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Today's Features

  •  OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Operation Marry Me Military is in full action mode as the big day draws near.

    The new nonprofit started by Oak Island’s Alecia Geddings is off to a grand start for its inaugural year. The 10-year goal is to marry 100 active military personnel on Veterans Day across the state.

    This year Brunswick County is home to two beach weddings. Event planner Brittany Adams of Brittany Adams O’Neil Events of Ocean Isle Beach and Michelle Rose are coordinating the Operation Marry Me Military event for southern Brunswick County.

  • Fall is upon us, and temperatures and leaves are falling. Even a satellite fell, because gravity affects us all. Some satellites can get a gravity whip and instead of coming back to earth, the gravity whip sends it flying while saving fuel. Thanks, gravity.
    Voyager 1 and 2 are such satellites, and with a little practice, you can tell where both objects are just by looking for the constellations with the moving parts.

  •   BRUNSWICK COUNTY—She has been growing collard greens for more than 30 years, but never has she grown them as tall as this year.

    Velma Williams planted collard greens in her garden last spring, just like she does every year. Only this year, they never seemed to stop growing.

    Last week Williams measured them. The tallest one in her garden is 56 inches in height.

  • CALABASH—It’s a corner nook, just waiting for browsers to come and discover delights that await within.

    One of them is All About the Carolinas, a shop tucked away inside the Low Country Stores complex where browsers can find an array of items made in the Carolinas.

    Shop owner Sally Pennington says she’s trying to feature items made exclusively in North or South Carolina.

    “I thought it would be a real challenge to find things, but no,” says Pennington, tending to gift baskets behind the counter of her boutique.

  • Filmmakers are scheduled to be in Sunset Beach this week.

    Susan Silk, marketing coordinator for the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium, said a film company is supposed to be at the planetarium in Sunset Beach this Wednesday, Sept. 28.

    Hallmark Hall of Fame is producing a made-for-TV movie to air via ABC-TV in January, according to Silk.

  • Arts council seeks applications
    Brunswick Arts Council is accepting applications through Oct. 1 for its 11th annual fall exhibition Oct. 17-29 at Franklin Square Gallery.
    A reception is open to the public from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23.
    All Brunswick County residents 18 years and older submitting two-dimensional, three-dimensional and photography or members of Brunswick Arts Council, Oak Island Art Guild, Associated Artists of Southport, Waterway Art Association and Coastal Camera Club, are eligible to enter.

  • At the foot of the Alps, only an hour north of Milan, Italy, rests the alpine, lakeside village of Stresa. This town was one of only a few that created a memorial for all of the victims of Sept. 11. It was built and dedicated on Nov. 11, 2001, exactly 60 days after the events in New York, Washington and Pennsylvania.
    A group of five couples from Sea Trail in Sunset Beach and two more couples, friends from Ohio and Rhode Island, traveling in northern Italy, were invited to attend the ceremony to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks.

  • Church plans fall festival
    Brunswick Island Baptist Church, 1672 Mount Pisgah Road, Supply, will have a fall festival from noon-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 24.
    There will be a dunk tank, a rock wall, inflatables, midway games, free cotton candy and hot dogs. Several bands will perform throughout the afternoon and the youth group will have a fundraising bake sale.

  • One ever said Christianity was an easy course to take. Nor has it been reported one who consistently and continually claims God as master has smoothly sailed through life. Probably the biggest obstacle in the path of all who would seek sanctity is the need to be eternally forgiving. Humanly, we ask for limits.
    Seven...70...70 times seven—let’s count it up and total the cost, sum up the payment due. Then we’ll be able to calculate risks, make decisions, and go on our way.

  • Jack Jezreel, a nationally known speaker and creator and director of JustFaith Ministries, a conversion-based social justice formation program, is coming to St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29. His inspirational presentation, “Love without Exception,” advises that to face the challenges of life, we must enlarge our hearts.