rodnisha Gore of Fayetteville, formerly of Longwood, will be the guest speaker for this service.
    For more information, call (910) 231-3170.
    Raleigh Ringers to perform at Seaside UMC
    The Raleigh Ringers, a world-renowned handbell choir, is scheduled to perform in concert at 7 p.m. Aug. 27 at Seaside UMC in Sunset Beach.

  • The phone rang. Good news was announced. Our eldest granddaughter would be arriving for a weeklong visit with her grandparents, the old folks.
    Long ago, we had established the definition of visiting versus vacationing. When a grandchild visits, it would be customary to do what the grandparents do. Vacationing with them is to do what you wish to do.

  • The North Carolina Maritime Museum at Southport will showcase authentic North Carolina culture and heritage on Saturday, Aug. 11, in this year’s summer series, Second Saturdays.
    The theme for the final Second Saturdays event for 2012 is “Original Inhabitants of the Cape Fear.” Discover Southport’s “locals” from prehistoric to the present.

  • Can you tell the difference between a venomous and a non-venomous snake? What kind of snake are you most likely to find in your yard? What snake will, when introduced to your yard, devour or drive off all the other snakes, including venomous ones? Do baby snakes hatch from eggs or are they born live? Which snakes make the best pets? How should a snake hook be used? How can you make your own inexpensive but effective snake hook?
    Learn the answers to these and many other questions by attending Snakes Alive! at the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

  • Elyse Noelle Collins and Wesley Thomas Johnson were married April 14 at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill.
    The Rev. Raymond Wickham officiated in the outdoor, lakeside ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Samira Collins of Apex, and granddaughter of Clara Smith of Ocean Isle Beach, Earl Williams of Greensboro and Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Collins of Dahlonega, Ga.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Tommy Johnson of Dunn, and grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Lee of Dunn and Mr. and Mrs. Roy Johnson of Dunn.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Krista Michelle Coleman of Wilmington and William Keith White of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Donna Mroczko of Wilmington and the late Garry Kile and the late Edward Mroczko. The prospective groom is the son of Mickey Holden of Shallotte and the late J.W White Jr. A wedding date has not yet been set.

  • Belk in Shallotte Crossing is hosting one of the department store chain’s bi-annual KidFests from noon-3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11.
    KidFest features runway fashion shows with local children modeling Belk’s latest fashions and trends for kids.
    KidFest activities and entertainment vary by store, but most will include refreshments, music, games, face-painting, balloons and prizes.

  • Staff Report

    SUNSET BEACH—It was May 1997. Rudy Gambarelli had retired from his lifelong stint in the wine business. His wife, Pat Gambarelli, was more than ready, after 11 years of cooking classes in New York State, to close the kitchen and head south with him.
    “No more snow shovels and icy roads for us,” Pat Gambarelli wrote about the couple’s decision to retire to Sea Trail Golf Resort in Sunset Beach. “The future was warm.”

  • Bamboo T-shirts bearing the town of Calabash logo are now available at the Bamboo Boutique in The Low Country Stores complex in Calabash.
    The design features the town logo, “Seafood Capital of the World.”
    Bamboo clothing is thermal-regulating and helps wearers stay cooler and drier in the summer and warmer in winter, store owner Dean Moore says.
    Bamboo is also touted as a renewable resource that’s grown without use of pesticides or chemical fertilizers.

  • On Monday, July 16, the 4-H Clover-Buds, youth ages 5-8, met an array of real super heroes at a camp called “Real Super Heroes.”
    Day-campers started out at the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Burt Reaves took them on a tour of the sheriff’s office, where they met chief deputy Charlie Miller and deputy Chris Powell with his bloodhound, Bonnie, used for searching for missing people.