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Today's Features

  • Four years ago, life turned upside down for Carolina Shores resident Shirley Tacchetti. She discovered something all women fear—a lump in her breast.

    She recalls discovering the lump one morning as she was getting out of the shower. Tacchetti was new to Brunswick County, having relocated from Maryland in October 2006. She found the lump in February 2007.

  • SUPPLY—Dr. Patrick Maguire, oncologist with South Atlantic Radiation Oncology Center, has spent his life’s work helping others fight cancer. He lost his father to cancer and both of his in-laws.

    During his personal and professional battles with cancer, Maguire discovered a need and sought to fill it. As an oncologist he is frequently asked questions ranging from what is cancer to how could I have prevented this?

  • Cancer can rob women of their energy, appetite and strength. But one program aims to make sure it doesn’t take away their self-confidence.

    Look Good Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, offers a free, non-medical program designed to lift the spirits of women battling cancer. The program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects.

  • Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will present its monthly Coffee with the Authors series from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 3. Local children’s author Marsha Tennant is the scheduled presenter and will be talking about her book “Margaret, Pirate Queen” and the next book in the series.

    Children’s books, in particular, often have a particular event or person serving as inspiration for the writer. “Margaret, Pirate Queen” was motivated by both.

  • Cub Scout Pack 262 of Brunswick Islands Baptist Church raced their Pinewood Derby cars on Feb. 12. After many heated races, the winners were announced by den:

    Tigers: Brayden Parrish, first place; Mason DiBenedetto, second place; Jamie Bartholomew, third place.

    Wolves: Elijah Knowles, first place; Ryan Gould, second place; Todd Robbins, third place.

    Bears: Hunter Long, first place; Patrick Greenaway, second place; Jaxon Goble, third place.

  • Church to have Easter craft show

    St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West (U.S. 17) in Shallotte, will host a spring/Easter craft show to benefit its Loaves and Fishes Food Pantry from noon-6 p.m. Saturday, April 16, and from 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, April 17, in St Brendan’s hall.

  • I was going along swimmingly, a coastal kind of adverb, when the first rumblings of “dis-ease” caught my attention. 

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of April Ginger Varnam and Matthew Keith Owens, both of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Ronald and Jencie Varnam of Varnamtown. She is a 2000 graduate of UNC-Wilmington and 2003 master’s graduate of East Carolina University. The prospective groom is the son of Daniel and Beth Owens of Wake Forest. He is a 1999 graduate of North Carolina State University Turf Management. A fall wedding is planned on Ocean Isle Beach.              

  • Horse and other equine animal owners/lessors will vote across the state on March 15 to determine whether to “continue” to voluntarily assess themselves $2 per ton of commercial horse feed to provide funds to promote the interests of the horse industry. 

  • In 2005, scientists in Israel germinated a date-palm seed that was 2,000 years old and found in the desert near an ancient fortress. There is a lesson to be learned from this: Store seeds in a dry place.

    There are a dozen reasons to save seeds, whether it’s to save money or to preserve a plant variety. Seeds can be collected from the garden or store bought but they must be properly stored. A seed’s worst enemy includes heat, humidity, sunlight and hungry rodents.