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Jo Ann Mathews

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Jo Ann was a freelance writer and English teacher before her husband, Steve, and she moved from Flossmoor, Illinois to Ocean Isle Beach in 2000. Both of them are Illinois natives, but Jo Ann loves to write and Steve loves to golf so Brunswick County offered the perfect venue. One of their sons is a naval officer and lives in Virginia Beach with his wife and their three sons. The other is an investment banker in San Francisco. Jo Ann enjoys swimming, jazz, needlepoint and her Kindle.
It is hard to believe that the small town of Southport, a place people flock to because of its quiet vibe, could offer such a dynamic and successful fitness program and facility. But it does. Cape Fear Fitness was...
The common cold has plagued the human race for centuries, but Brad Carter, a pharmacist at Thomas Drugs in Shallotte, has a solution: Carolina Crud Crusher. Carter developed this cough syrup and over the years, especially during a rough 2018...
Sinking a ship in peacetime appears to be counterproductive unless you understand artificial reefs. And in Brunswick County, a group is working hard to sink ships and maintain a healthy environment under our seas. According to the North Carolina Department...
Steve Simmons has gone seasonal incognito since he was in his 30s, and his own grandchildren didn’t recognize him when he appeared in his disguise. Simmons’ goal donning his decades-old red wool suit with the white fur is to...
From developing Meadowlands Golf Club to their many philanthropic pursuits, W.J. McLamb and family have made a mark on Brunswick County. It’s obvious that Teresa McLamb and her father, W.J. McLamb, Jr. share a mutual respect for each other. The...
Entering Spiritquest Healing Center in Ocean Isle Beach is like being enveloped by grandmother’s quilt. Kathy Gregory, clerk in the Center’s Angel Gift Shop, extends that warm feeling, and owner Lisa Ann reaffirms it. As she states on her...
Seafood is synonymous with Brunswick County, so Ann Hall and Carolyn Lockamy, both from the Holden Beach area of Supply, decided to tackle a project for the benefit of seafood lovers and the County. It happened, Ann explains, in February...
No Southern lady since when Scarlett O’Hara appeared in Gone with the Wind has received as much attention as a half-submerged shrimp boat near Holden Beach. “Southern Lady, Varnamtown, N.C.” was visible at its stern when it was moored on...
Anyone watching Gayle Todd lead a group of women in soul line dancing will want to jump in and join the fun. She has the rhythm and communicates the lively tempo to others. “Soul music depends on the beat,” Todd...
Jacqueline “Jack” DeGroot enrolled her daughter, Kimberly, at Cape Fear Academy in 1997 and drove from Sunset Beach twice each day. Within a few months that routine soured, so she dallied in Wilmington. Again, she reached an impasse. “I wrote...