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Today's Features

  • By Kathryn Jacewicz

    Staff writer

    A beloved wife, mother, daughter and sister all describe Stephanie Bessmer, but those who knew her will remember her for much more.

    Bessmer, 48, died Sept. 9 as a result of a weather-related wreck in Johnston County. She was on I-40 when her car hydroplaned during a rainstorm.

  • VARNAMTOWN—Twenty years ago, this Brunswick County fishing village elected to become a town.

    On Sept. 20, 1988, 177 of Varnamtown’s 181 registered voters turned out to vote, with 102 voting “yay” over the 75 who said “nay.”

    According to a front-page story that ran in The Brunswick Beacon, incorporation committee member Marion Davis was certain of “at least several” instances in the tight-knit community in which brothers were on opposite sides of the issue.

  • Worldly cuisine prepared by local chefs will be available for sampling during A Taste of Brunswick County at this year’s Seventh Annual Benefit Gala for Children. The gala will be from 6-10 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 16, at Sea Trail Golf Resort and Convention Center in Sunset Beach.

    Eighteen local restaurants and caterers will make their specialty dishes and have plenty to share at the gala, which benefits Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS).

  • Chard is a type of beet, which along with spinach, is a plant in the goosefoot family; so named because some of the plants in this category have leaves shaped like their namesake.

    Unlike traditional beets, chard roots are inedible. Chard is prized for its large leaves and crunchy stalks. The two main types found in most supermarkets are red chard and green.

    The red has red stems and dark green leaves with red veins. The green has lighter green leaves with white stalks. The red variety has a stronger flavor.

  • Our trek to the audiologist became an interesting venture. It revealed the tip of a huge iceberg called: “Can you hear me now?” Actually, “Are you listening, pretending or truly unable to understand my words?”

    Obviously, there had been an ongoing discussion as I tried to ferret out the truth behind the questions and their accompanying responses, or lack thereof.

  • Choir festival practices begin

    Plans for the 2008 Brunswick Ecumenical Choir Festival are in place. The concert will be Nov. 2 at Calabash Presbyterian Church.

    Practices are scheduled from 6-8 p.m. every Sunday evening beginning Sept. 14 at St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church, 4941 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Practices were earlier incorrectly reported as being on Wednesdays.

    Many churches in Brunswick County support this program, but individuals from any location or county are invited to participate.

    For more information, call Jane Keefer at 575-4196.

  • Jarad and Lindi Ivey of Supply are the parents of a daughter, Sarah Marie Ivey, born at 11:36 p.m., July 15, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 18 inches long.

    She joins a brother, Jonathan, 3.

    Maternal grandparents are L.C. and Sandy Fulford of Supply. Paternal grandparents are Robert and Leisha Ivey of Supply.

    Great-grandparents are Novie Galloway and Bobbie Galloway, both of Supply.

  • David and Rebecca Todd of Ash are the parents of a son, Gracin William Todd, born at 10:13 a.m., Aug. 15, at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Dawson, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Pat Little of Ash. Paternal grandparents are William and Pearl Todd of Longwood.

    Great-grandparents are Brady and Jackie Little of Ash and Thelma Todd of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Christy Jackson and Michael Smith, both of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of Glenn and Amanda Jackson and Marie Jackson, all of Knightdale. The prospective groom is the son of Patty Smith and the late Ron Smith of Rosman. A Nov. 15 wedding is planned in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

  • Janet and Allen Neff of Ocean Isle Beach were married Sept. 13, 1958, in Palmerton, Pa. They celebrated their 50th anniversary recently by taking an Alaskan cruise. They have two children and two grandchildren.