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Today's Features

  • Dr. Jessica Shireman and Dr. Scott Hewett were married Dec. 19 at Blue Ridge Presbyterian Church in Raytown, Mo., where the sanctuary was adorned with red poinsettias and white roses for the holiday wedding.

    The bride is the daughter of Steve and Kathe Shireman of Kansas City, Mo. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Aaron and Lisa Hewett of Shallotte.

  • I am still amazed I knew almost nothing about chicken thighs until I moved here about 10 years ago.

    We ate a lot of chicken breasts and whole chickens, but always thought the thighs didn’t have much meat on them. Boy, was I surprised. Now I can’t get enough of them. I can’t even seem to over-cook them. They always come out juicy and tender.

  • Joan Leotta and Edith Edwards first became friends through the Writer’s Block, a Wilmington-based writing group.

    They soon discovered they had a lot in common—a love of history and a penchant for writing short stories.

    It was just a matter of time for the two to collaborate on “Tales Through Time: Women of the South,” a new book of short stories the two wrote and published together.

    A reading and presentation of their new book is set for 2 p.m. this Friday, Jan. 22, at Hickmans Crossroads Library.

  • A 17-year-old violin and fiddle virtuoso wowed the crowd at the Odell Williamson Auditorium Saturday evening, bringing a blend of classical violin and traditional Celtic fiddle music to about 600 concertgoers.

    The Brunswick Community College Foundation and Coastal Financial Associates sponsored the visit from Caroline Goulding, accompanied on piano by Alicja Basinska and Janine Randall.

    All proceeds will benefit scholarships at Brunswick Community College.

  • This is a good time to review the planets; they have been on the move through the sky so it is time for a sky-wide planet roundup.

    We are losing Jupiter; well not really losing it, we are just losing sight of it.

    Jupiter is moseying into the sunset as the days pass. At least it looks that way, “danger science information ahead,” as Earth orbits the sun, we change the alignment of Jupiter and the sun in the sky. As we move, the effect is the alignment of the sun between Jupiter and us.

  • We’ve just emerged from a stint of colder-than-normal temperatures that we’ve been sharing with most of the country. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little mid-winter pick-me-up, a reminder that our short and relatively mild winter will be giving way to spring shortly.

    Luckily, all I have to do is go and hang out in the backyard to find winter-blooming plants like hybrid mahonia and edgeworthia.

  • As many plants wind down for the year, camellias come in to their own. The glossy, deep green Southern aristocrats brighten the cool season with perfect blooms. We mainly grow two camellia species here: camellia sasanqua, a fall bloomer, and camellia japonica, the “common” camellia that flowers in late fall to spring, depending on the variety.

  • Ashley Elaine Suggs of Calabash and Justin Darrell Ward of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 24 at Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

    The Rev. Larry Ward officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Susan Suggs of Calabash. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Vicki Cayton of Castle Hayne and the late Darrell Ward.

    Mateus Buchanan of Calabash served as matron of honor.

    Flower girl was Mackenzie Buchanan.

    David Suggs, the bride’s father, served as best man.

  • When I stumbled upon a transliteration of the beatitudes by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, an Aramaic scholar, in his “Prayers of the Cosmos,” I was struck with awe.

  • SUNSET BEACH—When her grandchildren were small, Anne Giordano used to make up stories to tell them.

    The retired educator’s gift for fictitious license recently re-emerged in the form of a new children’s book, “Spencer, the Magic Rabbit.”

    It’s a freshly published collaboration between Giordano and fellow Sea Trail resident and illustrator Marie Munn.

    Noting it’s her first book, Giordano said “Spencer” is the print rendition of a story she used to tell her granddaughter, Kellie.