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Today's Features

  • Brian and Kelly Long of Ash are the parents of a son, Luke Brian Long, born at 7:36 p.m. Nov. 23, 2012, at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, weighing
    7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19-1/4 inches long. Maternal grandparents are Bill and Carrie Ann Tripp of Ash. Paternal grandparents are Terry and Delois Milliken of Ash and Jimmy Long of Maple Hill.

  • Thursday, Jan. 31
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    MahJong, 10 a.m., Boiling Spring Lakes Community Center, free. For more information, call 845-3693.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Editor’s note: This North Carolinian of Note profile was produced by students in Dean Emeritus Richard Cole’s feature writing class in the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Journalism and Mass Communication. The profiles were distributed by the North Carolina Press Foundation. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

  • Christy Nesbitt got the proposal of a lifetime Jan. 17 from fiancé Terry Chavis.

    That’s the day Chavis’ proposal, “Marry me, Christy,” was inscribed in the Holden Beach sand.

    Then the Laurinburg couple took flight over the coast so Christy, a nursing student, could see the proposal for herself.

    The popping of the big sand-question was originally supposed to take place a day earlier, on Nesbitt’s birthday.

  • Wine and chocolate—what better combination does one need to celebrate the month of valentines?

    That’s the way organizers of the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival feel about their most delicious fundraiser.

    This year’s “sweet affair” kicks off Friday night, Feb. 1, with a grand tasting from 7-10 p.m. at the Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

  • Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band of St. James Plantation will perform at a fundraiser Saturday for the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    The Feb. 2 event starts at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores.

    The south-end campus facility is off U.S. 17 at mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include a cash bar with wine and beer and snacks.

  • Even the most seasoned beachcomber can be excited and pleased to find a whole, intact sand dollar on the beach.
    A common sand dollar is another name for a particular type of “flattened” sea urchin. The common sand dollar is found in the Northern Hemisphere in temperate and tropical waters.
    On a good day at Ocean Isle Beach or Sunset Beach, you might find many sand dollars ranging in size from 1-4 inches in diameter.

  • In last week’s column, I talked about my investigation into rotisserie chicken. I’ve always wondered if they were a “good deal.” We all know you can’t beat them for their convenience, but there is also a saying, “If it’s too good to be true, it probably is.” They are not just simply a roasted chicken.
    While many companies label rotisserie chickens by saying they have no added steroids or no hormones, they all seem to have some added seasoning or flavoring.

  • By Shirley Waggoner-Eisenman
    Master Gardener
    In this area of North Carolina, protecting your plants from cold is easy enough to do, since our winters are mild; however, certain plants need protection from the cold to survive the winter months.
    Protecting your plants in winter does not mean you have to keep them warm. It simply means providing protection from damaging winds, snow, ice, alternate freezing and thawing of the soil and heat from the sun on cold days.

  • Church to host stew winner Feb. 9
    The 2012 Brunswick Stew Cook-off winner Oren Knicely will serve up his award-winning Brunswick Stew at Soldier Bay Church, on the corner of N.C. 130 and Longwood Road in Ash, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9.
    The stew will be sold by the quart to go, or by the bowl at the church. Served with hushpuppies and a drink. Desserts will also be available.