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A couple of tom turkeys show off their plumage in a field near Stella recently, perhaps in the hopes of impressing a nearby female … and with Thanksgiving still eight months away. (Pete Rulon photo)

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School Nutrition Assistant Shalonda Young takes an order for a school lunch at Swansboro High School on Thursday, March 19. Onslow County Schools is offering free lunches, Monday-Friday, at several schools in the county while the COVID-19 closure is in effect. (Pete Rulon photo)

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Swansboro businesses are finding ways to serve the public in the face of extreme restrictions forced by the coronavirus pandemic.

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The shelves at the Swansboro Food Lion were cleaned out of toilet paper on Saturday, March 14, apparently in response to the spread of COVID-19. Based on news accounts from around the country, toilet paper was in great demand. For more on the coronavirus situation, including closings and pos…

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There is talent brimming in the band and chorus rooms of Onslow and Carteret counties, and that talent got a jolt of expertise recently when Charles Peltz came to visit.

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This white turkey has been spotted running with a flock in Stella over the past two years. The turkey has a condition known as Leucism, according to Toni O’Neil, executive director of Possumwood Acres Wildlife Sanctuary in Hubert. “Since there is some pigment, it does have the condition call…