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Today's News

  • It’s not easy to enter darkness to see a great light

    It’s true. I love hearing a good story. I love to tell a good story. If exaggeration will assist in the hearing and telling, I’ll use it; however, this is more than narrating a saga to regale an audience. It’s more than my causing amusement, laughter and distraction from our daily doings. It’s more than adding spice to a mundane routine. This is the stuff of life that causes one to stop, really stop and smell the roses in our everyday bouquet of life.

  • Decorations are one local couple's Christmas gift to the community

    The Christmas lights came on for the first time on Oct. 30, but the owners weren’t done. In fact, they still aren’t done.

    If you drive past Jennies Branch on N.C. 179 between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach in the evening, you can’t miss the holiday cheer.

    “We started off with one strand of lights across the back of the house 10 years ago,”  Reba Lefler said.

  • 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.