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Today's Features

  • Halloween is a holiday celebrated on the night of Oct. 31. Most other Western countries have also embraced Halloween as a part of American pop culture.
    Halloween is also called Pooky Night in some parts of Ireland, presumably named after the pookah, a mischievous spirit.
    Many European cultural traditions believe that Halloween is when the spirit world can make contact with the natural world and when magic is most potent.

  • Thursday, Oct. 18
    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.
    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.

  • Dr. Richard and Kristina Crane of Ocean Isle Beach are the parents of a daughter, Evelyn Helen Crane, born at 9:34 p.m. Sept. 29 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, weighing 6 pounds and 2 ounces and measuring 19 inches long. She joins a brother, Weston, age 2.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Pumpkin Day

    When: Saturday, Oct. 20

    Where: Indigo Farms

    Admission: Free; some charges for activities

    Autumn is a busy time of year at Indigo Farms, which is celebrating its annual Pumpkin Day this coming Saturday, Oct. 20, with an array of seasonal festivities.

    Pumpkin Day offers lots of old farm games, pig races, a hay maze and rides aboard the wagon to the pumpkin patch to pick a pumpkin.

  • Brunswick County has the chance to be a part of a hometown hero’s wedding.

    Kim Munley and Brandon Meredith of Kure Beach are recipients of Operation Marry Me Military’s grand prize wedding.

    Munley grabbed national attention after heroically ending the Fort Hood massacre that left 13 people dead in 2009. Munley shot the suspect four times and was shot herself in the exchange. She had to have a knee replacement as a result of the gunshots.

  • Retired educators to meet Oct. 15
    The Retired School Personnel of Brunswick County will meet at 10 a.m. Monday, Oct. 15, at the Progress Energy Visitors Center. Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram will be the guest speaker, and will discuss the new and continuing programs for retirees. All retired educators are welcome to attend.

  • Fall festival is Oct. 20
    Sonrise Baptist Church, 8375 River Road SE in Southport, will have its fall festival from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 20. It will be a day of fun for the whole family, filled with games, prizes, food, hayrides, a cakewalk and a moonwalk with a slide.
    Bethel homecoming planned for Oct. 14
    Bethel United Methodist Church in Bolivia will have its annual homecoming on Sunday, Oct. 14, beginning with special services and music at 11 a.m. The Rev. Mark Murphy is pastor. Food and fellowship will follow the services.

  • We were chattering away, enjoying each other’s company and eager to share news, views, opinions, challenges and comfort. It was our weekly meeting to search the Scriptures for the word, or words, God had for each of us.
    The session was to begin with prayer at 9:30 in the morning. It never did. Always, there was the pre-study gathering time, time to renew ourselves as we reviewed the events of the previous week. We arrived separately to become community. We needed time and space before we could gather ourselves into the uniqueness of the group.

  • On Saturday, Sept. 15, the Brunswick County 4-H Cooperative Extensions youth program had a Teens in Leadership Training (TiLT) recruitment day. The day was designed to inform new teens about the program, offer them a sample of a workshop, as well as reward former TiLT teens with a fun outing.
    Nine teens participated and learned the 4-H National Youth Science Experiment, “Eco-Bot Challenge,” to help facilitate programming for younger youth. Seven TiLT teens were joined by two youth interested in joining the program.

  • Originally founded in 1904 as National Apple Week, it has now been expanded to the entire month. It’s a perfect month to enjoy all the flavors that the fall harvest has to offer and nothing says it better than crisp apples.
    There are about 2,500 known varieties of apples grown in the United States, but only 15 varieties make up the majority of apple production. These include: Braeburn, Cortland, Empire, Fuji, Gala, Ginger Gold, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Idared, Jonagold, Jonathan, McIntosh, Red Delicious and Rome. Do you have a favorite?