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Today's Features

  • Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is a newly opened venue for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.

  • When Pete and Linda Sundman, married and business partners for the past 20 years, moved from Atlanta to Brunswick County, they wanted to find a way to put their entrepreneurial skills to use.

    They’ve finally found their niche in a unique little drama venue on N.C. 211, and local theater fans are celebrating.

    The two, who have lived in Oak Island, St. James and now Winding River Plantation, tried retirement but found it wasn’t for them.

  • KURE BEACH—In January 1865, more than 3,000 United States Colored Troops (USCT) landed at Fort Fisher and participated in the Union Army campaign to take Wilmington.

    The impact of their presence will be reviewed when Fort Fisher State Historic Site has a panel discussion, “Black Men Bearing Freedom: U.S. Colored Troops and Their Impact on North Carolina,” at 6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, in the Azalea Coast Room at the Fisher Student Center at UNC Wilmington.

  • If you speak Spanish, the word to describe the weather of late is “freo.” That’s “cold” to those of you who don’t “habla the Espanola.”

    Whatever your language of choice, the temperatures have been abnormally low. So what does the cold mean for our garden plants?

    The short answer to that question is: “Not too much.” While the temperatures haven’t been pleasant for those of us who prefer the feel of sweat rolling down our backs, the plants are doing just fine.

  • Wax myrtle (Morella cerifera) is a popular landscape tree and is often grown as a dense hedge for natural screening.

    It is one of the most versatile landscape plants in southeastern North Carolina, offering four seasons of beauty and service. It is a fine textured evergreen shrub or small tree. It will quickly reach heights of 15-25 feet. The narrow, evergreen leaves are a glossy, olive green and are quite aromatic when crushed, releasing a pleasant, spicy scent.

  • Brunswick Electric Membership Corporation (BEMC) invites local agencies and groups to apply for a 2010 BEMC Community Grant.

    The program was started in 2003 and provides grants up to $2,500 to groups that provide: family services programs, civic and community programs, cultural and arts programs, emergency services and community development activities. Since inception, the grants program has awarded nearly $168,000 to more than 100 projects benefiting citizens all over the area.

  • Judy and Clifton Riley of Calabash celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary Dec. 18, 2009. Their daughter, Susan Suggs, gave a reception in their honor at The Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

  • Do you remember that ditty from years past, the one that began with the words: “Tell me a story before I fall asleep?” I do. Every once in a while, it bubbles up from the recesses of my mind, and I smile.

    I smile because life is all about telling stories. You tell me your story. I tell you mine. We share the commonality we find in them and make connections, as we can, to the larger story of humanity and divinity. This cosmic tale remains a mystery to be entered and probed.

  • Looking for something new, active and fit to do in 2010?

    Try moving your feet to music.

    Instructors are stepping up with an array of dance classes in a variety of styles, from beginner to advanced, throughout Brunswick County.

    Every day of the week, students are dancing somewhere at an area venue.

  • LOCKWOOD FOLLY--Friendly competition, camaraderie and fun are the main reasons people enjoy shooting pool, and for a group of friends in this golf course community, another reason is neighbor Bob Marston’s new billiards room.

    The group of about a half-dozen Lockwood Folly residents plays three nights a week, and Marston’s friends say the night they enjoy most is when he hosts the game.