Today's Features

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club hosted its annual awards presentation and Christmas social on Dec. 11 at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.
    Jody Hazzard, publisher and editor-in-chief of Grand Strand Magazine, judged the print of the year competition, which included all winning competition prints during the year.
    Jerry Koons image, “I Have Lunch,” was selected as the winner. The photographer of the year award was also presented to Koons for accumulating the most points in bi-monthly competition.

  • Deadline to enter pageant is Jan. 1
    Applications are now available for the 2013 Brunswick County Purple Ribbon Pageant that will take place Feb. 3. It is a registered Relay for Life team and is involved in other charities throughout Brunswick County.
    The pageant is a natural system, meaning no makeup, fake teeth or fake hair on little girls. Age divisions for girls include Baby Miss and Queen. Deadline to enter is Jan. 1, 2013.
    For more information or an application, contact Holly Shepard, director, at 465-5146 or email shepard2005@gmail.com.

  • By Judy Koehly
    Brunswick County Master Gardener
    If you would like to have an abundance of flowers without spending hours and hours on maintenance your wish is my command!  Here are my tips for having a beautiful garden without investing a ton of time or money:  

  • This past year I’ve frequently written in this column about food safety at home and in restaurants. This week I’m reviewing of the basic concepts by suggesting some “food safety” New Year resolutions that can help prevent you or a family member from getting a food-borne illness.
    Another good thing: These resolutions may be easier to keep than most and they might save you a trip to the doctor or hospital.
    •I will wash my hands and encourage kids to wash their hands before eating.

  • In the days after Hurricane Sandy ripped across the East Coast, local veterinarian Dr. Patrick Terry was on the phone with a fellow vet on Long Island.
    “He said it was cold and miserable and people were really suffering,” said Terry, co-owner of Brunswick Forest Veterinary Hospital in Leland. “He said they just really needed help and when somebody asks for help, what makes the system work is if we go and help them.”
    So he did.

  • Do any of you have any special foods that you eat on New Year’s Day to bring good luck?
    We always have pork and sauerkraut on New Year’s Day. I don’t exactly know why. This is just a tradition passed down from generation to generation. Pork and sauerkraut is always the first meal of the year. It’s supposed to bring good luck throughout the year. I have no idea why.

  • Because of the holiday, some clubs and organizations may have altered schedules. Call ahead before planning to attend.

  • Party rentals, caters, venues, florists, cake bakeries, wine shops, video productions, disc jockeys, accommodations, photographers, transportation, wedding officials and planners all specializing in weddings will be at the Southern Cape Fear Bridal Expo from
    1-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 17, at the Southport Community Building.

  • CALABASH—The steady wind blowing Friday afternoon made it too cold for motorcycles, but provided a good reason to be indoors for the STR 8 GAS Bike Club’s Christmas party at the Calabash VFW building.

    Club members usually ride in their black leather vests, but with four days until Christmas they wore them to play Santa’s helpers.

    Club members often ride for a reason, having fundraisers for sick, disabled or injured community members.

  • LELAND—Wave Transit has added more bus routes in Leland, expanding service to Leland Middle School, North Brunswick High School and Brunswick Forest.

    At Leland’s town board meeting Dec. 20, Wave executive director Albert Eby and planning and development director Megan Matheny announced the route expansion would begin on Feb. 4, 2013.

    Wave has run a Brunswick connector from Wilmington to Leland for six years, Eby said.