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Today's News

  • Brown-Johnson engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Tiffany Nicole Brown of Supply and Austin Gene Johnson of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of James and Janet Brown of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Billy and Deanna Johnson of Shallotte. An April 30 wedding is planned at Sharon United Methodist Church.

  • Thanksgiving celebration helps introduce American traditions to Hispanic community

    SHALLOTTE—With a rapidly growing Hispanic population of parishioners, introducing families to American culture and traditions is a way to help the Hispanic community at St. Brendan the Navigator better integrate into society.

    Last Thursday was the first Thanksgiving celebration hosted at the Shallotte church. It was intended to show the Hispanic community what a traditional Thanksgiving dinner is like.

  • Federal investigation ends with state plea for former governor

    RALEIGH—Another North Carolina politician now bears the scarlet “F.”

    Last week, in a Wake Court courtroom, the year-and-a-half-long federal investigation into former N.C. Gov. Mike Easley ended with a guilty plea in state court.

    Easley, who served two terms as North Carolina governor, from 2001 until 2009, entered an Alford Plea Tuesday, Nov. 23.

    Easley entered the plea deal to one felony count of certifying a false campaign finance report.

  • Smith-Helms wedding

    Alicia R. Smith of Supply and Joseph Helms of Shallotte were married Nov. 20 at Holden Beach.

    The Rev. Earl Hewett officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Elray Smith of Shallotte and Vicky Ward of Whiteville.

    The groom is the son of Everette Helms of Boiling Springs and Billie and Billy Hewett of Supply.

    The bride was given in marriage by Chelsey Tharp, daughter of the bride.

    Chelsey Tharp, daughter of the bride, also served as maid of honor.

    Best man was Brandon Helms, brother of the groom.

  • Morrison-Smith wedding

    Alexandra Linn Morrison and Matthew Ernest Smith, both of Raleigh, were married Oct. 23 at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

    The Rev. David Rowan, the bride’s uncle, officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Linda Morrison of Ocean Isle Beach and the late Alan Lee Morrison.

    The groom is the son of Kenneth and Lori Smith of Fremont.

    The bride was given in marriage by her mother. She wore a J. Crew chiffon and organza dune gown.

  • The Farm to have holiday craft fair

    The Farm at Brunswick’s annual holiday craft fair will be from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 4, at the Farm’s community center, off the entrance to the Farm on U.S. 17. There will be signage out to guide attendees. 

    Artists and crafters who live at the Farm will display and sell wares. The fair will feature offerings such as oil and watercolor paintings, photos, sewing items, jewelry, decorative wreaths for the holidays, purses, candles and handmade walking sticks.

    Free refreshments will be available for all visitors.

  • Learn how to indulge without guilt during the holiday season

    NCSU Cooperative Extension will present “I’m Dreaming of a Light Holiday” from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Monday, Dec. 6, at the training center, NCSU Cooperative Extension, Building N), at the Government Complex in Bolivia.

    A study suggests most folks gain weight between Halloween and New Year’s and this free lunchtime class will look at healthy eating strategies for this holiday season. The goal is to weigh the same on Jan. 2 as you do now. That way you aren’t losing ground.

  • Trees provide color in spring, fall keep a garden bright

    Susan Brown
    Horticulture Agent

    Most of our coastal trees are showing their fall color. Those not showing color yet will either turn fast or show no color change at all. 

    When a homeowner purchases a tree, interest is in the mature size, what the light requirements are for that particular plant and when and how long they will bloom. Often times the fall color of a tree can be overlooked. Some trees can provide a homeowner color in spring and again in fall.

  • Shallotte Middle School students collect enough food to feed up to 50 families

    SHALLOTTE—Students at Shallotte Middle School understand the importance of helping others during the holiday season.

    As part of the school’s ninth annual Turkey Trot, students collected $685 and enough nonperishable food items to fill 21 18-gallon recycle bins.

    “The ones who donated donated more than ever before,” said Holly Borden, teacher and Turkey Trot organizer.

  • A cactus will stick around after the holidays

    Ask most folks about a plant at Christmas and they’ll mention poinsettias or Christmas trees. Both of those are traditional parts of our holiday celebrations, but neither usually sticks around much past early January. 

    If you want a great Christmas plant that will do great year after year, consider what is now called a “holiday cactus.” These natives of the tropical rainforests of Central and South America boast colorful blossoms in shades of pink, red and white at the tips of each arching stem.