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Today's Features

  • This year’s Island Home Tour will be followed by the Island Good Time party at the Museum of Coastal Carolina on Saturday, Dec. 4.

    From 2-5 p.m., walk through the homes of Linda and Joe Grooms, Robert and Rosemary Pulliam, Ron and Debbie Sinclair, the Lewallen Family, Ricky and Debbie Gilchrist and the Ward Family. Each of the homes has unique features. After the tour, enjoy a party with drinks and heavy hors d’ouevres.

  • Church plans Christmas cantata

    The Calvary Baptist Church’s adult choir, under the direction of Kelly Page, will present its Christmas cantata, “The First Noel: A King is Born,” at 10:45 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 12.

    At 6 p.m. the children and youth will continue the Christmas celebration with music and drama, followed by a repeat performance of the Christmas Cantata by the adult choir. 

    Refreshments will be served following the evening performance.

    Camp UMC to  have cantata

  • It’s true. I love hearing a good story. I love to tell a good story. If exaggeration will assist in the hearing and telling, I’ll use it; however, this is more than narrating a saga to regale an audience. It’s more than my causing amusement, laughter and distraction from our daily doings. It’s more than adding spice to a mundane routine. This is the stuff of life that causes one to stop, really stop and smell the roses in our everyday bouquet of life.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tiffany Nicole Brown of Supply and Austin Gene Johnson of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of James and Janet Brown of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Deanna Johnson of Shallotte. An April 30 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Alicia R. Smith of Supply and Joseph Helms of Shallotte were married Nov. 20 at Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Earl Hewett officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Elray Smith of Shallotte and Vicky Ward of Whiteville.

    The groom is the son of Everette Helms of Boiling Springs and Billie and Billy Hewett of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by Chelsey Tharp, daughter of the bride.

    Chelsey Tharp, daughter of the bride, also served as maid of honor.

    Best man was Brandon Helms, brother of the groom.

  • Alexandra Linn Morrison and Matthew Ernest Smith, both of Raleigh, were married Oct. 23 at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    The Rev. David Rowan, the bride’s uncle, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Linda Morrison of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Alan Lee Morrison.

    The groom is the son of Kenneth and Lori Smith of Fremont.

    The bride was given in marriage by her mother. She wore a J. Crew chiffon and organza dune gown.

  • The Farm at Brunswick’s annual holiday craft fair will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Farm’s community center, off the entrance to the Farm on U.S. 17. There will be signage out to guide attendees. 

    Artists and crafters who live at the Farm will display and sell wares. The fair will feature offerings such as oil and watercolor paintings, photos, sewing items, jewelry, decorative wreaths for the holidays, purses, candles and handmade walking sticks.

    Free refreshments will be available for all visitors.

  • NCSU Cooperative Extension will present “I’m Dreaming of a Light Holiday” from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the training center, NCSU Cooperative Extension, Building N), at the Government Complex in Bolivia.

    A study suggests most folks gain weight between Halloween and New Year’s and this free lunchtime class will look at healthy eating strategies for this holiday season. The goal is to weigh the same on Jan. 2 as you do now. That way you aren’t losing ground.

  • Susan Brown
    Horticulture Agent

    Most of our coastal trees are showing their fall color. Those not showing color yet will either turn fast or show no color change at all. 

    When a homeowner purchases a tree, interest is in the mature size, what the light requirements are for that particular plant and when and how long they will bloom. Often times the fall color of a tree can be overlooked. Some trees can provide a homeowner color in spring and again in fall.

  • Ask most folks about a plant at Christmas and they’ll mention poinsettias or Christmas trees. Both of those are traditional parts of our holiday celebrations, but neither usually sticks around much past early January. 

    If you want a great Christmas plant that will do great year after year, consider what is now called a “holiday cactus.” These natives of the tropical rainforests of Central and South America boast colorful blossoms in shades of pink, red and white at the tips of each arching stem.