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Community News

  • Community briefs

    Dancers to compete

    Caroline McMurray, 16, and Emily Benton, 14, have been receiving dance lessons from Jamie Watson of American Stepdance Revolution for the talent portion of their pageant competitions.

  • One woman is transforming her vision for a more sensitive community into a reality

    SHALLOTTE—Last year as Regina Evans recovered from a battle with breast cancer, she decided it was time to make a difference in the local community and started a support group for the visually impaired.

    When Evans was 3 years old, her grandmother tried to show her an airplane in the sky. Evans could not see the plane. Her parents took her to the eye doctor, who was discovered Evans was visually impaired.

  • Going once, going twice, gone to the highest bidder

    SHALLOTTE—There is a new business in town where fast-talking is the norm.

    Crow’s Nest Auction House and Treasure Mall opened last week at 4606 E. Main St. in the Confederate Rose building.

    Auctioneer Kent Calvin Ward is the owner, and he hosts two weekly auctions. Auctions are on Tuesday and Friday evenings at 6:30. Attendees are asked to arrive around 6 p.m. in order to register for bidding. Auctions are held out back in the crow’s nest (red barn) that has been transformed into an auction barn.

  • Community briefs

    Safe boating courses set

    The USCG Auxiliary Flotilla 10-05 will conduct one-day boating safety courses from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturdays at the Progress Energy Visitors Center, 8520 River Road SE (N.C. 87) in Southport.

    Classes are scheduled for March 19; April 9, 23; May 14, 28; June 18; July 16; and Aug. 6. Those who successfully complete the USCG Auxiliary ABS course and exam will be awarded U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary certificates and cards.

  • Tennant to talk about book at Coffee with the Authors

    Sunset River Marketplace art gallery in Calabash will present its monthly Coffee with the Authors series from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, March 3. Local children’s author Marsha Tennant is the scheduled presenter and will be talking about her book “Margaret, Pirate Queen” and the next book in the series.

    Children’s books, in particular, often have a particular event or person serving as inspiration for the writer. “Margaret, Pirate Queen” was motivated by both.

  • Community briefs

    New Hope Clinic sets hours

    New Hope Clinic is a nonprofit, free medical clinic for Brunswick County residents who have no insurance, no Medicaid and no Medicare, and have a household income that falls below 150 percent of the federal poverty level.

    Patients must complete eligibility verification annually by bringing proofs of income and residence in Brunswick County on Mondays from 1-3:30 p.m. or the first four Thursdays of each month from 1-4:30 p.m.

  • Community briefs

    Health Expo set

    Brunswick Community Hospital and the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office will host a free medication disposal event at the Brunswick Beacon Health Expo.

    The Health Expo will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at West Brunswick High School. 

    Brunswick Community Hospital pharmacy staff will be on hand to collect all unwanted and expired medications, including controlled substances, prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, liquids, inhalers and vitamins. All items will be accepted.

  • North Strand Sail and Power Squadron offers boat safety course March 5

    The North Strand Sail and Power Squadron, a unit of the United States Power Squadrons and headquartered in Little River, S.C., is offering its America’s Boating Course in a one-day format from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at Little River United Methodist Church in Little River, S.C.

    Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with coffee and donuts. A light lunch will also be provided for all participants. The only cost is for materials; a spouse or friend can share a book.

  • Prescription pill drop off Feb. 24

    Dosher Memorial Hospital, 924 N. Howe St. in Southport is sponsoring a drive-through drug and medication collection event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24.

    “Operation Medicine Cabinet” is intended to give residents in and around the Brunswick County area an opportunity to safely dispose of out-of-date or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. In addition, Dosher will be collecting pet medications and used hypodermic needles as well, according to Dosher Hospital Community Relations Director Kirk Singer. 

  • Karen Sphar wins tourism award

    North Carolina Coast Host has named Karen Sphar, executive vice president of the Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce, as its Tourism Person of the Year–Southern Region. The announcement was made at the organization’s annual membership meeting and awards luncheon at the Courtyard Marriott in Carolina Beach.