Today's Features

  • 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:

  • Crisis Center seeks volunteers

    The Rape Crisis Center of Brunswick County provides 24/7 crisis response for victims of sexual assault in the community and volunteers play an important role in making sure those services can be offered.

    Volunteer training is being offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Lunch will be provided. If interested in attending, contact Deanna Stoker at 754-7949 or e-mail dstoker@coastalhorizons.org.

    Thrift Shop needs donations

  • The Oak Island Beach Quilters 17th annual quilters challenge is now on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    There are 19 pieces in this year’s show. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. At the end of the show, one quilter will receive the People’s Choice award. Visit the exhibit now through Aug. 21 and cast your vote.

  •  Senior site menus

    Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Aug. 16

    Baked ziti, vegetable blend, blend juice, sugar cookie, Italian bread/margarine, beverage.

    Tuesday, Aug. 17

    Pork roast/gravy, sweet potatoes, black-eyed peas, pineapple, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Aug. 18

    Beef stew with vegetables, brown rice, vanilla pudding, orange juice, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Aug. 19