• Christy Nesbitt got the proposal of a lifetime Jan. 17 from fiancé Terry Chavis.

    That’s the day Chavis’ proposal, “Marry me, Christy,” was inscribed in the Holden Beach sand.

    Then the Laurinburg couple took flight over the coast so Christy, a nursing student, could see the proposal for herself.

    The popping of the big sand-question was originally supposed to take place a day earlier, on Nesbitt’s birthday.

  • Wine and chocolate—what better combination does one need to celebrate the month of valentines?

    That’s the way organizers of the Wilmington Wine & Chocolate Festival feel about their most delicious fundraiser.

    This year’s “sweet affair” kicks off Friday night, Feb. 1, with a grand tasting from 7-10 p.m. at the Coastline Conference & Event Center, 503 Nutt St. in Wilmington. Tickets are $50 in advance and $55 at the door.

  • Locally renowned Mike’s Garage Band of St. James Plantation will perform at a fundraiser Saturday for the Brunswick County Literacy Council.

    The Feb. 2 event starts at 6 p.m. at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center in Carolina Shores.

    The south-end campus facility is off U.S. 17 at mile marker 3 in Carolina Shores.

    Highlights include a cash bar with wine and beer and snacks.

  • Get ready for fun and games in Vegas, N.C.
    The Shallotte Rotary Club’s eighth annual Las Vegas Night is pulling out all stops Saturday night, Jan. 26, with an array of food and Vegas-style games.
    The annual fundraiser is from 6-10:30 p.m. at the Brunswick County Realtors Building at 101 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    “It’s the most fun event of the year,” said Doug Terhune, past Shallotte Rotary president, founder and official organizer of the festive night of gambling in Brunswick County.
    This year’s event follows a similar format as in years past, only bigger and better, Terhune said.

  • The Carolina Master Chorale and Mason Memorial Choir will perform “Hearts of Passion IV: A Gospel Valentine” at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Seaside United Methodist Church in Sunset Beach.

  • At a recent church function, a friend of mine leaned over to me and commented, “You can’t whisper to deaf people.”
    She continued to describe her feelings when people who know she has a difficulty understanding under ordinary conditions lean over to her and whisper a message in her ear, thinking she received it.

  • 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.

    By Katharine McAnarney
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • It’s that time of year again—Souper Bowl Saturday is just around the bend.

    For the fourth year, the GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club is having its delicious Souper Bowl fundraiser from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, in the fellowship hall at Shallotte Presbyterian Church.

    For each $15 per-ticket donation, attendees will receive a freshly glazed bowl handcrafted by a local potter, along with a piping hot serving of soup prepared by one of several participating eateries.

  • 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.

  • 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 to member newspapers. For reprint information, contact sandynie@email.unc.edu.

    By Cammie Bellamy
    UNC-Chapel Hill

  • 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.