Today's Features

  • Do you want to be a safe and smart boater? Do you want your loved ones to be safe and smart boaters?
    The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron will be offering its America’s Boating Course as a one-day class from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 2, at the J. Bryan Floyd Community Center, 1030 Possum Trot Road in North Myrtle Beach, S.C. Coffee, donuts and a light lunch will be provided.
    The course offers useful materials and information about many boating safety topics, including boat handling, piloting skills, navigational charts and adverse conditions.

  • St. Brendan begins gun control campaign
    In response to the massacre in Newtown, Conn., St. Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church in Shallotte has begun a campaign to curb the epidemic of gun violence in the United States. All people of goodwill are invited to participate.
    Petitions are available for all parishioners and other members of the community to sign. Once signed, these petitions will be sent to lawmakers on the federal, state and local levels.

  • From the opening pages of Yann Martel’s novel “Life of Pi,” the reader is faced with the reality of suffering as a gift in human life.
    He reminds us, “When you’ve suffered a great deal in life, each additional pain is both unbearable and trifling.”
    If no other message was gleaned from this magical parable, this one is more than sufficient. Certainly, Pi suffered, from the torment he received as a result of his given name to the tragic losses he endured as an orphaned youth.

  • Chocolate and wine pairing at Silver Coast
    Enjoy a chocolate piece of “the rock” at a chocolate and wine pairing presented by Silver Coast Winery on Feb. 16-17. The pairing will consist of sampling two chocolates bars with different wines. Cost is $15 per person.
    On Feb. 16 at Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach, there will be three seatings: at noon, 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.
    On Feb. 17 in its Tasting Room at 105 S. Howe St. in Southport, there will be three seatings: 1 p.m.,
    2:30 p.m. and 4 p.m.

  • The 16th annual Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) takes place from Feb. 15-18.
    Hosted by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology and the National Audubon Society, the GBBC collects valuable information about changes in patterns of bird distribution and numbers throughout the United States and Canada. This year, for the first time, the event goes global, when the GBBC integrates with eBird, a worldwide bird data collection program.

  • Contrary to what many believe, London broil is a manner of preparing the meat, not actually a cut of meat. They are famous for being especially moist and tender.
    London broil is a cut of flank steak or top round, generally about 1 inch thick, and is typically prepared by broiling the steak.
    The trick is to cut this steak into thin slices against the grain before serving. This will ensure that the meat is easiest to cut and chew.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Ilah Nicole Zettlemoyer and Brett Lee Coe, both of Huntington, W.Va. The bride-elect is the daughter of Eric and Beth Zettlemoyer of Supply. She is a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School and a 2011 graduate of Marshall University. The prospective groom is the son of Bob and Becky Coe of Eaton Rapids, Mich. He is a 2012 graduate of Marshall University. An April 13 wedding is planned at the Marshall University Christian Center in Huntington, W.Va.

  • 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.