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Today's Features

  • Ashley Ann Lauster of Supply and Justin Charles Swaim of Supply were married May 9 on the east end of Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Adam Milligan officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Frederick W. Lauster Jr. of Pine Island, N.Y., and Gail Lauster of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Charles and Susan Swaim of Trinity.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dana M. Stanley of Shallotte and David A. Sisk of Smithfield. The bride is the daughter of Dane and Mary D. Stanley of Shallotte. The groom is the son of David and Becky Sisk of Smithfield. A July 18 wedding is planned at Watts Farm in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Suzann and Jim Graf of Winnabow are the parents of a son, Samuel Joseph Graf, born at 11:54 a.m. June 19 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 22 1/2 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Stephen and Connie Schutte of Holden Beach.

    Paternal grandparents are Bill and Linda Graf and Kathy Graf of Wisconsin.

  • Bible study groups abound in Brunswick County. They give witness to an innate human need and desire to know more about the word of God.

    Each major religion has its scriptures, written descriptions of God’s way. No matter how we name God, whether our approach is literal or not, it is apparent human beings are interested in discovering more about divinity, more about the Creator in whose image and likeness we are created.

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

    NON-FICTION

    “What’s Age Got To Do With It?” by Robin McGraw. Robin shares her journey, including the ups and downs, and the secrets for staying healthy and in shape.

    “Diet Myths That Keep Us Fat” by Nancy L. Snyderman, M.D. The 101 truths that will save your waistline, and maybe even your life.

    FICTION

  • Chuck and Buster Gillis spent this Father’s Day the same way they do most days—visiting, sharing a meal and catching up on the day’s activities.

    These are typical visits for Buster, father of 43-year-old Chuck, but it’s far from a typical Father’s Day scene.

    After a long day out on the water, weekend or weekday, Buster, a charter boat captain, doesn’t go home to rest. He cleans up, packs a dinner and pays a visit to Chuck in his room at Autumn Care, his home since 1990.

  • The city of Southport hosts the official North Carolina Fourth of July Festival each year, and this year’s festivities will take place July 1-4.

    Beach Day will kick off the celebration in Oak Island on Wednesday, July 1, starting with a horseshoe tournament at 8 a.m., followed by youth activities, all-day contests, a water rescue demonstration at 1 p.m., the Holiday Band from 6-9 p.m., a shag competition at 7 p.m. and fireworks at 9 p.m. at Ocean Crest Pier.

  • Just before dusk, the Lil’ David trawler set sail out of Holden Beach Marina bearing volunteers with Shallotte River Sail and Power Squadron.

    Their destination: southbound and down the Intracoastal Waterway, also known in boating lingo as “ICW.”

    Their mission: to check all navigational markers between Holden and Sunset beaches and report any that might be missing, damaged or malfunctioning.

  • Many of you have probably used a braising method when cooking meat or vegetables and didn’t even know it!

  • A big name for a little fellow! Texas isn’t big in size (yet), but he has the biggest personality and will win any cold heart with a puppy kiss. He is 9 weeks old and has his first set of puppy shots. He will be available at 12 weeks old when he has been neutered, has all his puppy shots and rabies vaccine. He was found in the middle of N.C. 133 several weeks ago and has taken over Paws Place, a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.