Today's Features

  •  The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.

  • HOLDEN BEACH—Three sisters in their 90s recently enjoyed the reunion of a lifetime.

    Oldest sister Wanna McAnally, 97, middle sister Delle Martin, 94, and baby sister Frances Robinson, 91, recently converged for a visit at Robinson’s oceanfront vacation house, “Turtle Trail.”

    They said it was the first time in a long time just the three of them had had a chance to spend a few days together.

    Year-round, Robinson lives in Jamestown, McAnally lives in High Point and Martin lives in Eden.

  • What has contributed to Geneva Grissett’s long life of 100 years? 

    An active faith in God, a loving family, and a healthy lifestyle with good food and plenty of exercise in the form of hard work.  

    She was a great cook; just ask her family, her church family and the people who worked on her farm. She could also sew anything, from dresses to quilts. She gardened and raised chickens for meat and eggs, and she even built the stools people sat on around the dinner table.


    SUNSET BEACH—They say every setback makes you stronger, right?

    Those are words from Sigmund Johnson, a musician with the 82nd Airborne Division Band before its performance at the Sunset at Sunset festival Oct. 2.

    He and the other band members have surely had their share of setbacks lately, beginning three months ago with a warehouse fire at Fort Bragg that wiped out their uniforms, instruments and sheet music.

  • Paws-Ability’s third annual Wag Shag is set for 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 24, at Sea Trail Convention Center.

    Paws-Ability founder Janie Withers is promising it will be bigger and better than ever.

    In fact, she says, it is the largest social event for canines and their humans in the state.

    Wag Shag “has grown to be quite the social event for dogs to see and be seen this year,” Withers says, adding it allows attendees—both canine and human—to come decked out in their Halloween finery.

  • Blessing of the animals set

    Camp United Methodist Church, 4807 Main St. in Shallotte, will offer a service for the blessing of animals at 5 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3.

    This ceremony commemorates St. Francis of Assisi, the patron saint of animals and the environment, who was born on Oct. 4. He was known for showing compassion toward all living things.

  • Whenever I read the prophet Amos, especially in company with the story of the rich man and Lazarus told in the gospel according to Luke, I am overwhelmed with emotion. Sadness competes with guilt; denial with disgust. It is all too clear to me I am the rich one who is being referenced. My dress may not be splendid nor colored purple, but I want for nothing. Some, especially my husband, would say that my meals are not visual feasts; however they are both filling and abundant. 

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Allison Rae Benton of Shallotte and Daniel Lawrence Leder of Little River, S.C. The bride-elect is the daughter of Gerald W. Benton of Ash and the late Ellen K. Benton. The prospective groom is the son of Mary Ann Allgood and Paul M. Leder of Whiteville. A March 13, 2011, wedding is planned at West Martello Tower in Key West, Fla.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Belinda Faye Simmons of Supply and the Rev. Stephen Allen ‘Sweets’ Raleigh of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Robert and Linda Simmons of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Jack Raleigh of Winnabow and the late Joyce Ann Maggard. An April 16, 2011, wedding is planned at Faith Community Chapel in Sunset Harbor.

  • Teresa Raye Zuber and Joshua Lewis Soderberg, both of Silver Spring, Md., were married on Aug. 25, the mother of the bride’s birthday, during an underwater ceremony at the Christ of the Abyss Statue in Key Largo, Fla. Rings were exchanged aboard the Amoray Diver Catamaran. Amy Slate officiated.

    The bride is the daughter of Ellen and Ray Zuber of Calabash. The groom is the son of Joanne Geer and Bill Kilmer of San Antonio, Texas.

    The bride was given in marriage by her father.