SUPPLY—As James Bell ascended winding wooden steps with a boxful of food for a family in need, his wife, the Rev. Patricia Ann Bell, urged everyone to go ahead of her.

    Health problems have slowed her gait, and it takes her a while to climb stairs, she said.

    But when it comes to community outreach, the shepherdess of Lamb of God Ministries still gets around just fine.

    The newly ordained minister’s church doesn’t yet have a building of its own.

  • This pelican was trying to stay warm as it waited for the snow to melt Feb. 13 at the Calabash waterfront. 

  • Gardeners from cooler climates often wax nostalgic for that hedge of sweet-smelling lilacs or the stately rhododendron that anchored Grandma’s garden.

    Attempts to re-create these memories in the hot and humid climate of southeastern North Carolina are generally met with frustration and failure.

    Rather than lamenting over that which cannot be, let’s look at some of the wonderful things about gardening here.

    Winter blooms

  • One of the things that amazed me when I first came to Brunswick County as a permanent resident was the number of controlled fires that are created in our area. So, I decided to find out what these fires are all about.

  • I am not an electrical engineer nor do I understand what electricity is all about. My knowledge is limited to the ability to “plug it in” and believe all will work well. But, I do know everything stops moving, all appliances immediately arrest activity, fans and lights go off, when a transformer is struck by lightning.

  • CIS and Brunswick County Parks and Recreation teamed up for the second annual ball to benefit CIS programs Saturday afternoon.

    More than 130 girls from kindergarten to fifth-grade attended, escorted by their fathers, grandfathers, uncles and other male role models. The event was at the Brunswick Center in Southport, the newest senior center for Brunswick Senior Resources Inc.

  • The nationally renowned Wilmington Celebration Choir will perform at 4:30 p.m. this coming Sunday, Feb. 28, at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Admission is free, with a love offering received.

    The Christian-based choir consists of more than 70 voices from 19 different churches in southeastern North Carolina.

    Led by Pillar recording artist and soloist Joey Gore, the choir also features soloists Willing Heart, Paula Greene, Sherry Watkins, Angie Payne, Laurie and Mike Kelley, Marsha King and Kevin and Julie Foss.

  • Kellie Jayne Granton and Jon Paul Shellem, both of Wrightsville Beach, were married Oct 4 at Airlie Gardens in Wilmington, with the Rev. Penelope Morningstar officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Ken and Sue Granton of Calabash and the granddaughter of Dorothy McGrath of Greensboro. She was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    The groom is the son of Jim and Kim Shellem of St. Michaels, Md.

  • Here is a riddle of astronomical proportions to solve. What is larger than the moon by many times, is found in the northern sky, never sets, the light emitted by this object is of the brightest type, it is the youngest of its kind and looking up you will not even see it?

    I will give you the answer later after we covered some other great heavenly features in this month’s sky. First, let us review the planets in the sky; we lose some, we gain some.

  • As we get to a “certain age,” all of those things that we once thought mildly amusing begin to make sense.

    Those reading glasses propped on the end of your nose? Nobody can really see that tiny print, can they? A little Botox on those forehead furrows might be just the trick. And, I don’t know anyone who actually loves (or even likes) love handles. Maybe some liposuction is in order.

    Plant people aren’t immune to the ravages of time that are reflected in the mirror. We just apply many of those same criticisms to our gardens.

  • The blooming season for camellias is upon us, which is a time we need to look closely at these colorful plants. When camellias are blooming, they are most susceptible to the disease called Sclerotinia flower blight. This blight affects only the open blossom and does not threaten the health of the plant.

  • 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.


    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.