Today's Features

  • Officers

    President: Stacey McCumbee

    Secretary: Mike Kirchner

    Treasurer: Steve Mill

    President-elect: John Surito


    First and third Wednesdays at noon at Planet Fun at 349 Whiteville Road (N.C. 130) in Shallotte

    It’s official, the newly revived Kiwanis Club of Shallotte-South Brunswick Islands announced on its Facebook page June 13.

  • Patriotic Americans are once again expected to turn out en masse to celebrate Independence Day with annual events planned this week.

    Ocean Isle Beach

    The Ocean Isle Beach Property Owners Association is kicking off its Fourth of July Freedom Celebration with fireworks at 9 Tuesday night at the OIB Pier (rain date 9 p.m. July 6).

    The annual Fourth of July Parade is at 10 a.m. Wednesday with decorated floats, golf carts, bicycles and walkers that will be judged and prizes awarded.

  • By Sam Marshall


    Did you know that your backyard has the ability to support more than 1,000 different species of insects at any given time? Given that there may be upwards of 10 quintillion individual insects on the planet at one time, it should come as no surprise that insects have a remarkable ability to adapt an amazing diversity of habitats, including our backyards. So read on to learn more about you can protect pollinators.


    Why the urgency?

  • Marilyn Tully and Len Pietrafesa were married June 22, 1968, in Bloomfield, N.J.

    They met in Chicago and after marrying, moved to Corvallis, Ore., and then to Seattle. They settled in Raleigh, where they raised three daughters.

    Since they retired — Len from N.C. State and Marilyn from Wake County Public Schools — they moved to Ocean Isle Beach and Charlotte, where they spend their time golfing, traveling the world and enjoying their four grandchildren.

  • In case you didn’t get the memo, today (June 21) is the first day of summer. It seems to me, though, it actually started a few weeks earlier.

    We all enjoy grilling meats on our outdoor grills this time of year, especially during these hot, summer months. Heating up the kitchen oven doesn’t seem like a good option for me.

  • By John Nelson

  • By Linda Arnold


    With this past Sunday, another Father’s Day is in the books.

    Since this holiday is in the immediate rear-view mirror, it’s a perfect time to evaluate its impact not only from the standpoint of last Sunday, but for the entire year.


    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic “Norman Rockwell” definition of a healthy family, this was likely a pleasant day for you. Continue to celebrate those special connections.

  • Lauren Hillary Liles and Tyler Morris Lancaster, both of Raleigh, were united in marriage Saturday, May 19, at Shady Wagon Farm in New Hill.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Liles Jr. of Raleigh. She is the granddaughter of Mr. Ned W. LaFevers and the late Doris LaFevers and the late Mr. and Mrs. Henry Van Liles Sr., all of Morganton.

  • Over the past few years, I’ve been getting a lot of questions about the benefits for bone broths for pets. I’ve got to be honest, I’m skeptical about some of the health claims the bone broth brotherhood claim, and there’s little scientific evidence to back its widespread usage. That said, I’m not against trying bone broths for your pets, as long as you’re informed and use the safest meat or poultry.