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Today's Features

  • I have just enjoyed the pleasure—and fatigue—of being “Nanny Granny” to a teenaged granddaughter, a 10 year-old grandson and their old English bulldog, Lily.

    I hoped our time together would be a unique bonding experience since I am the “far away” grandmother who only gets glimpses of their lives. As it turned out, this was truly an immersion in the daily adventures and times of today’s youth, and I gained great knowledge and insights in the process.

  • Christian music concert set for July 5

    "Praise God!" is the theme and plan for at least one event for the official North Carolina 4th of July Festival in Southport on Saturday, July 5.

    Nash Street will be closed from Howe Street to City Hall for a youth-led concert beginning at 7 p.m. featuring The Aaron Wagner Band from Dallas, Texas, and Brunswick County’s own Wendy Jones. These two gospel artists will lead an evening of music with a positive message for all ages.

    There is no charge to attend this event. A love offering will be taken.

  • Seth and Polly Whitesides of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Jaxon Cole Whitesides, born at 12:53 p.m. May 30 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 6 pounds, 15 ounces and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a brother, Brady, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Bill and Judy Hickman of Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Lorraine Hoffmann and Thomas Lynch Jr. were married Saturday, June 14, at the Little River, S.C., home of the groom’s sister, Loretta Dingee.

    The Rev. Jean Pelletier and his wife Fran officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Dorothy Hoffmann of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Albert A. Hoffmann.

    The groom is the son of Thomas Lynch Sr. of Calabash and the late Ellen Lynch.

    The bride’s mother served as matron of honor, and the groom’s father served as best man.

  • Jennifer McLean of Wilmington and Christopher Bloech of Isle of Palms, S.C., were married June 7 in a ceremony overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway.

    The Rev. Eugene Wells, the bride’s uncle, performed the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ron and Catherine McLean of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Ken and Susan Bloech of Kennesaw, Ga.

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

    Melissa Hegarty served as matron of honor.

    Ringbearer was Christopher McLean, the bride’s nephew.

  • Sarah Amanda Parker of Supply and Josh Eugene Cox of Ash were married June 13 at Wachesaw Plantation in Murrells Inlet, S.C.

    Pastor Joel Fanti officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Ricky Parker and Linda Parker of Supply.

    The groom is the son of Pam and Tom Anello of Ash.

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

    The bride wore a white, mock-two-piece gown with a portrait neckline and a corset bodice made of white taffetta with a tufted skirt embellished with flowers and organza layers.

  • Adam Bradshaw is not a number. Though he was the second of three murder victims this year in Brunswick County, his widow Shannon says he was more than a number, more than a statistic, more than a newspaper headline, more than a victim of a senseless, violent murder.

    Adam was a father who loved his son and a husband who loved her, Shannon recalled on a recent summer afternoon at her Brierwood home.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—As gas prices rise, two local entrepreneurs have been welcoming heavier traffic at their new business.

    Doug Tilley and David Mercer, co-owners of D&D Scooters, say business has been brisk at their new scooter sale and rental business on Beach Drive.

    “We’ve had a lot of traffic in here,” Tilley said last week as the two waited for customers at the lot where several two-wheeler mopeds in bright primary hues of red, blue and yellow stood facing traffic moving along Beach Drive at the corner of Spruce Street near Sands Plaza.

  • Back in the good ol’ days, the only thing you had to do to pay for a tank of gas was reach into your wallet.

    With fuel averaging $4 a gallon and prices increasing in food and just about any other product imaginable, it’s no surprise people are reaching far beyond their wallets to make ends meet.

    Pawnshops around the area have seen an increased flow of traffic in the past few months, people from all walks of life needing to make a few bucks.

  • Putting food on the table is one thing no family should have to worry about, even in the most difficult times.

    That’s one reason Angel Food Ministries has been popular for many families in Brunswick County since the Brunswick Baptist Association signed on as a host site for the nonprofit agency two years ago.