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Sacred Heart's new bell has a familiar ring to it. By Bob Liepa, Staff Writer State Port Pilot

Feb 21, 2024  On a bitterly cold morning in Southport, there was an event to warm the hearts of Sacred Heart Catholic Church parishioners.

Eight months after it was removed from the roof of a private home, an 82-year-old church bell was returned to Sacred Heart Catholic Church, where it now sits atop a new portico.

The bell was donated to the church by Mimi and Tom Gregory of Southport, owners of the North Caswell Street home that had been the site of the church before it moved to its current location at Dosher Cutoff SE in 1991.


The church had dedicated the bell on May 4, 1941.

Becky and the late Bert Felton purchased the North Caswell Road property in 1993 and began renovating it in January of 1995. The renovation was completed that September. They remodeled the church to be their home while retaining the character of the original building and restoring the bell.

Last June a team of five parish volunteers removed the two-by-two-foot bell, which weighed about 200 pounds.

On Feb. 7, Charles Bruce and John Mattel, both of St. James, joined forces with Ryan Kiniry of Southport, Joe Reilly of Oak Island and Tom Watson of Boiling Spring Lakes to lift the bell atop the portico and install it in a bell tower.


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“It looks awesome,” Reilly said. “With that blue sky behind it, it looks amazing.”


It was easier placing the bell in its new home than it was taking it down from its previous location, in part because the refurbished bell is some 20 pounds lighter since pieces of it were removed.

“It went up there pretty quick,” said Bruce.

The bell also looks different: it has been sandblasted and painted gold.

“The accent of the color with the black, it looks like it’s been a part of the church this whole entire time,” Kiniry said. “You know, it just looks beautiful.

“Now I just can’t wait to hear what it sounds like before mass.”

When the work was completed, Bruce and others took photos of the church’s newest addition.

“It came out great,” he said. “I envisioned it just the way it is. I wanted it to look like it was built when the church was built, and I think we accomplished that.”

Governor Cooper Honors Mike's Garage Band

On Tuesday May 9, 2017, North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper presented Medallion Awards for Volunteer Service to honorees at the State Capitol in Raleigh. Included in this deserving group was our area's very own Mike's Garage Band (MGB), and a member of MGB is Brother Knight Chuck Krambuhl.


MGB has raised $720,000 in donations since Mike Haase formed the St. James group in 2011. In addition to Mike and Chuck, other current band members are Dave Reed, Mike Horgan, Dave Holly, Tony DeFillipis, and John Staryak. They play at many, many events (including KOC functions) during the year, providing their time, talent, and energy, and taking no compensation.


"Volunteerism teaches us all that we need to know about being good neighbors and better citizens," Governor Cooper said. Volunteers are the best of us, and those of you being honored today have gone above and beyond. 


The Governor's Medallion Award for Volunteer Service was founded by the North Carolina Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service in 2006. The award recognizes the top 20 to 25 volunteers in the state each year. Medallion Award recipients are nominated at the county level then evaluated by a panel of community service leaders from across the state. Medallion Award recipients are honored at an annual recognition ceremony, where they receive a medallion signifying their accomplishments and service to the community. Award selections are based on the nominee's volunteer efforts and commitment of time, accomplishments, community impact and enhancement of the lives of others.


The Sacred Heart Knights offer hearty and well deserved congratulations to Brother Chuck and the rest of the guys in MGB.

Knight Chet Michewicz Featured in the State Port Pilot on Cancer Fundraiser

Our very own Chet Michewicz was recently was profiled by our friends at the State Port Pilot for his participation in cancer research fundraising. 


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Relay for Life Laps the Field

by Sarah Shaw Wilson

Staff Writer - State Port Pilot

May 10, 2017


St. James resident Chet Michewicz has been cancer-free since 2004. When he learned about Brunswick County Relay for Life in 2007, he and his wife, Monica, began participating each year, sharing the survivors’ lap with other county residents who have battled cancer along with their caregivers and spouses.

On Friday May 5th, the two once again took their place on the West Brunswick High School track to celebrate survivors, honor the memories of those who have passed and raise money for the American Cancer Society’s research. “That’s why I do it,” Chet said. “It’s a nice community event.” Monica says her favorite aspect of Relay is that her husband is able to participate as a survivor.

Relay for Life is the American Cancer Society’s signature fundraiser, in which fundraising teams form and set up themed campsite, continuing their fundraising efforts by collecting donations for food, goods, games, and activities.  Brunswick County’s relay is a 12-hour event held every year on the West Brunswick High School track. This year’s theme was “Wish Upon a Cure,” and the Brunswick County Scholarship Queens provided some fairy tale-style entertainment. Relay walkers enjoyed the fresh air, sunshine and even some freshly cooked barbecue, chicken and seafood dinners provided by local team members.

Relay Event Chair Teresa Houser said 50 teams committed to participate in the 2017 event, and that her committee had been planning since September. “I just want people to come out and have a good time,” Houser said just as the survivors were beginning to congregate on the WBHS track. As of Friday evening, team members had raised more than $135,000 for cancer research. The total amount raised will be tallied May 25.