Today's Features

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Brunswick Big Band

    When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug 27

    Where: South Brunswick Islands Center

    How much: Free

    Citizen demand has spurred Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center to launch a cultural arts and lecture series, starting with a performance by Brunswick Big Band at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Additional highlights include hors d’oeuvres and dancing.

  • Band of Oz’s beginnings date back to 1967 in the eastern North Carolina town of Grifton, where a bunch of musical grammar and high school boys started jamming as The Avengers.

    The fledgling guitar-and-keyboard ensemble was hauled around in a Chevy station wagon pulling a little red trailer as a part-time band playing sock hops, private parties and an occasional club, whenever an owner would risk having them.

    In the latter 1960s, the group brought in a horn section, leading to major changes in its sound and membership.

  • Called one of the hottest bands in the Southeast, The Mark Roberts Band specializes in suitable-for-dancing sounds of beach and classic rock.

    The Wilmington-based band is heating up the next Ocean Isle Beach summer concert stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    The band’s don’t-miss style is described as soulful, dynamic and downright magical.

    “Our shows are designed to touch everyone,” says band namesake/front man Mark Roberts, who also serves as lead vocalist.

  •  Toni Mitchem, daughter of Micheal and Tonya Mitchem, has earned the opportunity to attend Nationals through her successfully scored events of second runner-up Miss Photogenic and N.C. state finalist at National American Miss N.C. Pageant. The National Pageant is to be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the state of North Carolina and Brunswick County, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.

  •  Army Pfc. Akhiba D. Chevers, daughter of Mariel Swanson of Carolina Shores and sister of Teressa Chevers-Brumfield of Fayetteville, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

  •  By Linda Arnold

    Life Columnist

    We’ve all been there. Someone makes a random comment and it drives you right up the wall!

    Whenever something impacts you in such a deep way, it’s usually because of a belief or fear you have on some level.

  •  Sam Marshall, Horticulture Agent

    NC Cooperative Extension, Brunswick County Center


    Fall armyworms marching to a lawn near you

  •  Our neighbors moved away last year. While we were sad to see them go, something great resulted from their move to a colder climate: We took possession of their fig tree. It was in a large container when we adopted it, but we’ve since planted it in our yard. Both years we’ve harvested figs. They’re ready right now.

  •  It’s back-to-school time! Yellow buses cruising neighborhoods, stores shouting sales on student supplies and millions of children begging for an extra hour of sleep. As you prepare your family for the coming school year, don’t forget your pets. Those lazy days of summer are soon to be interrupted by early morning chaos and frenzy, creating anxiety in many dogs and cats.

  •  By John Nelson

    You think it’s hot now? It’s just the beginning of August. It’s time for everyone to take a deep, air-conditioned breath and figure out ways to deal with the weather.

    One way is to remember that before long, there will be signs of autumn (so soon?) and eventually everything will be cooling off, with displays of autumnal blooming everywhere. Our mystery plant is one of the autumn-bloomers and it packs an olfactory punch.