Today's Features

  • Navy Seaman Jacob H. Gainey, grandson of Barbara L. Sellers of Leland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. 

    During the eight-week program, Gainey completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival, and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. 

  • Army Reserve Pfc. Karen T. Lee, daughter of Dolores Ballard of Leland, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    During the nine weeks of training, Lee studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat and field maneuvers and tactics.

  • Army Col. Fred V. Manzo, son of Fred V. Manzo Sr. of Bolivia, is returning to the Air War College at Maxwell Air Force Base, Gunter Annex, Montgomery, Ala., after being deployed to Afghanistan serving in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club will feature a presentation on tabletop and still life photography by Michelle Tinger and Irene Dowdy, award-winning members of the club, at its Aug. 19 meeting.

    They will share tips on how to make well-presented photographs using simple, inexpensive techniques and materials, which will include a slideshow of sample photographs. The program will also incorporate a demonstration of the materials and techniques involved. 

  • The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts” by Martha Stewart. Basic techniques for sewing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing and printing, plus 150 inspired projects from A to Z.

    “Priceless” by Robert K. Wittman. How he went undercover to rescue the world’s stolen art treasures.


  • Estelle Cartier celebrated her 107th birthday on July 29 at Autumn Care in Shallotte with family members.

    Born in New Brunswick, Canada, she is the youngest of 13 children. Celebrating with her were her daughter and son-in- law, Claire and Gene Connelly, three grandchildren, Kevin, Greg and Dana Connelly, and three great-grandchildren, Kyle, Taylor and Sarah Connelly. She attributes her amazing longevity to ‘life on the farm with good fresh food and clean water.’ 

  • Aaron Scott Ward and Rachel N. Swain Ward Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Evan Josiah Ward, born at 11:33 a.m. July 13 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He joins a brother, Joseph Liam, 2.

    Maternal grandparents are Ennis and Marilyn Swain of Varnamtown.

    Paternal grandparents are Dewey and Rhonda Ward of Whiteville.

    Great-grandparents are George and Lola DeVault Swain and Joe and Zettie Galloway Singletary, all of Varnamtown; and Daniel and Mattie Ward and Herbert and Mary Ward, all of Whiteville.

  • Archaeologist and storyteller Dr. Stanley South will share his historically significant findings with the public at the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site’s program, “Can You Dig It? A Day with Stanley South: Archaeologist, Storyteller and Author” from 10 a.m-4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 14.

  • By Judy Koehly

    We all know we must select and plant specimens according to light, soil and water requirements. This is basic, but excellent advice upon which all gardens should be based. But a heat wave, a dry spell, too little or too much sun and even imperfect soil will quickly create chaos in the garden. 

    Now is a great time to check out how your garden is working with the climate. In your sunlit garden, does a plant quickly wilt? Does it look exhausted by mid-day? 

  • One of the great plant success stories of recent years has to be the Encore azaleas. Developed by azalea breeder Buddy Lee of Independence, La., this group of evergreen plants provides decent spring color and an even better flower show in the fall. Twenty-four selections of Encore azaleas are currently available. Visit www.encoreazalea.com to see the different forms and flower colors. 

    Rather than list a lot of information you can find elsewhere, included are some personal observations about this great group of plants: