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Today's News

  • Evening of Miniature Masterpieces fundraiser is Saturday

     Intricate work by local artists is the focal point of Evening of Miniature Masterpieces.

    The Brunswick Arts Council’s largest, fifth annual fundraiser will take place 6:30-10 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 22, at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery, 10283 Beach Drive in Calabash.

    Tickets to the black-tie-optional event are $100, which admits two.

  • From foster parent to mother of 10: One woman’s story

    Editor’s note: This is the second installment in a series of stories about foster parenting and adoption in Brunswick County.

    OAK ISLAND—Karen Derr’s life is all about children.

    From kindergartners to high school seniors, there’s barely a moment when she’s not either surrounded by kids or planning something for kids in the community.

  • Phillips aims to curb spending, maintain county for years to come

    In a profession where most politicians campaign to promise change and lower taxes, Scott Phillips ran for county commissioner for a different reason—his children.

    Phillips was elected Brunswick County Commissioner on Nov. 4, his first elected position, when he defeated incumbent Tom Rabon 25,036 votes to 22,225 votes.

    The decision to run for county commissioner was a difficult one, he said, but he ultimately decided to run for his children and their future.

    Phillips and his wife Shannon have two sons, ages 7 and 9, and a 2½-year-old daughter.

  • Administration building dedicated in memory, honor of former county commissioner

    BOLIVIA—The $6.6 million, 34,000-square-foot county administration building may be the new digs for the county’s administrative, finance and legal staff, but for the people of Brunswick County, it’s theirs.

    While 77 staff members call it home, the David R. Sandifer Administration Building on Monday was dedicated in the late county commissioner’s honor for the people of Brunswick County, just as Sandifer would have wanted it.

  • Woman wants to comfort homeless with new socks

    SUPPLY—Theresa Tese had been praying for guidance, asking for something she could do to help others when inspiration struck.

    Ensconced in her Long Island living room a couple of winters ago, Tese looked down at her cozy new Christmas slippers and began to think about people whose feet might not be as warm that night.

    “It just was in my heart, that the homeless really need this,” she said. “They go through their socks, they wear them out, in one week. It’s always a renewable need.”

  • Town considers next steps in vision plan: revising height limits, other rules

    SHALLOTTE—Members of the planning board will discuss at next month’s meeting the possibility of changing the town’s building height restrictions.

    Easing the restrictions would allow for more creative downtown design in keeping with the town’s new vision plan, board members say.

    “When we get into the new plan, we’ll have multi-family and work-live situations, and we want to take a close look at it and see what we need to do and prepare for it,” explained planning board member Evelyn Madison.

  • Local artists win awards at statewide show

    For members of a small gallery, some Franklin Square Gallery artists won big at the statewide watercolor show in Greenville and several other competitions.

    Six artists from this Southport cooperative gallery had their work accepted to this prestigious juried show and five won major prizes. Others won awards in Beaufort, Myrtle Beach, S.C., and locally.

  • Arts Council announces Arts by the Shore winners

    The winners in the 14th annual Arts by the Shore, hosted by Oak Island Art Guild and Oak Island Parks and Recreation, have been announced.

    Jane Staszak, an award-winning artist and judge from South Carolina, was the juror.

    Best of Show

    “Thunderhead” by Dick Staat.

    Two-Dimensional

    Oil

    First place: “Old Wilmington Beauty” by Ann Lees.

    Second place: “Morning Rush” by Phil Meade.

    Third place: “Paint Job” by Ortrud Tyler.

    Acrylics

  • There is more than one way to cook your bird for Thanksgiving

    Thanksgiving dinner usually revolves around a glorious, bronzed, succulent roast turkey. This is actually one of the easiest parts of the meal.

    Plan on about 1-1/2 pounds of turkey for each person. You can buy a frozen turkey and thaw it ahead of time, cook your turkey still frozen (see below) or order a fresh bird. With a frozen bird, you have to plan ahead to thaw it. It takes at least 24 hours in the refrigerator for every 5 pounds of turkey, so a 20-pound bird will take 4-5 days to thaw.

    Brining the Turkey

  • How can we live in a world of changelings?

    Obviously, I have just returned from an intense couple of hours entrenched in the anxieties, terrors and corruption of 1928 Los Angeles in the film, ‘Changeling.’

    From the onset, I was immersed in the story of the abduction of Walter Collins and the ceaseless battle waged by his mother, Christine, as she fought to learn of her son’s whereabouts.