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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Simple healthful substitutions

     Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    For the past month, I’ve been teaching a Heart Healthy cooking class at the training center at N.C. Cooperative Extension Brunswick County Center in Bolivia. I’ve tried to share with class members that healthier foods don’t have to be boring and many of our favorite foods can be prepared in a more healthful manner.

  • Who says Halloween is just for the kids?

     My first introduction to a Halloween dinner “not just for the kids” was years ago at the home of a good friend of mine from Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio. He graciously allowed me and my wife to be a part of this tradition with his kids and family.

    “It’s not really about the food,” he said. “It’s more about the atmosphere you create and the presentation of the dishes and the implication of what they might be.”

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

    In the case you ever visit central South Carolina, you will want to check out our Congaree National Park, one of the most breathtaking places in the world. It boasts an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds. Some of its acreage is dominated by tracts of land never before timbered, and thus, some of eastern North America’s tallest forests are here. I’d like to show you an example.

  • Todds announce birth

     Allen and Jessica Todd of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, John Allen Todd, born at 1:12 p.m. Oct. 13 at Novant Health  Brunswick Medical Center, and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21 ½ inches in length. He joins a sister, Madilyn, 3. Maternal grandparents are Thea Barefoot and the late Wayne Edwards. Paternal grandparents are William and Wanda Todd.