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Today's Features

  • The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee once again launches a three-day Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend with 25th anniversary events planned Saturday, Jan. 19, through Monday, Jan. 21, in Southport.

    The focus will once again be on enhancement and involvement of local youths starting with an anniversary gathering at 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in Southport Community Building at 223 E. Bay St.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County launches its 2019 concert series with a return performance by Joe Crookston at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 19, in the Virginia Williamson Event Center in Brunswick Community College’s Odell Williamson Auditorium.

    Crookston’s skills list is long: He’s an acclaimed singer, songwriter, guitarist, painter, fiddler, slide player, eco-village member and believer in all things possible.

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash is throwing a going-away bash for locally renowned artist Babs Ludwick, who has decided to move to Florida soon to be with her daughter, grandsons and grand-dogs. The event includes one last exhibition of her works from Friday, Jan. 18, to Saturday, Jan. 26. 

    A fitting send-off reception is scheduled 4-6 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18 at the gallery in Calabash. The public is invited.

    Other free events

  • A Second Helping OIB is having a Chili Cook-Off and Cornbread Competition at 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 20, at Pelican’s Perch, 8 E. Second St. in Ocean Isle Beach. Participants are asked to bring their best chili in a Crock-Pot and/or their best cornbread by 2 p.m. and sign up. Tickets are $10 for tasting only. There will also be a cash bar and raffle for great prizes. All proceeds go to A Second Helping OIB.

  • The Brunswick County Literacy Council will host a wine dinner Monday, Jan. 21, at La Cucina in Sunset Beach. The chef has prepared a special menu for the event’s two seatings at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. Four courses are paired with specially selected wines. There will be two wine basket raffles at each seating.

  • By John Nelson

    Plant Columnist

    A fair one are you — well you fit our ages

    With flowers of winter

    — Shakespeare, A Winter’s Tale. Act 4, Scene 4.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Live Live Fully

    You know the pattern.

    “If I just send one more email, I’m sure I’ll get their attention.”

    “My spouse needs reminding … again. On second thought, I’ll just take care of this myself.”

    “If I can maneuver things so my coworkers’ mistakes are brought to light, the boss will see I’m the one who deserves the raise.”

  • In the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 2, verses 17-18, we are reminded, “In the last days it will be, God declares, that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh, and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see vision, and your old men shall dream dreams. Even upon my slaves, both men and women, in those days I will pour out my Spirit; and they shall prophesy.”

    Visionaries and dreamers shall prophesy. We recall the life of one who called us to see visions and dream dreams.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Rachel Neville of Supply and Sam Hamacher of Yardley, Pa.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Mike and Pam Neville of Supply.

    The prospective groom is the son of Larry and Amy Hamacher of Yardley, Pa.

    A May 18 wedding is planned in Raleigh.

  • "Do dogs go to heaven?” the 5-year old girl asked me earnestly as her bright blue

    eyes dimmed a little. “I want to know if God will take care of Buster.”

    In more than 25 years of being a veterinarian, this is perhaps the most difficult question I’m ever asked. This time, a little girl was asking because it was time to say goodbye to the only pet she’d ever known.