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Today's Features

  • What began as a senior project for West Brunswick High School seniors Ainsley Wood and Meredith Cox turned into a life-changing experience for an autistic 9-year-old boy and his family.

    Wood and Cox each began their projects with a different subject area of research—Wood focused on autism and Cox on the therapeutic benefits of horseback riding.

    “I thought it’d be interesting to know about [autism],” Wood said.

  • Al and Kathy Ward of Sunset Beach recently spent a weekend touring New York City as winners of the Big Apple Holiday Getaway presented by ATMC.

    The couple’s entry was submitted to www.atmconline.com, and they were selected via random drawing to win the four-day, three night trip, including accommodations at the Four Diamond Muse Hotel in New York’s famed theater district, airfare, tickets to NBC Studio Tour, dinner at the Rainbow Room and tickets to the dress rehearsal of the Dec. 6 episode of Saturday Night Live.

  • Pete and Augusta K. Singletary of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 25. They were married in 1958 at Sharon United Methodist Church in Supply. They now have two daughters, Opal S. Hayes and Rita S. Elliott, and four granddaughters, all in Supply.

  • Heather Huff and Shawn Earney of Leland are the parents of a daughter, Reagan Leanne Earney, born at 5:43 a.m. Nov. 20 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann and Walter Huff of Loris, S.C.

    Paternal grandparents are Leanne and Rocky Earney of Supply.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—Bill Woods is naturally bearded and jovial.

    Small surprise, then, that the affable, retired FDNY lieutenant has been playing Santa Claus for the past quarter-century.

    This Christmas, the retired Carolina Shores resident and his wife, Carol, planned to hitch up their sleigh and journey to their native New York, where Woods was to visit with children at firehouses where the couple’s two sons now serve.

  • Christmas Eve and Christmas Day services are scheduled throughout Brunswick County and the surrounding area this week.

    •Candlelight Christmas service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Bethel United Methodist Church, 3909 U.S. 17 Business, Bolivia. Come dressed as you are. Brief Christmas service to include singing Christmas carols, a message and communion. For more information, call the Rev. Mark Murphy at 617-3245.

    •Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m. Dec. 24, Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW (N.C. 904), Sunset Beach. 579-5753.

  • Cabell Layne Mauck and Andrew Nelson Bailey were married Dec. 13 at First Presbyterian Church in Richmond, Va.

    The Rev. Mary Kay Collins officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Newbill Mauck III of Richmond.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her parents.

    The groom is the son of Laurie Anne Nelson of Ocean Isle Beach and George William Bailey Jr. of Charlottesville, Va.

    Caroline Neville Grumbine of Boston, the bride’s cousin, served as maid of honor.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Veronica Maresca of Ash and Tim Madison of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ann Maresca of Sunset Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Evelyn Madison of Shallotte and John Madison of Shallotte Point. A Feb. 21, 2009, wedding is planned in Charleston, S.C. After a honeymoon in the Caribbean, the couple will reside in Ash.

  • Joyce Ann Bolig, formerly of Lionville, Pa., now a 14-year resident of Carolina Shores, recently celebrated her 80th birthday at the Calabash VFW with her many friends and family. The guests were entertained by Peggy Lenard & Her Bag Pipes. Everyone enjoyed the Buffet catered by the Calabash Deli. Bolig is active in her church, sings in the choir and is a member of the Red Hats. She keeps busy working part time at Toby's Old World Gift Shoppe in Little River, S.C.

  • It’s that time of year when you are most likely to be hosting a party with friends or family.

    Make that gathering a little more festive and special by extending the holiday spirit to the drinks and refreshments you offer your guests.

    Here is what you need to prepare some of the more popular traditional holiday cheer and a few more.

    Wassail Bowl

    Drinking Wassail is an age-old winter custom. It is drunk at Christmastime, New Year’s and the 12th Night.