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Today's Features

  • He was a real-life character who lived on his own in the marshland of Fort Fisher.

    Robert Harrill finished out the last 17 years of his life as the renowned “Fort Fisher Hermit,” residing in an abandoned World War II bunker, subsisting on the yields of the salt marsh, oyster beds and a vegetable garden, and mingling with visitors stopping by to sign his guest book.

  • Renowned bluegrass band Balsam Range will headline a benefit concert for Friends of Fort Fisher at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Balsam Range consists of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County in western North Carolina.

    For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county, where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

  • Sunday afternoon strollers will be taking part in the Shallotte/ South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk this coming Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Following 2 p.m. registration at Calvary Baptist Church at 623 Village Road in Shallotte, the 3.2-mile fundraising walk will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

    The goal for 2014 is to have 180 walkers and to raise $14,000 or $78 per participant.

    Last year, there were 164 walkers and $13,803 was raised ($84.16 per participant).

  •  I have noted and admired the practice, especially in the South, of folks beginning their day by reading and praying their devotionals. It may be equally true elsewhere, but my experience was heightened by what I saw and heard here. For that matter, what I continue to see and hear when I am with “church people” from all walks of life.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    For the past month, I’ve been teaching a Heart Healthy cooking class at the training center at N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in Bolivia. I’ve tried to share with class members that healthier foods don’t have to be boring and many of our favorite foods can be prepared in a more healthful manner.

  •  My first introduction to a Halloween dinner “not just for the kids” was years ago at the home of a good friend of mine from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He graciously allowed me and my wife to be a part of this tradition with his kids and family.

    “It’s not really about the food,” he said. “It’s more about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”

  •  By John Nelson

    In the case you ever visit central South Carolina, you will want to check out our Congaree National Park, one of the most breathtaking places in the world. It boasts an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds. Some of its acreage is dominated by tracts of land never before timbered, and thus, some of eastern North America’s tallest forests are here. I’d like to show you an example.

  •  Allen and Jessica Todd of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, John Allen Todd, born at 1:12 p.m. Oct. 13 at Novant Health  Brunswick Medical Center, and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21 ½ inches in length. He joins a sister, Madilyn, 3. Maternal grandparents are Thea Barefoot and the late Wayne Edwards. Paternal grandparents are William and Wanda Todd.

  •  Leanna Edwards of Supply is the proud parent of a son, Bentley Jace Jenkins, born at 11:11 p.m. Oct. 3 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, weighing 5 pounds and 13 ounces and measuring 18 inches in length. He joins brothers Justin, 8, Junior, 5, and sister Meleah, 1. Maternal grandparents are Thea Barefoot and the late Wayne Edwards.

  •  Matthew and Danielle Graves of Supply are the proud parents of a daughter, Chelsea Denise Graves, born at 7:19 p.m. Sept. 27 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. She joins a sister, Reese Danielle Graves, 17 months. Maternal grandparent is Dee Boyd of Supply and paternal grandparents are Van and Judy Graves of Fritch, Texas. Great-grandparents are Joyce Sims of Supply and Fae Graves of Amarillo, Texas.