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Today's Features

  • Alexander Vereen Luke, a member of Boy Scout Troop 26, achieved the rank of Eagle in September. Luke formally accepted the rank July 18 at Halyburton Park, where he had previously completed his Eagle Scout project. The ceremony was held under the leadership of Scoutmaster Dan Mahn.

  • Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association, NC NG, in Wilmington have announced plans for its 36th annual reunion, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at Covil Farms Clubhouse on Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. All former members of the 252nd CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.

  •  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.