Today's Features

  • The Flip Flop Ball means just what it says.

    This year’s third annual fundraiser for the Novant Health Foundation Brunswick Medical Center, set for 7 to 11 p.m. Saturday, May 31, at Brick Landing Plantation, will incorporate dancing to beach music, and flip-flops are welcome.

    Music will be provided this year by the Sea-Cruz band and Sea Pans, a steel drum ensemble.

    Highlights include cocktails and island cuisine in addition to dancing. This year’s event co-chairs are Cindy Cheatham and Jonathan Tait.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  I was happily, well not so happily, attacking my morning exercise on the treadmill with the radio at high volume to distract me from the challenging chore when I heard the announcement. “NPR continues a series of conversations about the Race Card Project where thousands of people have submitted their thoughts on race and cultural identity in six words.” My attention was immediately caught.

  •  Gary and Erika Blanchard of Clarendon are the proud parents of a son, Cameron Gary Blanchard, born at 8:03 p.m. April 17 at Columbus Regional Healthcare System, weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 21-1/4 inches in length.

    Maternal grandparents are Marco and Barbara Long of Whiteville.

    Paternal grandparents are Gary and Ruth Blanchard of Clarendon.

  •  The George Washington and Lydia Anna Hewett Lewis 33rd annual family reunion will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 1, with a covered dish lunch at the senior center in Carolina Beach, 308 Cape Fear Blvd. For more information, call Dave Lewis at 842-7972 or Ouida Hewett at 842-6017.

  •  The USS Mount McKinley Association will have its 26th annual reunion in Colorado Springs, Colo., Sept. 17-21 for veterans and associate members from all branches of the military that served on the Amphibious Force Flagship, USS Mount McKinley AGC/LCC-7 and associate members from the Flagship Alliance group that served on one of the other AGCs during their years of commissioned service.

    Call Dwight L. Janzen, secretary, at (509) 534-3649 or email djanzen4@msn.com.

  • He’s a self-made businessman and artist who in recent years has been donning yet another hat as an author.

    Just a few years ago, widely known Fayetteville entrepreneur and metal sculptor David McCune caught a writing bug and started putting pen to paper.

    One of his inspirations was his mom, Betty McCune, who died in January 2010 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. McCune’s first book, “Death, Divorce, Alzheimer’s,” conveys how the disease affects the family as much as it does the patient.

  • SUNSET BEACH — The Old Sunset Beach Bridge has received a Preservation Award of Community Leadership from the Historic Wilmington Foundation.

    Announcement of the award, the first ever for a bridge, came last week at the New Hanover County Courthouse as the Old Bridge Preservation Society was gearing up for the opening of the new Museum at the Old Bridge this past weekend, May 24 and 25.

  • BBQ and Bluegrass will permeate Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center on Friday, May 30.

    The event, scheduled from 6 p.m. “until,” will feature the Flatland Ramblers and Friends to benefit the Academy of Coastal Carolina.

    Other highlights include a BBQ dinner, dancing, a silent auction, an art show and face-painting.

    Tickets are $25 and $10 for ages 6 through 12. Children 5 and younger will be admitted free.

    SBIC is at 9400 Ocean Hwy. W. near Calabash.

  •  With all these warm, blue sky days over the last few weeks, it’s time to fire up those outdoor grills and enjoy some great home-grilled cuisine. Grilling has become more popular year after year, but there is a misconception concerning outdoor cooking. Most everyone assumes that if you’re cooking outside, then you must be “barbecuing.” Not so!