• The “Chicken Soup for the Soul” book publishers have decided a Leland couple are the kind of storytellers who can fix what ails you.

    Malinda and David Fullingim have both had stories accepted for print in the book series in the past year.

    Both Malinda and David are ordained ministers, writers and educators, who moved to Leland in August 2011, when David began working for Cape Fear Community College

  • LELAND—Leland will host its first 5K race on Saturday, Feb. 2.

    That’s Groundhog Day, so Leland Parks and Recreation organizers are calling it the “Whistle Pig 5K”—a different way of saying groundhog.

    And the race itself is a different way of introducing the public to the new Westgate Nature Park.

    “It’s not a fundraiser, but we will do it at-cost. We want to raise awareness of the new park and promote health,” Neal Brooks, Leland Parks and Recreation director, said.

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  • TinaMarie Sifford had been looking for a good dog, one that could be her service dog.

    She finally found Whimsey, a Labrador retriever provided by NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. Whimsey has become her ears and at times even her eyes.

    Sifford has been deaf all her life.

    “I was born with rubella,” the Shallotte resident said.

    When she was born, she had only 3 percent of her hearing ability.

  • 2013 is a brand-new year with fresh weight-loss options.

    One of them is Weight-Wise Woman offered by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation.

    It’s a 16-week behavioral weight-management program for women ages 18-64 with a body-mass index (BMI) of 27 or higher.

    Each session has a behavioral objective to help participants reach goals using supplemental information and strategies.

  • He’s renowned as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” and he’s coming to Brunswick County.

    Tomas Kubinek’s one-man show has been described in many ways, from “physical poet, verbal acrobat” and “needless risk-taker” to “professor of fantastically useless inventions” and “arduous advocate of the commonplace miracle.”

    But probably the best way to take in the Kubinek experience is to see him for yourself.

  • The Coastal Carolina Camera Club is exhibiting members’ photographs in the art gallery of Silver Coast Winery through the end of January.

    The show, which kicked off with a reception Jan. 5, features an array of subjects and photos shot by members of the club.

    Club members span the spectrum of experience and photography forms, including point-and-shoot, digital and 35 mm and integrated advanced digital cameras.

  • Andy Thompson, Shallotte

    “To learn something new.”


    Sandy Strickland, Little River, S.C.

    “To get healthier, to donate more time and effort for volunteering and spoil my nephew Zane.”


    Anna Woodard, Ash

    “To enjoy every second with my new baby boy Gray and with my family and friends.”


    Cheryl Lewis, Whiteville:

    “To continue to raise two beautiful and healthy kids, Gavin and Riley. My kids are my No. 1 priority.”

  • SHALLOTTE—Four young women spent their Christmas vacation helping others.

    Amelia, Angelique, Autumn and Alexis Apple are four sisters who learned a valuable lesson about giving this Christmas season.

    They spent hours assisting Brunswick Family Assistance during its annual Christmas Basket/Tree of Hope program. They were assisted by their mother, Trisha Apple. They sorted toys and helped make sure each registered family received items on their lists.

  • Just in time for the new year, Leland has an updated website at www.townofleland.com.

    “We changed the format and hope it is a little easier to manage,” town manager David Hollis told the town council at a Dec. 20 meeting. That was the first day the updated site went live.

    Hollis said Sabrena Reinhardt, the town staff’s executive assistant who was hired in May, was instrumental in the redesign.

    “Sabrena has worked on this since the summer. It was a lot of work,” Hollis said.

  • 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—Leland officials are talking about creating a new downtown.

    Officials talked about development in a planning workshop Dec. 9-12.

    Town manager David Hollis said the town approved the Flexcode zoning in 2011 to promote the mixed-use development they want to encourage in downtown Leland.

    However, Flexcode zoning is optional. Developers have been able to consider traditional zoning for the area.

    Hollis said the town intends to make Flexcode standard zoning beginning in 2013.

  • WINGS Ministry’s Backpack Full of Blessings program strives to do on the weekends what school breakfast and lunch programs do all week—keep kids from going hungry.

    Blessings organizer Missy Settlemyre said they are trying to make Brunswick County residents aware of the need here. She would like to see every school served by the program.

  • LELAND—Leland police provided Grannies Raising Grandkids with a day to shop with a cop Sunday.

    And the department’s Christmas cheer continues when they play Santa Cop Dec. 23-24.

    “We had four grandmas with 10 grandkids between them,” Leland community resource and crime prevention officer Ernie Mejia said.

    Police chief Mike James spearheaded the department’s participation with Grannies Raising Grandkids.

  • The Lockwood Folly community said goodbye to its property owners association president by naming a community park after him.

    Gordon Ackley Park was dedicated Dec. 1.

    “He was extremely involved in the community. He knew every blade of grass; he knew the history, he knew all the people,” said Joe Geise, president of the Lockwood Folly POA who served as vice president under Ackley.

    Geise said Ackley’s goal was to make Lockwood Folly’s POA the model of how a POA should operate in North Carolina.

  • Wilbur Rabon was one of more than two dozen Rabon-family members at the Dec. 3 Brunswick County commissioners meeting for the swearing in of his niece, Register of Deeds Brenda Mercer Clemmons.

    As he stood at the front of the room to hold the Bible for Clemmons, he did not realize he was set up to be the center of attention.

  • Holiday skating is yours for the taking at Christmas on Ice, a seasonal show featured at the Palace Theatre at Broadway at the Beach in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The third annual, two-hour show by the producers of Spirit of the Dance features championship ice skaters, top-notch high-kicking skaters this side of New York, and favorite Christmas songs performed by the best of Broadway and London’s West End.

  • Brunswick Concert Band is teaming with Brunswick Little Theatre Singers to present “Holiday Melodies” this yuletide season.

    Two performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 14, at Hatch Auditorium at Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 16, in Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Selections performed range from traditional carols to old favorites with a new twist.

    The concerts are directed by Debbie Skillman (singers) and Tom Smicklas (band).

  • Light up your yuletide this season with the Holiday Laser Music Show at Ingram Planetarium in Sunset Beach.

    Show time is 4 p.m. Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at the planetarium at 7625 High Market Street.

    The show features colorful laser images displayed on the domed ceiling of the planetarium’s SciDome Sky Theater, to the accompaniment of classic holiday music like “Sleigh Ride,” “Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy,” “Winter Wonderland” and “Jingle Bell Rock.”

  • Do you have a secret longing to showcase your hidden talent?

    You and your musical or literary showmanship need be secret no more.

    Every month, Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co., 4635 Main St. in Shallotte, showcases singers, musicians and poetry readers alike at its open-mic night.

    The next open-mic night is slated to begin at 5 p.m. this Thursday, Dec. 6, at the coffee shop. It will continue until 7:30 p.m. or shortly before 8 p.m., Jumpin Java employee Edith Garcia said.