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Today's Features

  • Planetarium sets shows for January
    Ingram Planetarium is open on Fridays and Saturdays in January. Enjoy watching an educational and entertaining program on the Sky Theater’s spectacular domed ceiling while you listen to a state-of-the-art surround-sound system. Sky Theater shows begin on the hour. Arrive early, as late arrivals cannot be seated due to safety concerns.
    Sky Theater shows for January: 1 p.m. Seven Wonders; 2 p.m. Two Pieces of Glass; 3 p.m. Oasis in Space; and 4 p.m. Astronaut.

  • Jessica and Matt Garrison of Sunset Beach are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Sarah-Ann, born at 3:03 a.m. Nov. 3 at Brunswick Novant Medical Center, weighing six pounds, seven ounces and measuring 19-1/2-inches in length.
    Maternal grandparents are Jessie and Norma Rhodes of Supply.
    Paternal grandparents are Clara Newell of Sunset Beach and Dale Garrison of Charlotte.
    Great-grandparent is Lou Ellen Burns of Supply.
     

  • Belinda Faye Simmons of Varnamtown and the Rev. Stephen Allen “Sweets” Raleigh of Bolivia were married April 16, 2011, at Faith Community Chapel in Sunset Harbor. The Rev. Robert Lee Simmons, father of the bride, officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of the Rev. Robert and Linda Simmons of Varnamtown and granddaughter of Eva Mae Smith of Ash and the late James Edward Smith, the late Lindsey and Joyce Simmons of Supply and adopted granddaughter of Earlene Atkinson of Supply.
    She was given in marriage by her parents.

  • CALABASH—Lydia’s is a colorful shop offering a little bit of everything.

    That’s the way business partners Lydia McMurray, Alice Rayner and Eileen Pelehaty planned it when they located to the Lowcountry Stores complex here in the Seafood Capital last August.

    They first met at Everything Under the Sun Flea Market in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    “Eileen is still in there,” McMurray said, standing inside her namesake shop last week with Rayner.

  • Author Tom Rieber loves a good mystery, especially when it involves his protagonist, Nick Thomas.

    The Brunswick County writer recently unveiled his second book and latest mystery, “Devil’s Parody,” a thriller centered around Rieber’s main character, Thomas, as he goes face-to-face with a reclusive sociopath in the remote Vermont woods, “where he is conducting a deadly experiment into the gambler’s mind,” according to promotional material about the book.

  • Celebrate the new year
    Be a part of the New Year’s celebration at Sunset Beach Community Church, 1643 Seaside Road in Ocean Isle Beach (just behind Hardee’s) beginning at 7 p.m. Dec. 31.
    Join with other believers as we reflect on the blessings of 2011 and seek God’s will for 2012. Casual attire is acceptable. The Rev. Richard Farrand, pastor, will be officiating this special service. Communion will be shared.

  • It’s that time again. We are on the cusp of a new year. Resolutions hang in the air, ready to be made or ignored, to view as enjoyment or annoyance. One of my siblings recently wrote that she was eager to see the end of 2011 with all its downers, illness, death, accidents, financial worries and more. She anticipated a new start with a new year. It was off with the old and on with the new.

  • By Tom Woods
    Master Gardener
    Would you think that it’s a good deal if a simple project could beautify an area and increase property values? How about improving air quality and stormwater runoff? If it also cooled the neighborhood on hot days and made people happy, would you be interested?

  • By Myra Burgess
    Family Nutrition Program Assistant
    Expanded Foods & Nutrition Program
    County Cooperative Extension

  • Winter can be a drab, blah time in the garden but it certainly doesn’t have to be. In spring and summer, it is easy to find color for any spot in your landscape. There aren’t many plants that bloom this time of year. To add interest during the off-season, focus on interesting textures, colors and shapes.