Today's News

  • Feeling better about short winters: Hanging out with winter-blooming plants

    We’ve just emerged from a stint of colder-than-normal temperatures that we’ve been sharing with most of the country. I don’t know about you, but I could use a little mid-winter pick-me-up, a reminder that our short and relatively mild winter will be giving way to spring shortly.

    Luckily, all I have to do is go and hang out in the backyard to find winter-blooming plants like hybrid mahonia and edgeworthia.

  • Camellias raise their noses for the winter season

    As many plants wind down for the year, camellias come in to their own. The glossy, deep green Southern aristocrats brighten the cool season with perfect blooms. We mainly grow two camellia species here: camellia sasanqua, a fall bloomer, and camellia japonica, the “common” camellia that flowers in late fall to spring, depending on the variety.

  • Suggs-Ward

    Ashley Elaine Suggs of Calabash and Justin Darrell Ward of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 24 at Lighthouse Mission Church in Calabash.

    The Rev. Larry Ward officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of David and Susan Suggs of Calabash. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Vicki Cayton of Castle Hayne and the late Darrell Ward.

    Mateus Buchanan of Calabash served as matron of honor.

    Flower girl was Mackenzie Buchanan.

    David Suggs, the bride’s father, served as best man.

  • Seeing is believing, and believing is seeing

    When I stumbled upon a transliteration of the beatitudes by Dr. Neil Douglas-Klotz, an Aramaic scholar, in his “Prayers of the Cosmos,” I was struck with awe.

  • Trojan wrestling team finishes 4-1 in Ashley duals

    The West Brunswick wrestling team finished 4-1 in the Ashley duals Jan. 16.

    In the 45-33 victory against Dixon, West had eight victories.

    Jimmy Hegedus (112), James Hall (125), Dillon Aubrey (130), Seth Strickland (189), Dylan Bowman (215) and James Johnson (285) won by fall.

    Ronnie Dellinger (103) and Cajuan Marlow (145) won by forfeit.

    In the 48-28 victory over Laney, West had eight victories. Hegedus, William Edwards (152), Bryan Murdaugh (160), Bowman and Johnson won by fall.

  • South wrestlers sweep Ashley duals

    South Brunswick won all five of its duals in winning the Ashley wrestling duals Saturday.

    The Cougars (19-5) opened the tourney by beating White Oak 51-25. South then beat New Hanover 61-8 and Dixon 50-18 to reach the quarterfinals.

    South beat Academy Park, of Pennsylvania, 54-21 and Avon Grove, of Pennsylvania, 50-21 to win the tournament.

    In the title match, the Cougars won four of 10 matches by fall.

  • Sea Trail residents collaborate on children's book

    SUNSET BEACH—When her grandchildren were small, Anne Giordano used to make up stories to tell them.

    The retired educator’s gift for fictitious license recently re-emerged in the form of a new children’s book, “Spencer, the Magic Rabbit.”

    It’s a freshly published collaboration between Giordano and fellow Sea Trail resident and illustrator Marie Munn.

    Noting it’s her first book, Giordano said “Spencer” is the print rendition of a story she used to tell her granddaughter, Kellie.

  • Future sewer costs still a concern in Calabash

    CALABASH—The town still needs to come to the aid of its citizens to help offset future sewer expenses, a resident told town commissioners at a recent meeting.

    “I feel some responsibility is here to provide some kind of help for citizens, whether budgeting some tax money or whatever,” said Calabash Acres resident Mack Sanders, speaking at commissioners’ Jan. 12 meeting.

    “I think the money should come from the town to help pay for this,” Sanders said.

  • Golf-course open zone consideration postponed by Sunset Beach Town Council

    SUNSET BEACH—Town council has deferred consideration of a golf-course open-space zone, which is still being addressed by the town staff and planning board.

    “That’s something that’s still being worked on,” Sunset Beach Town Administrator Gary Parker said at council’s Jan. 11 workshop.

  • Indoor recreation awaits at Planet Fun

    Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is a newly opened venue for fun-seekers of all ages.

    Highlights in the 50,000-square-foot entertainment center, beside Lowe’s Home Improvement, include the 32-lane constellation bowling alley, four lanes of mini bowling, a two-story laser tag arena, nine-hole black-light miniature golf, a soft indoor playground, arcade, party rooms, concession stand, pro shop and a restaurant, the Starz Grille.