Today's Features

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Allison Hardee of Shallotte and Randy Richardson of Bolivia. The bride-elect is the daughter of Grace Stone of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Ronald Hardee of McColl, S.C., and the granddaughter of the late Julia Edwards of Laurinburg and the late Hyman and Nevada Hardee of McColl. The prospective groom is the son of Pat Lynch of Maryland and Liston Richardson of Bolivia. A Jan. 31 wedding is planned.

  • Walt and Mary Ann Sellers of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a son, Samuel Vincent Sellers, born at 7:01 p.m., Jan. 3, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Doreen Pragel of Calabash and the late Vincent Pragel.

    Paternal grandparents are Gene and Emily Sellers of Supply.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Peterson of Shallotte announce the engagement of their granddaughter, Jennifer K. Polomis, daughter of the late Michelle J. Polomis, to Kristopher Scott-William Mackey, son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mackey of Concord, Ohio. The bride-elect is employed as a registered nurse at Cleveland Clinic is Cleveland, Ohio. Her fiance is vice-president of Monode Marking Products of Cleveland. A June wedding is planned.

  • CALABASH—Sunset River Marketplace, an art gallery in Calabash, is featuring “Art Glass: Summerfield & Friends” through Feb. 6.

    The group showing of contemporary art glass consists of new works by Scott Summerfield, Kakie Willcox Honig and Fyreglas Studio (husband and wife team, J.J. Brown and Simona Rosasco).

  • When I read other cooking columns, and I read quite a few, I have always enjoyed the ones that included some food history and food trivia. If you are a regular reader of this column, I hope you’ve enjoyed reading the obscure facts and trivia associated with that week’s highlighted food ingredient.

  • Some folks who move to southeastern North Carolina in the middle of summer may wonder if the heat and humidity will ever end, but one of the paybacks for surviving the summer heat is our mild winter. With the right garden plan, we can have something flowering almost every day of the year.

    So what’s blooming in the winter garden now?

  • Bluebirds are flying over the area in search of accommodations. It’s a little early, but like some other smart animals, it’s time to plan ahead.

    Bluebirds are particular in their nesting habits. Don Adams of Southport has provided the following information on how to attract these beautiful little birds to your garden:

    Cavity nesting bluebirds are in need of man-made nest boxes. The change from wood fence posts with cavities to steel posts and the cutting of hollow trees for firewood has reduced the natural nest sites.

  • The year 2008 could not depart without leaving an imprint on the Pelletier household. Thanksgiving was celebrated with a mysterious illness that struck the lord of the manor and kept us running from doctor to doctor with hospital outpatient calls in between. There were weeks of “ruling out” before anything could be ruled in. At this writing, healing has begun but no specific cause identified.

  • Johnny Cash is gone, but on Thursday, Jan. 22, you can relive the music and spirit of the “Man In Black” when Rockabilly Hall of Famer Rusty Evans performs his “Ring of Fire” tribute at Brunswick Community College.

    With a voice like rolling thunder and a spirit of gentle rain, Evans has been wowing audiences from Nashville to San Francisco with his tribute to the Man In Black.

  • Mr. and Mrs. Gerard Walker of Supply announce the engagement of their daughter, Natasha Ann Walker, to Daniel Brooks Kittrell II, son of Selena Kittrell of Asheville and the late Daniel Brooks Kittrell. A fall wedding is being planned.