• Abby, a rescued pit bull mix, has become the center of attention at Arlette Von Arsdale’s house in Brunswick Plantation.

    Just a few weeks ago, Abby was homeless and awaiting adoption at the North Myrtle Beach, S.C., Animal Shelter.

    That was before she and her potential were discovered by Rick Kaplan, president of Canine Angels, a nonprofit that rescues homeless dogs, finds willing foster parents like Von Arsdale, and provides training for the dogs to become service dogs for disabled veterans free of charge.

  • The evening spring sky has all the components to make a great fairy tale. Stretching from the north to the east, someone with an overactive imagination can invent a perfect “guy saves gal” story. 

  •  ASH—Life in Ash wasn’t always the way it is today.

    “This dirt we are living on was my great granddaddy’s,” said Leroy Carlisle. “He owned a hundred acres from Old Brunswick Road to the Whit-Ash Swamp. There were farms on both sides of the swamp.”

    Leroy’s grandfather built the house he grew up in the 1850s before the Civil War.

  • CALABASH—Nancy Pate clutched photos of her late husband, Allen, as she and other family members gathered in the parking lot of the Hurricane Fleet fishing charter.

    The Jacksonville resident was among three families who gathered there April 8 to personalize eternal reef balls cast of eco-friendly cement and cremated ashes in their loved ones’ memory.

  • Here is the big and little scoop with the spring sky. Not only are there two scoops in the sky but a big ice cream cone as well. In addition, one scoop of ice cream from that big cone slid off. 

  • For the 13th year, the St. James Service Club is proud to present its annual flea market on Saturday, April 30, at Brunswick Community College in Supply. The doors will open at 8 a.m. and close at 1 p.m. This very popular event is attended by hundreds of area residents.

    The St. James Service Club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to identifying and supporting the needs of the community through volunteer participation and fundraising. All proceeds from the flea market will be used to meet the mission of the

    St. James Service Club.

  • ST. JAMES—Twenty Wounded Women Warriors got a heroes’ welcome as they pedaled through town last Thursday.

    The women, each of whom have sustained wartime injuries as a result of their military service in the Middle East and elsewhere, proved their stamina and dedication as they took part in a 16-mile ride through the community off N.C. 211.

  • He’s a lifelong artist, cook and, up until a few years ago, chemist.

    Jakobus ‘Co’ Bungener has stirred up a little bit of everything in his multi-faceted life.

    But there’s one thing the 76-year-old resident of Shallotte Assisted Living has never done. He’s never had his own art show.

  • Adelina Filocamo reached another milestone as she turned 102 last week at Shallotte Assisted Living. Family and friends were on hand to wish the centenarian well at the March 18 celebration.

    Filocamo was born in Brazil and grew up in Italy. She also lived in New York and worked as a seamstress. She drove until she was 90, said Matresse McAllister, administrator at Shallotte Assisted Living.

    Filocamo is a familiar sight at the Mulberry Street facility, where she has lived for the past two years with Marco, her prized, purebred Shih Tzu dog.

  • Melissa Everitt, Brunswick Community College head volleyball coach and BCC Foundation development officer

  • Look low in the eastern sky, and then pan the sky upward until you are looking at the top of the sky. There is a lion, a baby lion and a wildcat.

    On March 16, the moon will be just in front of the lion. On March 17, the moon will be under his front paws. On March 18, the moon is touching his tail. On the day of the big scary moon that some say will wreak havoc on Earth because of it being closer to us than it has been for 18 years, the moon will be right over a cup and looking like the game “ball-in-a-cup.”

  • Yes, that’s right, it’s our solar system. Our sun is just one of 200 billion stars all locked on a gravity merry-go-round. We all revolve in a circle around a black hole known as Sagittarius A.

  • Four years ago, life turned upside down for Carolina Shores resident Shirley Tacchetti. She discovered something all women fear—a lump in her breast.

    She recalls discovering the lump one morning as she was getting out of the shower. Tacchetti was new to Brunswick County, having relocated from Maryland in October 2006. She found the lump in February 2007.

  • SUPPLY—Dr. Patrick Maguire, oncologist with South Atlantic Radiation Oncology Center, has spent his life’s work helping others fight cancer. He lost his father to cancer and both of his in-laws.

    During his personal and professional battles with cancer, Maguire discovered a need and sought to fill it. As an oncologist he is frequently asked questions ranging from what is cancer to how could I have prevented this?

  • Cancer can rob women of their energy, appetite and strength. But one program aims to make sure it doesn’t take away their self-confidence.

    Look Good Feel Better, an American Cancer Society program in partnership with the National Cosmetology Association and the Personal Care Products Council Foundation, offers a free, non-medical program designed to lift the spirits of women battling cancer. The program teaches beauty techniques to cancer patients in active treatment to help them combat appearance-related side effects.

  • London Gore believes in the power of prayer, even if it takes more than six decades to be answered.

    That’s what the 87-year-old Shallotte resident and World War II veteran had been doing all those years in hopes of finding the family of Sgt. Michael Dicky, his Army tank commander and good friend who was killed before Gore’s eyes during the Normandy campaign on Aug. 13, 1944.

    Credit Charlotte resident and World War II buff Jerry Evers for providing assistance.

  • “More Legends: Tales and Traditions of Brunswick County and Southeastern North Carolina” is the latest book published by local author Christy Judah.

    “More Legends” provides a personal glimpse into life on the coast from the Green Swamps to Rabontown, Exum, Sunset Beach and Southport...to Leland and all points in between where the histories of unincorporated community areas are detailed.