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  • Bradley and Becky Caison of Ash are the parents of a daughter, Addyson Nadine Caison, born at 6:24 p.m. Feb. 9 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

    Maternal grandparents are Eddie and Dean Carroll of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Miller and Mamie Caison of Ash and the late Debbie Caison.

    Great-grandmother is Mable Hewett of Shallotte.

     

  • Don and Donnie Haigler of Sunset Beach celebrated their 50th anniversary with friends and family Saturday, March 13, in the fellowship hall of Seaside United Methodist Church. They were married March 12, 1960, in South Carolina, and lived in Monroe before moving to Sunset Beach in 1998. The celebration occasion was hosted by the Haiglers' children, Scott and Jeanette Haigler, and their grandchildren, Jason Haigler, Lauren Mullis and Ashley Haigler.

     

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Kristy Yvonne Benton of Shallotte and Brandon Fulwood of Supply. The bride-elect is the daughter of William M. Benton and Ann F. Benton of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Dale Fulwood and Audria Fulwood of Shallotte. A May 1 wedding is planned at the Ocean Isle Beach Chapel.

  • We are approaching the end of our 40-day Lenten journey. The shadow of the cross looms large on an ever-approaching horizon. We know too well the pain of Christianity, the pain of Christian living. We may well have cringed with that pain, moved to avoid it, missed its mark and sinned. But, even our sin should not disturb us and keep us from recognizing God’s love for us. That’s the real message Lenten message. Even our sin can be a catalyst to recognizing God’s love for us. It may be the greatest catalyst.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Pastel artist Jane Staszak conducts a weekly class at Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash, which has led to creation of a close-knit group dubbing themselves the Pastel Sisters.

    Their resulting group show, "Pastel Sisters Show All," debuts with a reception 3-6 p.m. Saturday, March 27, at the gallery at 10283 Beach Drive.

    Celtic music group Gaelstorm, which includes artist Liz Roberts on percussion, will perform.

  • Luna-Toones is a fun-loving pit bull girl weighing about 40 pounds (full grown) and was a year old this past July. She plays well with other dogs and people, loves to go for walks, and likes to ride in the car. She needs a home that has high-energy owners who will love her for her cute personality. Paws Place is a no-kill, nonprofit domestic animal rescue facility that provides sanctuary for unadoptable dogs and seeks loving homes for those that are. Its kennels are open 9 a.m.-noon daily.

  • Ask a person the reason why early cultures divided the sky into constellations and most will say the typical reasons: to tell directions or to tell the seasons or maybe to tell time. They would all be grade-A answers.

  • A fellow came by the office last week with a clipping of a gorgeous evergreen shrub with fragrant light pink to almost white flowers. He had noticed the plant at his church and desperately wanted one for his home.

    The list of evergreen plants with fragrant blooms in March is pretty short, so I didn’t have any trouble identifying it as winter daphne or daphne odora. I had some trouble helping the gentlemen understand how to keep the plant alive once he added it to his garden.

  • There have been incoming calls on the Information Line recently concerning houseplants. Following are some secrets to keeping your houseplants happy.

  • James and Katelyn Morris are the parents of a daughter, Hailey Marie Pearl Morris, born at 1:28 p.m. March 2 at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    She weighed 5 pounds, 3 ounces and measured 17 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Rudy and Crystal Azcona of Supply and Danny Ballard of Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Paternal grandparents are Dean and Angela Morris of Boiling Spring Lakes and Steve Crooks of Sunset Harbor.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Monica Holden of Shallotte and Joel Lovett of Shallotte. A March 20 wedding is planned at New Life Assembly on Stone Chimney Road, Supply.

  • Rock and Beth Clewis of Boiling Spring Lakes are the parents of a son, Wyatt Earl Clewis, born at 4:06 p.m. Feb. 9, at Brunswick Community Hospital.

    He weighed 9 pounds, 10 ounces and measured 21 inches long.

    He joins sisters Caison, 13, and Carly, 18 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Ann Caison of Supply and the late Edward Caison Jr.

    Paternal grandparents are Earl and Barbara Clewis of Southport.

    Great-grandparents are Mickey Robinson of Supply and Lucy Henry of Southport.

  • Beth and Jason Hayes of Fuquay-Varina are the parents of a son, Ford Walker Lowery Hayes, born at 12:54 p.m. Jan. 21 at Wake Med Cary Hospital.

    He weighed 9.9 pounds and measured 19.5 inches long.

    He joins a sister, Emerson Rose Hayes.

    Maternal grandparents are Alton and Betty Lowery of Bladenboro.

    Paternal grandparents are Deborah Evans of Supply and Lonzo Hayes of Fuquay-Varina.

    Maternal great-grandmother is Lucille Grainger of Bladenboro.

    Paternal great-grandmother is Myrna Malinchalk of Leland.

  • When most folks hear the word prophet, they think of major figures in history that have stirred the world, upset the status quo, and lived dangerously as a result. Names like Martin Luther, Mohandas Mahatma Gandhi, Mohammed, Jeremiah, Isaiah, Ezekiel, Dorothy Day, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., Joan of Arc, Bishop Oscar Romero Sr., Dorothy Stang, John the Baptizer and Jesus, the Christ—Son of God and prophet beyond all prophets—emerge from our memories as heroic men and women who sought to save the world from its own bondage.

  • The February 2010 issue of U.S. News & World Report magazine has named Dosher Nursing Center in Southport as “one of the best nursing homes in America.”

    In all, only 173 skilled nursing facilities were named to the honor out of the nation’s thousands of nursing homes. Only four nursing home facilities received the designation in North Carolina.

  • STAFF REPORT

    Ronnie Milsap will bring his trademark country-soul voice to Brunswick County on Monday night, March 22, for a 7:30 p.m. performance in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Milsap’s music has earned him 40 No. 1 hits, six Grammy Awards and the industry's highest recognition—the coveted Country Music Association Entertainer of the Year award.

  • Ginger is a lynx point Siamese mix who’s about 8 years old, with beautiful blue eyes and front declawed paws. Her owner died recently, and relatives couldn’t keep her. She is playful and a good companion pet. She needs to be adopted into a home where she is the only pet. To see Ginger, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Ginger, as well as all the other cats and kittens available for adoption, at Cat Tails in the Corner Stone center at 6622 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach. Visiting hours are 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • This has been a tough winter for cold weather wimps like me, and I have the chapped lips and cracked fingers to prove it. Yes, I know the former New Englanders are laughing hysterically and asking, “Would you like some cheese with that whine?”

    Some of our plants have, like me, struggled with the colder-than-normal temperatures.

  • Pruning rose bushes is intimidating to many gardeners but actually good for the plants. Becoming an accomplished rose pruner takes time and practice, but keep in mind it is hard to kill a rose with bad pruning.

    While there is a great deal of disagreement among rose experts regarding how and when to prune roses, it is generally agreed most mistakes will grow out quickly and it is better to make a good effort at pruning roses than to let them grow rampant.

  • Too many people understand newness as novelty. As a result, they are reticent to accept change in their lives. A “same ole, same ole” existence is good enough for them. It’s comfortable, soothing and affirms the adage: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.”