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Today's News

  • How I learned the power of surrendering

     I have always had a problem with the concept — more importantly, the reality — of surrendering. It evoked feelings of inadequacy, loss of control, enslavement and acquiescence to the power of another person or situation. I did not like it — not one bit! Searching the dictionary or thesaurus only added to the upset. Words like yield, concede, capitulate, crumble, cave-in, throw in the towel and forfeit were offered as definitions. None of them eased my sense that abandonment would be wrenching.

  • I’m almost 65 — How should I prepare for Medicare?

    By Jennifer Prince Sherman

    Guest Columnist

  • What is this mystery plant?

     By John Nelson

  • District 8 Senate update

    By Sen. Bill Rabon

    Guest Columnist

  • Toppings on your hot dog can create endless possibilities

     A few days ago, we decided to have some hot dogs on the grill for dinner, along with some baked beans, potato salad and coleslaw. Being from northeast Ohio, my favorite topping is Stadium Mustard, which had its origin at the old Cleveland Municipal Stadium in Cleveland, Ohio. (Stadium Mustard is sometimes available in Shallotte at Big Lots store!)

  • When you mess up, fess up

    I wasn’t aware of the Medill F until I read a story this week about the Northwestern University Medill School of Journalism.
    According to news reports, 30 of the 250 or so graduates received diplomas that featured an egregious spelling error. Their degrees were in “media, integrated marketing communications” — except the word “integrated” was spelled “itegrated.”

  • Hoggard celebrates 100th birthday

     Bessie Hoggard, a resident of Autumn Care of Shallotte who turned 100 on May 31, is honored with a birthday party by Becky and Dell Prevatte, her daughter and son-in-law, in The Palms on May 30. Formerly from Fayetteville, Hoggard is a 30-year retired Fort Bragg civil service employee.

  • FEMA assesses Sunset Beach

    The Federal Emergency Management Agency is in the process of reviewing information compiled following a visit earlier this month to Sunset Beach.

    Sunset Beach Town Administrator Susan Parker said she spoke with Collis Brown, staff member with FEMA’s Region IV office based in Atlanta, during the visit June 10 and 11 in Sunset Beach.

    “We were set up in the (town) conference room,” she said. “We pulled all files we’d created since the last time he was here.”

  • Film incentives help fuel tourism

    While Wilmington serves as the setting for most of the movie and television productions in North Carolina, several cross the New Hanover County border and make their way into our community.

  • Kindred Spirit gets an airing on 'CBS Evening News'

    SUNSET BEACH — For more than 35 years, the Kindred Spirit mailbox has been collecting messages from inspired writers trekking or pedaling down to uninhabited Bird Island just a half-hour walk west of the Sunset Beach island.

    Monday, TV viewers nationwide got a chance to be inspired, too, when the "CBS Evening News with Scott Pelley" featured a closing segment focused on the Kindred Spirit and Sunset Beach resident Frank Nesmith.

    Nesmith, along with an old girlfriend, was instrumental in launching the mailbox overlooking the ocean 37 years ago.