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Today's Features

  • Deborah Lynn Hotop and Wesley Ryan Hyduke of Egan, Minn., were married April 4 at Seaside United Methodist Church, with Deacon Bob McGahran of St. Brendan Catholic Church officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Diana and William Hotop of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Susan and Andrew Hyduke of Bethlehem, Pa.

    Sarah Hotop served as maid of honor. Bridesmaids were Martha Hotop and Kylene Hyduke.

    Scott Mackaro served as best man. Groomsmen were Shane Krabenbauer and Scott Hotop.

    A reception followed the ceremony at Brunswick Plantation.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lenora Kay McNabb and William. F. ‘Bill‘ Flynn Jr. of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Kay D. Pleasants of Supply.She is originally from Charlotte. The prospective groom is the son of Jacqueline Flynn of Philadelphia and is originally from Philadelphia. The two decided to make their home in Brunswick County because they fell in love with the area, the people and their church. An Oct. 17 wedding is set at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Martha Norwood of Marshville and Danny Norwood of Sunset Beach announce the engagement of their daughter, Stephanie Kathleen Norwood, to Daniel Ray Mills. The bride-elect graduated from Forest Hills High School in Marshville in 2004 and from Appalachian State University in Boone in 2008. She is employed by Wilkes County Public Schools and Appalachian State University Athletics. The prospective groom is the son of Tami and David Mills of Marshville. He is a 2003 graduate of Forest Hills High School and attended Western Carolina University in Cullowhee.

  • Just when we thought everything was copasetic and we could just roll along with life, we experienced a number of surprising glitches in our usually tranquil routine. Little did we know that life was happening before our very eyes.

    Life was happening while we were making other plans, usual plans, ordinary plans. It all began with the return of the raccoons.

  • Members of the Shallotte High School class of 1957 as well as one of their former teachers, Lillian Hewett, gathered last week at Jerome’s in Shallotte for lunch and reminiscing. The 25 classmates, who had their 50th reunion at Jerome’s in 2007, decided they didn’t want to wait five or 10 years for the next reunion. According to the class officers, who organized the event, 66 students graduated in 1957, and 21 of them are now deceased.

  • Work by artist Gary Halberstadt, president of the Brunswick Arts Council, is being featured at Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash through May 30.

    The exhibit features landscapes of local waterway scenes as well as paintings inspired by Halberstadt’s travels through Europe.

    The Brooklyn, N.Y., native taught himself to paint while in the Army and painted intermittently before moving to Brunswick County. A minor accident in 2005 curtailed most of his activities but laid the groundwork for his artistic resurgence.

  • Seaside United Methodist Church Preschool students participated in a Bike Rodeo last Wednesday, during which the N.C. Highway Patrol instructed the youngsters on proper bicycle safety.

     

  • Have you ever seen a bear with a long tail? You have if you look at the Big Dipper in the sky.

    The stars that make up the Big Dipper include three stars for a handle and four stars for the bowl. These seven stars were known by most civilizations as the Great Bear, or you could say momma bear.

  • Beautiful weather and beautiful gardens brought out more than 400 visitors to The Mad Hatter’s Garden Tour and Tea Party at Winding River Plantation on Saturday, April 25.

    The event, co-sponsored by the Coastal Garden Club and the Winding River Garden Club, featured 13 Winding River gardens, providing members and visitors with a chance to see how homeowners met gardening site challenges.

  • Have you ever brought home a cut of meat and wondered, “How am I going to cook this?” The occasion arose a few weeks ago when my sister-in-law was visiting and she and my wife went grocery shopping. They came home with, among other things, a beef eye of round and asked me if I could make it that evening for supper. Not wanting to let them know I had no idea what to do with it, I assured them it would be no problem.