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  • The children of Peter and Dorothy Callahan of Sunset Beach announce their parents’ 60th wedding anniversary Feb. 18. The couple was married in New York City, N.Y., in 1950 and resided and raised five children (Joanne, Kevin, Peter, Doreen and Brian) on Long Island, N.Y. They are the grandparents of four granddaughters. They retired full time to Sunset Beach in 1984. They are active at St. Brendan the Navigator Catholic Church in Shallotte and volunteer in several ministries including ushering, lectoring, food pantry, lunch bunch and visiting at Autumn Care Nursing Home.

  • Laura Elizabeth Thompson and Edward Houston Carter Jr. were united in marriage Nov. 7 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte.

    Officiating as the couple exchanged their vows in a double-ring worship service were the Rev. John Causey of Shallotte Presbyterian Church and the Rev. Dwight Williams of First Presbyterian Church in Rockingham.

    Following the ceremony, the bride’s parents hosted a reception at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

  • Terri Christine Barr of Sunset Beach and Timothy Dan Gurganious of Willard were married Jan. 2 at the bride’s parents’ home in Sandpiper Bay at Sunset Beach.

    The bride is the daughter of Lawrence and Janice Barr of Sunset Beach.

    The groom is the son of Frank and Betty Gurganious of Willard.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    She wore a long, winter white, Grecian-style gown with a beaded bodice and short veil adorned with silk lilies. She carried a bouquet of red roses and white lillies.

  • I don’t know about you, but I don’t like desert living. I especially find it difficult when it comes upon me while I am still enjoying the festivities that came with Christmas.

    It’s too soon to plunge into Lenten living. It’s too hard to let myself be led by God’s spirit into the aridity of desert life. I want to cry out, “Wait a minute! I’m not ready yet. Give me more time to acclimate, adjust, and accept this new lifestyle.” I guess I never really got the Christmas message, after all. Incarnation is not for sissies.

  • STAFF REPORT

    WINNABOW—Just as they did in 1865, Union and Confederate forces will clash in battles over Fort Anderson and Town Creek on Feb. 20-21, as the Brunswick Town/Fort Anderson State Historic Site commemorates the 145th anniversary of Confederates’ final attempt to prevent Union soldiers from taking Fort Anderson and ultimately Wilmington.

  • Sadie (ID No. A021391) is a yellow Lab/hound mix found running loose at Sea Trail in Sunset Beach the first week in January. She was wearing a red collar and had fleas. A resident took her home and cared for her but has been unable to find Sadie’s owner. The resident also was unable to keep Sadie and last week took her to Brunswick County Animal Control. Sadie weighs 41 pounds and is about a year old. She is described as well-behaved and housebroken, patient with children and plays well with other dogs and cats. Her rescuers would like to help Sadie get adopted.

  • Clarice is a 6-year-old tabby who is sweet and friendly and loves to relax in her bed at Cat Tails. To see her, call Cat Tails at 253-1375 or visit its Web site at www.cattails.org. You can visit Clarice, 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. Wednesdays, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and 1-3 p.m. Sundays. Other hours are by appointment. Cat Tails is also desperate for volunteers.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Sharyn Sullivan of Supply and Ryan Coster of Calabash. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bruce and Cyndy Sullivan of Supply. She will graduate this spring from UNC Wilmington with a degree in elementary education. The prospective groom is the son of Mark and Janet Coster of Calabash. He is a student at Savannah College of Art and Design majoring in computer animation. An evening ceremony is planned for Aug. 29 in Southport.

  • Rhett Douglas Stanley and Brittany Kayleigh Murdaugh of Shallotte will be married Sunday, Feb. 14, at Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Ash. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., with reception following in the church fellowship hall. The bride-elect is the daughter of Bryan and Kaycee Murdaugh of Shallotte, and the granddaughter of Ivan and Zelotta McDonald of Raleigh. The prospective groom is the son of Bill Stanley and Lynn Coon, and the stepson of Jack Coon, all of Shallotte. Maternal grandparents are Doug and Bobbie Anderson of Ash.

  • I seem always to find themes emerging from Scriptural readings. Interestingly, they also change as I change...meeting spiritual needs that surface with each new encounter. Like a ladder, they take me higher and higher...deeper and deeper...as I climb. That is the marvel of God’s living word.

  • We’ve usually had a couple of days well into the 60s by this time of year to remind us that spring isn’t far away. While our winters are mild by comparison to New England and the Midwest, the cold has been reluctant to leave this year.

  • The hotline has received several requests for information concerning pruning in the last few weeks. Following are guidelines as to when and how much to prune:

    As the weather cools in the fall, many of us emerge from the air-conditioning and begin looking around the landscape again. One thing we may see is some plants grew a lot over the summer and have gotten somewhat out of bounds. There is often a strong temptation to get out the pruning saw and start fighting back the jungle.

    In gardening, timing is everything. Knowing when and when not to perform tasks is important.

  • Brunswick County community leaders, many of them Eagle Scouts, along with local Scout leaders, met outside the Brunswick County Courthouse on Monday afternoon to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts of America.

  • In Celebration of Black History Month, H.K. Edgerton will be North Carolina Sons of Confederate Veterans Camp 794’s featured speaker at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 14, at Peace Baptist Church at 653 Love Mill Road in Whiteville.

    The public is invited, and there is no admission charge.

    H. K. Edgerton is a black Southern heritage activist and former president of the NAACP’s Asheville branch. He may best be recognized as the man who marched from North Carolina to Texas to build awareness of Southern culture and history.

  • Even though Old Man Winter seems insistent on hanging around, our gardens are beginning to awaken.

    The early daffodils are already up and the red maples are letting us know why they’re called “red maple” (the red flowers).

    If that’s not enough to chase away your winter blahs, consider adding Japanese flowering apricot to your garden. It always blooms in January and February in shades of white, pink and red.

  • I came across an interesting article the other day that triggered an idea in what little frozen brain I have left. Master Gardeners throw out terms concerning America’s favorite pastime as if everyone was familiar with the terms. I will try and explain some of the more common terms as well as some unusual ones.

    •Soil pH: All soils range from 0-14 with 7.0 being neutral.

    •Acid soil is soil with a pH below 7.0. Most vegetables, fruits, trees and grasses grow best in a soil with a pH of 5.5 to 7.0.

  • Religion, if not spirituality, is plagued by a certain passivity. Even the words we use denote a presence that requires response but seems not to evoke participation.

    We attend worship services and Bible studies. We say our prayers. We love our neighbor—though often less than ourselves. There is activity involved, but rarely the radical action that tries human souls and resurrects the spirit.

  • Volunteers who pick up a hammer and help a local family are now one-step closer to vacationing with Mickey, Minnie and Donald.

    Brunswick County residents can now volunteer locally and participate in the “Give a Day. Get a Disney Day.” program. Those who volunteer eight hours of time with one of the participating agencies will receive a voucher good for one day at a Disneyland or Walt Disney World theme park.

  • Staff report

    With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, Silver Coast Winery in Brunswick County is setting the stage and mood early with its annual Wine and Chocolate Pairing from noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 6.

    Participants will enjoy award-winning Silver Coast wines served in a signature Silver Coast wineglass and paired with four handmade gourmet chocolates.

    The cost is $15 per person.

    Seatings are on the hour starting at noon, with the last one at 4 p.m. Reservations are limited.

  • Last week, I had the opportunity to go to the Green and Growin’ Show in Greensboro and hang out with lots of plant people from all over the state. While the economy continues to struggle, there are some wonderful new plants that will soon find their way into the nursery trade.

    One of the most interesting talks was by Dr. Dennis Werner, a plant breeder at my employer, N.C. State University. Werner worked on coming up with great commercial peach varieties for more than 20 years. In the past five years or so, he has devoted his ample skill to redbuds and butterfly bushes.