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Today's Features

  • It is a wonderful thing for a gardener to find an exotic and interesting plant that is easy to cultivate. Pitcher plants are a rare and unusual carnivorous plant that are easy to incorporate into the garden and are especially amenable to container planting; however, their cultural needs differ from most plants, and it is necessary to understand the lifestyle of pitcher plants so you can give them a proper home in your garden.

  • Economically, these are tough times. People everywhere are hurting from a painful trickle down effect.

    Loss of money at the top of the scale has had its negative effect all the way down to those who had the least from the beginning.

    Charitable, nonprofit organizations are feeling the pinch along with their clientele. Fueled by financial deficits and exacerbating anger, abusers are even more violent.

  • Sydney Ellen Parks of Shallotte and David Michael Powell of Carolina Shores were married Oct. 25 at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses on U.S. 17 South, with Robert H. White officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Tom and Liesl Parks of Shallotte.

    The groom is the son of Jay and Louisa Powell of Wilmington, Del.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Adrienne Yoho Fay of Ocean Isle Beach served as matron of honor.

  • More yuletide events will light up the season in coming days in Brunswick County and the surrounding area. Activities slated in coming days include:

    •“A Holiday Tribute to the Nightmare Before Christmas,” 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, and Friday, Dec. 12, at West Brunswick High School theater and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13, at New Beginnings Community Church, 730 Whiteville Road. Admission is $5 and $3 with two non-perishable food items.

  • Staff report

    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 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.

  • Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

    They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

    Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

    Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

  • Santa can’t be everywhere—that’s where area animal shelters, rescue and support facilities come in.

    They provide food and care for homeless pets until, it is hoped, someone steps in to offer a loving heart and a good, forever home for an adoptable dog or cat, puppy or kitten.

    Now might be a good time to pay one of the facilities a “Santa visit” of your own.

    Most facilities in Brunswick County are filled to capacity and welcome visits from all who may be in search of the perfect canine or feline companion.

  • Day of sharing set for Dec. 13

    New Hope Outreach Ministry will host a day of sharing at Rourk Gardens, behind the Brunswick Chamber of Commerce on Main Street in Shallotte, from noon-2 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    There will be free toys and candy for kids, free gloves and coffee mugs for adults and free food for everyone.

    Indoor yard sale set

    Sweet Water of Life Church, 149 Mulberry St. in Shallotte, will have an inside yard sale beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Christmas performance set at Sharon

  • Harold and Katie Varnum of Holden Beach celebrated 50 years of marriage Dec. 5. Harold is retired from Brunswick Community College, and Katie is retired from Union Elementary School. They have two children, Tina Carlyle and Harold Varnum Jr., seven grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

  • Mixing sour cream with one of those dry onion soup mix envelopes was a staple at parties at our house a decade or so ago. It was a cheap and easy way to make a pretty yummy dip. And, with a bag of nacho chips and a bottle of wine, the dip would make the occasion festive.

    Then one day, I read the label on the onion soup mix envelope. The company suggested mixing their onion soup with ground beef for an onion meat loaf. It really added some zest to it. I decided to ask some friends what they used it in.