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Today's News

  • Education briefs

    Parenting classes to begin

    Communities in Schools (CIS) Incredible Years parenting classes are scheduled to start Jan. 31 at Saint Philip’s Church in Southport.

    Targeted for parents with children ages 5-12 years old, the program is free of charge and includes dinner. Participants will discuss topics such as praise and limit setting and learn when to ignore misbehavior. Role-playing and interactive games make the lessons fun and easy to incorporate into real world parenting situations.

  • Local student pursues love of acting

    As a junior, West Brunswick High School senior Jon Hill of Shallotte, discovered his talent for portraying various characters. 

    Since this discovery, his interest in school has peaked along with his self-esteem and desire to achieve. Since fall of 2009, he has displayed his acting skills in several school plays and took part in a promotion for a national corporation.

  • Save Our Community has Emancipation Day event

    The Save Our Community (SOC) organization of Southport hosted its 19th annual Emancipation Day program at Friendship Baptist Church on Jan. 1.

    Norman Jones, master of ceremonies, opened the program by asking the audience to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Pamela Ferguson of St. James AMEZ read the Scripture from Exodus 3:7-12. Norman Jones of New Hope Baptist prayed and Kyerra Kinsey of Friendship Baptist gave the welcome.

  • Religion briefs

    Church to have fellowship dinner

    Harvest Outreach Assembly of God, 3000-4 George II Highway in Boiling Spring Lakes, will host a fellowship dinner beginning at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at the church.

    Come join in for good food and fellowship. All are welcome...bring a friend.

    Grace Missionary sets services

    Grace Missionary Baptist Church, 340 Mulberry St. in Shallotte, has Sunday school at 10 a.m. and Sunday morning worship at 11 a.m.

  • ‘The Gates of Hell: Rodin’s Passion in Stone’ is a real eye-opener

    Arline Boucher Tehan has aptly titled her book, “The Gates of Hell: Rodin’s Passion in Stone.” It is a detailed description of the life of an artist whose passion both emerged from and led to an anguish that was both hellish and heavenly. 

    His work may have been cast in stone, but its effect on him and the world was, and is, both alive and lively.

  • St. James has rifle, pistol club

    The St. James Rifle and Pistol Club, with 39 members, has conducted its major safety training under the guidance of NRA certified instructors Rob Jerome (rifle and pistol certification) and Bill Boston (shotgun certification). They have an ongoing safety training program that is mandatory for all members and a new course will begin in early February.

    The club has afforded all members the opportunity to fire various kinds of sporting and target firearms, including revolvers, semi-auto pistols, rifles and shotguns.

  • Marsh-Proffitt engagement

    Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kara Marsh and Brendan Proffitt, both of San Diego, Ca. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Charles and Bonnie Rogers of Tempe, Az., and Mr. and Mrs. John Marsh of Mesa, Az. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Proffitt of Bolivia. An April 7, 2012, wedding is planned in San Diego, Calif.

  • A weed you want in your landscape

    By TOM WOODS
    MASTER GARDENER

    Butterfly weed is one weed you want in your landscape. It’s a butterfly magnet. The leaves are the preferred food source for the larvae of several species of butterflies, including Monarchs and the flowers provide nectar for both butterflies and hummingbirds.

  • Get to know the Waccamaw River Blue Trail

    By Susan Brown
    County Extension

    Looking for a pristine, quiet, secluded place to take a break? How about an adventure with the possibility of spotting common wildlife species such as black bear, deer, wild turkey or American alligator? If the answer is yes, then you need to explore the Waccamaw River, right here in Brunswick County.

  • Blanketing your water heater saves energy

    By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    This winter has been unusually cold and most of us have received our recent electric bills—not a pleasant experience. What can you do to reduce the amount of electricity you use year round? You can begin with adding a water heater blanket, even if the hot water heater is in a part of the house that is not subject to extreme weather.