Community News

  • Volunteers needed to help with local schools

     Communities in Schools of Brunswick County Inc. (CIS) provides the Adopt-A-School and Volunteer Program to Brunswick County Schools to enhance the quality of education by bringing the community and its resources to the children. 

    Through business, church, agency and civic group partnerships brokered for each individual school, CIS helps schools in their efforts to provide a better education for the children of Brunswick County.

  • Taste of Brunswick County, gala around the corner

     Prepare your palate for an evening of culinary delights at the year’s premier dining experience—from shrimp ’n grits and crab dip to barbecue and prime rib, Brunswick County offers the best of regional cooking and more.

    And there is only one place where you can sample the culinary creations of the area’s finest chefs. Join Communities in Schools Oct. 21 for the 9th annual Benefit Gala for Children featuring A Taste of Brunswick County.

  • Rourk Branch Library celebrates Summer Reading Club

    The Summer Reading Club program has come to an end at Rourk Branch Library. The theme this year was “Make A Splash: Read!” It made a “splash” with reading and special guests.

    The Lelepali family returned again this year, getting the program off to a start with their musical talents, celebrating the diversity of the tropical islands. Readers were treated to songs and dances spanning cultures from Tahiti to Hawaii.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Hitch 22” by Christopher Hitchens. The candid, personal history of a complicated man.

    “Life Is What You Make It” by Peter Buffet. Personal and revealing, this book is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny and living your life to the fullest.


  • Weight loss program donates food equal to weight lost

    Weight Wise Women (WWW), the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation weight management class, donated more than 315 pounds of food at their final meeting to Brunswick County’s local food bank, Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The weight loss program is in partnership with the Obesity Prevention Initiative of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

  • Community news briefs

    Next JumpStart event set

    The Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce’s JumpStart Speed Networking event will now be open to all business people interested in promoting their businesses.

    A hot breakfast buffet will be included, courtesy of Starz Grille at Planet Fun in Shallotte. The cost is $10 per person for non-members. Members of the Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce can attend at no charge.

  • Dosher to have medication collection event

    Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport will once again sponsor a drive-through drug and medication collection event from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 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 collect pet medications and used hypodermic needles as well, according to Dosher Hospital Community Relations Director Kirk Singer. 

  • New Books available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Encyclopedia of Sewing and Fabric Crafts” by Martha Stewart. Basic techniques for sewing, appliqué, embroidery, quilting, dyeing and printing, plus 150 inspired projects from A to Z.

    “Priceless” by Robert K. Wittman. How he went undercover to rescue the world’s stolen art treasures.


  • Community briefs

    Crisis Center seeks volunteers

    The Rape Crisis Center of Brunswick County provides 24/7 crisis response for victims of sexual assault in the community and volunteers play an important role in making sure those services can be offered.

    Volunteer training is being offered from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 28. Lunch will be provided. If interested in attending, contact Deanna Stoker at 754-7949 or e-mail dstoker@coastalhorizons.org.

    Thrift Shop needs donations

  • Quilts on display at Franklin Square Gallery in Southport

    The Oak Island Beach Quilters 17th annual quilters challenge is now on display at the Franklin Square Gallery in Southport.

    There are 19 pieces in this year’s show. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite quilt. At the end of the show, one quilter will receive the People’s Choice award. Visit the exhibit now through Aug. 21 and cast your vote.