Today's Features

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium

    Cultures long ago that mapped out the sky with constellations did not include all the stars. 

    The dimmer stars simply did not have any value. The gods saw them as unimportant so then the earliest sky watchers deemed those dim stars the same—unimportant. If the stars were unimportant then there was no need to include them in a figure of bright stars honoring a deity. 

  •  Ilario Pantano, Republican nominee for U. S. House of Representatives from North Carolina’s 7th Congressional District, will be the keynote speaker at the Brunswick County Republican Women’s  Sept. 2 meeting at the Brunswick GOP headquarters, 971 Old Ocean Highway in Bolivia.

    The 5:30 p.m. meeting will be preceded by an informal social at 5 p.m. 

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


    “Quick & Easy Meals” by the American Heart Association. More than 200 healthy recipes plus time-saving tips for shopping, planning and eating well.

    “Heart-broken Open” by Kristine Carlson. This wise little book offers a timeless message of inspiration and courage for anyone who has experienced loss or hardship of any kind.

  •  Brunswick Community College’s Small Business Center has announced the following seminars:

  •  Sept. 7 begins the upcoming series of monthly Civil War round table meetings at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, across from the Southport Post Office.

    Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. and programs begin at 7 p.m. Everyone is invited to attend.

    This year’s meetings will feature an impressive lineup of prominent Civil War historians, authors, college professors and Civil War re-enactors presenting and discussing a variety of subjects relating to this important period in our country’s history.

  •   Renowned religious educator Dolores Curran often commented: “We teach too much too soon and too little too late.” 

    She was referring to the ways in which we adults tried to pass on our faith, our beliefs, our denominational creeds to children and, by contrast, the methods we used to teach adults. 

  • Cox

    Webb and Christen Cox of Shallotte are the parents of a daughter, Emily Price Cox, born at 4:30 a.m. June 2 at Conway Medical Center.

    She weighed 7 pounds, .08 ounces and measured 20 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Gail and Troy Price. Paternal grandparents are Joe and Ginny Cox.

    Great-grandparents are Paul and Geneva Hardee.

  •  Keep Brunswick County Beautiful (KBCB) has targeted the town of Oak Island with its Cigarette Litter Prevention Program (CLPP).

    In this case, the CLPP program is designed to educate beachgoers of the environmental impacts of tossing their butts to the ground versus disposing of cigarette litter properly. KBCB provided freestanding receptacles and ashtrays for proper cigarette butt disposal.

  • Leroy and Frances Patricia Beverly Carlisle of Ash have celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. They were married June 4, 1960. The couple commemorated the occasion May 23 at the South Brunswick Island Shrine Club in Shallotte. Hosting the party were the couple’s children and grandchildren, son Lee Carlisle and wife Dee of Ash, daughter Theresa Carlisle-Smith and husband Steve of Little River, S.C., grandson Joshua Smith and granddaughter Karmen Caroline Smith. Numerous friends and relatives were also in attendance.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Joni Michelle Spencer of Ocean Isle Beach and Lance Harding III of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is a native of Amite County, Miss., and is the daughter of Jesse Lee and Robin Withrow of Wheeling, W.Va., and the late Tammy Jean Stanley. The groom is originally from Lumberton and is the son of Lance Jr. and Jackie Harding of Sunset Beach. A Jan. 22, 2011, wedding is planned in Lumberton.