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Melissa Slaven Warren

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Melissa is a freelance writer who lives in Sunset Beach. She earned her BA in English and Masters in Liberal Studies from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington. She’s been a freelance business writer, feature article author, non-fiction essayist, technical editor, entrepreneur, product and brand manager. Her work has appeared in Our State magazine and she is a regular contributor to local publications. In her spare time Melissa enjoys water sports and coastal living with her husband Bill and 110 lb. rescue dog, aptly named Bear.
Meet the young go-getters who are shaping Brunswick County’s future. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Lindsey A. Miller The future of any community relies on the individual and collective leadership skills of its citizens to make their neighborhoods work for everybody. Brunswick County is...
Most of us take for granted having clean water to drink, to cook with, and to bathe. But for many women and children living in countries like India, many in Africa, the Philippines, and Honduras, the trek for water...
The boiling point for water is 212 degrees. When water boils, it creates steam. “With steam, you can power a nuclear power plant,” explains Tara Cumbee, a fifth-grade teacher at Union Elementary in Shallotte. “I tell my students that...
Brothers Michael and Ben Powell trade surfing all over the world for building community in their coffee shops. It’s been said by probably more than one surfer that every wave becomes a race to get somewhere else. So when Michael...
Lockwood Folly Country Club and Golf Course is a hidden gem in Brunswick County. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Mark Steelman With acres of course winding through salt marshes, creeks, trees and fields, Lockwood Folly Country Club and Golf Course is the only golf...
Sunset Vision and the State of North Carolina honor Frank Nesmith for his dedication to Bird Island and the Kindred Spirit Mailbox. For 25 years Frank Nesmith helped lead the fight to preserve Bird Island, the undeveloped barrier island situated...
With eight races and more than 6,000 runners a year, Coastal Race Productions keeps Brunswick County moving. PHOTOGRAPHY BY Genie Leigh Photography Ten years ago Johnna Terragna ran her first marathon. Crossing that finish line meant way more to her than...
Not every teen that commits a petty crime or even a low-level misdemeanor offense is an at-risk juvenile. The truth is that kids make mistakes. And when those first-time infractions occur, it’s nice to know for some offenders that...
There are plenty of reasons to go to Fantasy Isle Ice Cream & Mini Golf in Holden Beach. The homemade waffle cones are sensational, the Death by Chocolate ice cream is decadent, and the all-day miniature golf pass gives...
You’ve waited all year for the social event of your school career. It’s Prom time! One by one, you’ve ticked the items off your checklist: the right date, the right hair, the right shoes, and, of course, the right...