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Today's Features

  • The annual Southern Cape Fear Bridal Showcase takes place every February and is a Southport Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce event, sponsored by 3 Cheers Party Rentals.
    “We were encouraged by the turnout at this year’s event, which could translate into exciting news for the wedding season in our area,” said Megan Canny, chamber events coordinator.

  • My wife and I were overwhelmed by the friendliness of everyone at the second annual chili cook-off fundraiser for the Brunswick County Relay for Life at the Sea Trail Plantation clubhouse a couple weeks ago. They made us feel right at home. And of course, the chili was great.
    The fundraiser was sponsored by the Sea Trail Strollers team, co-captained by Kate and John Goodrich. Kate had contacted me earlier and asked if I would be willing to be one of the judges for the event. I couldn’t say yes fast enough.

  • Thursday, Feb. 28
    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.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre is launching its 30th and most ambitious year ever.

    BLT’s first production of the season, “The Dixie Swim Club,” opens March 8 and continues through March 17 at Playhouse 211 at 1320 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211).

    Directed by George Shafer, this hilarious and touching comedy is about five Southern women who meet every year at the same beach cottage on North Carolina’s Outer Banks to renew friendships and recharge their lives.

  • Each year, Lions clubs throughout the world proudly sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than 4 million children from nearly 100 countries have participated.
    The theme of the 2012-13 Peace Poster Contest was “Imagine Peace.” Students ages 11, 12 or 13 on Nov. 15 were eligible to participate.

  • By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician
    During the winter months, it is necessary to offer protection to certain North Carolina landscape plants. Winter protection does not mean to keep plants warm, as this is virtually impossible, but to provide protection from damaging wind, heavy snow and ice, the alternate freezing and thawing of the soil beneath the plants and heat from the sun on very cold days.

  • Consuming raw or undercooked meats, poultry, seafood, shellfish or eggs may increase your risk of foodborne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions.
    Consumer advisories such as this are starting to appear on menus and walls at local restaurants. This is all part of the new food code adopted by the North Carolina Department of Environmental Health. These new rules went into effect last September and affect all food service operations in the state.

  • Wild Game Banquet to benefit churches
    The fifth annual Wild Game Banquet, a combined effort with the Brunswick Baptist Association, will take place from 9:30 a.m.-
    1 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at Mount Olive Baptist Church, 2919 Galloway Road in Bolivia, adjacent to mile-marker 24 on U.S. 17.

  • The media is crackling with the unusual news of a papal resignation. Roman Catholics are filled with wonderment. The pronouncement certainly caught everyone off guard. No recent precedent offered a softening effect.
    Questions filled the air. Speculation began in earnest. Who might be the next Pope? In what capacity will Pope Benedict XVI serve? What title might be his? Will he be Pope Emeritus, Bishop of Rome Emeritus? How will this affect the church?
    While the answers are yet to be discovered, or uncovered, there is much to note in response.

  • Lion Tom Snively, district leader dog chairman, was the guest speaker at the Shallotte Lions Club’s recent meeting. He described the process a trainer follows, as well as that of the Leader Dogs for the Blind School in Rochester, Mich., to qualify a dog for a blind person.
    Leader Dogs for the Blind would not exist today if not for Lions Clubs International. Beginning with the support of one club, Leader Dog is now supported by Lions clubs throughout the world.