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Today's Features

  • March usually brings the first sightings of carpenter bees in north Florida. While they do resemble the well-known bumblebee, they differ in appearance and behavior.

    Carpenter bees are large and robust. The upper surface of their abdomen is bare and shiny black. Bumblebees have a hairy abdomen with at least some yellow markings.

  • For Oak Island residents and vacationing birders alike, the island offers a number of good sites for finding and photographing birds.

    Ocean, dune, estuarine, salt marsh and maritime forest habitats host a wide variety of birds—and a mix of species that slowly but continually changes as seasons change—sometimes almost weekly.

    Fall migration and winter offer the most exciting experiences; however, spring and summer offer the return of special breeding birds like painted buntings.

  • Over the last few months, I’ve been trying to cut down on excessive fats and carbohydrates in my diet. I have been rather successful at it, losing almost 30 pounds in the last three months.

    Now this doesn’t mean I’ve stopped making and eating anything that contains excessive fat or carbs. I’ve just learned recipes can be adjusted to be healthier and still taste just as good, and in some cases, even better.

  • Each year laywomen provide a unique worship service in an effort to unite us in prayer and to surface the reality that women across the globe continue to suffer a variety of abuses.

    Without denying the fact men and children are included among the ranks of the deprived, underprivileged and impoverished people, it is specifically women who help us to understand challenges particular to their world. They are the ones who give voice to the universal cry of the poor and vulnerable ones who often are too proud or fearful to speak for themselves.

  • Strawberry festival planned

    Calabash Presbyterian Church will host a Strawberry Festival from 3-9 p.m. Saturday, April 26, at the church.

    Admission is $5.

    For more information, call the church at 579-7356.

    Temple Emanu-El hosts Passover Seder

    Temple Emanu-El will have its annual Passover Seder (second night) at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, April 20, in the Rosen Center, 65th Ave. North and Kings Highway in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Kyle and Tonya Ohlund of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Lilah Moore Ohlund, born at 1:31 p.m. April 1 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 6 pounds, 14 ounces, and measured 18.5 inches long.

    She joins a sister, Makalei Ohlund, 8.

    Maternal grandparents are Art Maclure of Windham, Conn., and Robin and Larry Landrie of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Bonnie and Eric Ohlund of Coventry, Conn.

    Great-grandparents are Wanda Fiano of Bolton, Conn., and Julia Gove of Hermon, Maine.

    Great-great-grandmother is Iola Beuchene of Pike, N.H.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Amanda Hope Elvis of Nakina and Jerry Dale Soles of Tabor City. The bride-elect is the daughter of Verlin L. Elvis of Longs, S.C., and JoAnne and Barry Stocks of Nakina. The prospective groom is the son of the late Tilmon and Vickie Soles of Tabor City. A June 8 wedding is planned at Holden Beach.

  • Ashlie Babson and Ronald P. Hockett Jr. were married Saturday, April 4, on Ocean Isle Beach.

    The couple’s daughters, Lauren Frink, Katie Hockett and Bailey Lewis, served as attendants.

    The bride wore a mid-calf, silk dress with a lavender, green and coral tropical print.

    The groom wore a light tan silk pant with a mint green silk shirt.

    Attendants wore white sun dresses and rainbow flip-flops and carried bouquets of lavender roses, coral lillies, greenery and baby’s breath.

  • SUNSET HARBOR—A single mother with five children will be the owner of a new home thanks to the generosity of Brunswick Community Hospital employees.

    Chowan Simmons and her children joined with hospital employees and Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity officials last week to break ground on a new 1,300-square-foot house in the Pelican Point subdivision.

    The house is one of three Novant Health employees across the state are building to celebrate the company’s 10-year anniversary.

  • SUPPLY—Driving her father to a doctor’s appointment Monday afternoon, Nancy Nixon was surprised when she saw someone putting a chain across the dirt road she lives on, preventing her from driving onto U.S. 17.

    Immediately, she got out and asked the man who he was and what he was doing. He said told her he was working for the owner of the property, Estelle Varnam.

    Nixon said her family had already called the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office when they saw posts had been erected on each side of the dirt path. They called again Monday.