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Today's News

  • Union Elementary hosts fall festival

     SHALLOTTE — After another week of homework, tests and assignments, students at Union Elementary took a breather from normal school life and enjoyed the festivities at its 2014 Fall Festival on Friday, Oct. 24.

    Students, family and friends gathered on Union School Road for a night of fun on inflatable slides, rock climbing walls, hayrides and haunted house tours. If that wasn’t enough for the students, they could always enjoy their favorite festival food, have their face painted or go for a couple of trips around their favorite bouncy house.

  • Cameryn Smith finishes eighth in state golf tourney

     

    West Brunswick senior Cameryn Smith finished eighth Oct. 28 in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association’s Class 3-A girls’ state golf championships at Longleaf Golf and Country Club in Southern Pines.

  • Habitat toasts Wine & Song Nov. 2 at Silver Coast Winery

    Brunswick County Habitat for Humanity is having a Wine & Song fundraiser, “There’s No Place Like Home,” from 3 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2, at Silver Coast Winery on Barbeque Road near Grissettown.

    The $65 ticket price includes a wine tasting before dinner and entertainment.

    Dinner, with each course to be paired with wine, consists of a choice of champagne chicken or beef burgundy.

    The master of ceremonies for this event will be Daniel Seamans of WWAY-TV3.

  • Varnamtown fires up 61st oyster roast Nov. 1

     IF YOU GO

    What: 61st annual Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church Oyster Roast

    When: Noon to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1

    Where: Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church, 190 Varnamtown Road, Varnamtown

    Information: 842-6425, 842-6492, 842-6832, 842-9840 or the church at 842-5530. Coolers and alcoholic beverages are not allowed.

    Varnamtown is getting ready for another round of roasted oysters, fish plates and a festive day of autumn fun and fundraising.

  • BLT launches 'Hermit of Fort Fisher' Nov. 6

    He was a real-life character who lived on his own in the marshland of Fort Fisher.

    Robert Harrill finished out the last 17 years of his life as the renowned “Fort Fisher Hermit,” residing in an abandoned World War II bunker, subsisting on the yields of the salt marsh, oyster beds and a vegetable garden, and mingling with visitors stopping by to sign his guest book.

  • Balsam Range brings bluegrass to Fort Fisher benefit concert Nov. 1 @ OWA

    Renowned bluegrass band Balsam Range will headline a benefit concert for Friends of Fort Fisher at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Balsam Range consists of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County in western North Carolina.

    For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surrounds part of their home county, where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge, the Balsam Range.

  • Sunset Beach Police Department Oct. 20-26

    Sunset Beach police investigated the following incidents. All information is taken directly from department reports.

    Oct. 23

    Fraud on Kings Trail.

    Oct. 24

    Larceny at 244 Clubhouse Road.

    Larceny on North Shore Drive West.

  • CROP Hunger Walk sets out Sunday afternoon

    Sunday afternoon strollers will be taking part in the Shallotte/ South Brunswick CROP Hunger Walk this coming Sunday, Nov. 2.

    Following 2 p.m. registration at Calvary Baptist Church at 623 Village Road in Shallotte, the 3.2-mile fundraising walk will kick off at 2:30 p.m.

    The goal for 2014 is to have 180 walkers and to raise $14,000 or $78 per participant.

    Last year, there were 164 walkers and $13,803 was raised ($84.16 per participant).

  • From one artist to another: Painting makes ailing sign man's day

    It was a first-time, memorable meeting when local artist Bryan Varnam stopped by to see Buddy Norris, package in hand.

    On a balmy October morning, Varnam, 66, arrived at Norris’ Shallotte home bearing a painting, one he only recently created for Norris.

    Norris, in fact, is the subject of the acrylic painting, titled “Buddy’s Barn.” It depicts an old tobacco barn near Hickmans Crossroads that once served as Norris’ first sign shop in the early 1980s, as well as a rendering of Norris in his younger years, busy at work.

  • ‘The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament proclaims the work of God’s hands’ (Psalm 19:2)

     I have noted and admired the practice, especially in the South, of folks beginning their day by reading and praying their devotionals. It may be equally true elsewhere, but my experience was heightened by what I saw and heard here. For that matter, what I continue to see and hear when I am with “church people” from all walks of life.