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Today's Features

  • Ignorance is bliss. I have heard that aphorism ever since I was a child. It provided a safe haven, an excuse, a reason to avoid risk-taking and profound thinking. Other maxims followed in its wake.

    “What you don’t know won’t hurt you.” “Don’t ask...don’t tell.” “If you keep silent, no one will know that you don’t know. If you speak, all doubt will be removed.”

  • Comedian Jon Reep will be the featured headliner in the first “Stand Up For Charity,” a fundraiser sponsored by the Shallotte Junior Women’s Club set for this Saturday, Jan. 3, at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Doors open at 7 p.m., and the show starts at 7:30 p.m.

    Reep, originally from Hickory, is the 2007 winner of NBC’s “Last Comic Standing” and is also known as “the Hemi guy” in the Dodge commercials.

    The show will also feature two opening acts—Brad Reeder and Brooklin Green.

  • For the 12th year, Brunswick Nuclear Plant employees have come together to give back to the community for the holidays through bicycle donations.

    Since its inception, the program has provided more than 1,200 children with bicycles and helmets. The annual bike drive gives employees at the nuclear plant the opportunity to make a difference in the life of a child through donating money and time, and this year’s participation rate has been record-breaking.

  • 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.