Today's News

  • Friends run Calabash stained-glass shop after owner's passing

    CALABASH — Wielding a soldering iron and needle-nose pliers, Judy Rodriguez toiled over repairing a broken bowl of stained glass fruit.

    It’s a craft she learned years ago from the best — her late teacher and friend, Pati Lewellyn, longtime owner of Reflections Stained Glass studio and shop, who died last January after an illness.

    Nearly a year after Lewellyn’s passing, Rodriguez is one of three friends who have pitched in to keep the Calabash business going.

  • 2015 calendar: Instruction, senior events


    Tennis lessons

    Adult tennis lessons at Ocean Isle Beach Park Tennis Center are
Wednesdays, March 25 to April 29
and May 6 to June 10.
Beginners meet 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Intermediate lessons are 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $70 per person. Call 253-2583 for more information. 
Registration required.
Adult lessons at Smithville District Park are Wednesdays, March 11 to April 29. Teens and adult beginners meet 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Fee: $100 per person.
Registration required. Go to www.rdutennis.net or email brian@rdutennis.net
 Call 253-2670 for more information.

  • Shallotte Police report

    Shallotte police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last two weeks. All information is taken directly from incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 12

    Vandalism; someone drove off from Minuteman gas station on Naber Drive with a gas hose still in vehicle, causing the pump connector, valued at $50, to break.

    Dec. 13

    Danny Nathaniel Grissett, 57, 985 Cedar Grove Road SW, Supply, cited for possession of drug paraphernalia.

  • Leland Police report

    Leland police investigated the following incidents and made the following arrests in the last three weeks. All information is taken directly from police incident and arrest reports.

    Dec. 6

    Deandre Jamaris Braddy, 23, of Marion County, S.C., arrested on two counts of attempted murder warrants from Mullins, S.C., during a field interview on Bourbon Street and Westover Drive.

    Two-vehicle crash on Village Road at U.S. 17 South resulting in personal and property damage.

  • No ‘Bah Humbug’ advice

    No “Bah Humbugs” from me this week, just a few tips and ideas to help encourage positive and healthy practices to get us all through the holidays.


    Yes, your favorite foods are available (and usually lots of them) this time of year. So treat yourself while trying to be realistic. Go ahead and eat some of those cookies or other holiday goodies…just do so in moderation. Feeling like a martyr about food or trying to give it up completely tends to backfire. Holidays are all about balance.

    Be picky

  • A Christmas lesson from an old dog, a cold rain

    “It’s too darn cold to go out for a walk! Now lay down and quit your whining!”

  • What is this week's mystery plant?

    By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    You go through life, and you become aware of various truths. For instance, for me as a teacher (maybe you, too?), it seems students are getting steadily younger. What about this one: A lot of books out there were apparently printed with shrinking ink. And here’s another: Christmas comes earlier and earlier every year, it seems. As far as Christmas and this long string of holidays now upon us, here's a botanical reminder of the rapidly changing seasons.

  • ‘Here we come a-wassailing, among the leaves so green…’

    An age-old winter custom is the drinking of wassail, which is drunk at Christmas time, New Years and the Twelfth Night. Wassail is a greeting, meaning, “Be in good health!”

    Wassail is also associated with caroling. As the story goes, men would carry a large vessel, usually with handles, from house to house. They would sing, get the vessel filled again, and then go on to the next house. It was a sign of good luck to have them visit.

  • My name is Joseph

    My name is Joseph. I am a carpenter by trade. By nature, I am a man who loves solitude, who finds joy in creation. My love for nature led me to find deep pleasure and profound value in the working of wood. There are so few trees in my country. Each is a precious commodity, a priced gift. It always surprises me to know others cannot see the pricelessness and art found in woodworking.

  • Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus

    Eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of New York’s Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial.