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Today's Features

  • 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.

  • Interested in where the candidates for North Carolina governor stand on the issues?

    Republican and Democratic candidates for governor will square off April 17 at the “2008 North Carolina Governor’s Stand Up and Vote Candidates Forum,” at the Schwartz Center on the campus of Cape Fear Community College, Wilmington.

    The Brunswick Beacon, a media partner for the candidate forum, is seeking questions from readers about what issues affect Brunswick County and its residents.

  • Daisy, an 8-month-old walker hound, peered through the bars of her cage, welcoming the touch and kindness of any human hand that reached out to her.

    “She was turned in by her owner because she doesn’t hunt,” said Richard Cooper, director of Brunswick County Animal Services, as he walked past noisy rows of barking, homeless dogs at the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

    He also told about a mother dog and her litter of 13 puppies that were recently brought to the shelter.

  • He was bred to fight bears, mountain lions and wolves, yet this 135-pound gentle giant is teaching children how to be safe around dogs of all shapes and sizes.

    Tagged as “The Traveling Dog,” Amadeus has been to 42 states, teaching children how to be safe around dogs.

    On Wednesday, April 23, the Ocean Isle Beach dog will visit children at Virginia Williamson Elementary School in Bolivia.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, Monday–Friday 6:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Artwork available for sale. Exhibit is renewed every 60 days. For more information call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999.

    Ongoing through May 10

  • While students are out of school on spring break, don’t forget to appreciate local activities such as the Museum of Coastal Carolina in Ocean Isle Beach and Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Described as a natural history site, the museum offers educational programs for school groups, a monthly lecture series and field trips on the island in the spring, summer and fall.