• 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.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It’s been more than four months since Gunner was brought to Cat Tails, a no-kill feline rescue facility.

    But the large orange tabby cat apparently hasn’t forgotten the home he used to have.

    Last fall, Gunner’s former owner, a Wilmington man, gave up the 6-year-old cat after getting married. The man said his new wife was allergic to cats, and she also had dogs, according to Cat Tails workers.

  • LITTLE RIVER, S.C.—“Did you find everything you need?” cashier Marie Feda asks one of many customers on a busy workday at Lowes Foods.

    “Plastic OK?” her husband, Sam Feda, follows up as he bags the customer’s groceries at the end of the checkout where he and his wife often work in tandem.

    The senior couple from Calabash are among those who have been working at the store since it first opened in summer 2006, part of the hard-working team at the store frequented by Brunswick County residents.

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    The twins, a crab, a rabbit, two dogs, a bull, a hunter and even a dove can be seen looking down from the winter sky. The weather lately has really given us the feeling that winter is here. Go out on a clear night, look up, and the stars reveal that winter is here. The same as they have done for eons. At 9 p.m. everyone is up, at least everyone regarding the winter constellations. Time for star school and a lesson in winter star groups.

  • CALABASH—Rector Sisk can’t stay out of the restaurant business.

    Last year, the Calabash restaurateur enjoyed a brief respite after selling his longtime breakfast eatery, Sunrise Pancake House.

    It wasn’t long before Sisk and his son Jeff took over operations at Martini’s, a popular restaurant and piano bar less than 10 miles down the road in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., where Sisk has left most of the management to Jeff.

  • A bull is guarding the palace, traveling across the sky during New Year’s and is a vessel on earth for the soul of Osiris. 

    This bull has many stories to tell as it reigns supreme in the early winter sky. 

    Across the globe, cultures viewing a certain bright star group imagined a bull; however, the beliefs about this bull vary. Therefore, it is an interesting study of history and a notable constellation worth finding. 

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    In the eastern sky, right after dark, a hero is rising and soon will take his place as the ruler of the early evening winter sky. 

    At the same time, over in the west, a cross adorns the sky a symbol of the present season. As the sun’s light fades away, the early evening’s darkness reveals two groups of stars in the shape of a cross and a bright rectangle. The weather is reflecting winter and so are the stars.

  • Patricia Bell and Rhonda Varnam believe in the power of prayer.

    As overseers of their respective ministries, Lamb of God (Bell) and Called and Anointed (Varnam), it’s only natural.

    But when Bell started praying for wheels to replace vehicles that are barely getting by, she got more than she bargained for. She got a bus.

  • The Island Home Tour and Island Good Time was a success, according to event organizers. More than 250 people came out to support the annual fundraiser for the Ocean Isle Museum Foundation’s two facilities: the Museum of Coastal Carolina and Ingram Planetarium.