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Today's Features

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—An Ocean Isle Beach boutique is the only local store to carry NBC “Fashion Star” contestant Amber Perley’s fashions.

    A year ago, the tulip tree Boutique owner Robin Putnam never dreamed she would own and operate a women’s and children’s boutique in Ocean Isle Beach, let alone to carry the designs of a designer making a national name for herself and her clothing.

    “I found Amber online after I decided to open the shop,” Putnam said. “It was very spur-of-the-moment.”

  • Boiling Spring Lakes is heating up this Saturday with its Fire in the Lakes Festival.

    The fourth annual event takes place 11 a.m.-3 p.m. March 23 at the Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center at 1 Leeds Road in Boiling Spring Lakes.

    Out-of-towners may not be privy to the celebratory day, but residents of this eastern Brunswick County town understand its premise celebrating controlled burning.

  • Family fun is planned for at an Easter egg hunt scheduled for 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Calabash Town Park.

    The free event is sponsored by River of Life Baptist Church.

    Highlights include hot dogs, drinks, games, crafts and an egg hunt for different age groups. There will also be an opportunity for free pictures of children with the Easter Bunny.

    In the event of rain, this event will be rescheduled for March 30.

    For more information, check the church web site at riveroflifebaptistchurch.com or call (910) 575-6377.

  • St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte is celebrating the season with its third annual Spring/Easter Craft Fair and Bake Sale this weekend to benefit the hungry.

    The two-day event will take place noon-6 p.m. Saturday, March 23, and 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, March 24, in Brendan Hall at the church at 5101 Ocean Highway West.

  • By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Brunswick County Master Gardener

  • During the past couple of weeks, I’ve seen articles on the web, in newspapers and on the television news about new recommendations from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force for calcium and vitamin D.
    They are recommending against daily supplementation with 400 IU or less of vitamin D3 and 1,000 mg of calcium carbonate for healthy older women, stating that it doesn’t work to prevent bone fractures in post-menopausal women. However, they say that the data is insignificant to make recommendations for larger doses of these supplements or for younger women or men.

  • Light Ministries to have fundraiser
    Light Ministries International will be having its annual fundraiser from noon-2 p.m. Friday, March 15, at Rourk Gardens on Main Street in Shallotte. Barbecue chicken plates will be available, along with an art and craft sale. All proceeds will benefit the community outreaches and missions of LMI.
    St. Brendan’s to serve baked fish dinners

  • Iowa City boasts a group of young men who intend to stop the progress of violence, as best they can.
    Their mission is to eradicate the negative effect of bullying by positing the power of affirmations. Jeremiah Anthony is the lead person behind this effort. He is committed to the idea and ideal of empowering through praise and does so by sending messages randomly to his classmates and friends.

  • New books at Hickmans Crossroads Library
    The following new books are now available at Hickmans Crossroads Library:
    “Alex Cross, Run” by James Patterson. Detective Alex Cross arrests renowned plastic surgeon Elijah Creem for sleeping with teenage girls. Now, his life ruined, Creem is out of jail, and he has made sure that no one will recognize him by giving himself a new face.
    “Three Graves Full” by Jamie Mason. There is very little peace for a man with a body buried in his backyard.