Today's Features

  • Fast-talking traveling salesman Harold Hill has hit River City, Iowa—and Wilmington—looking to con the townspeople into buying instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band.

    Opera House Theatre Company is presenting its third and final week of “The Music Man” this Friday, Saturday and Sunday, July 23-25, on the main stage at Thalian Hall in Wilmington.

    Based on Meredith Willson’s classic production, this local rendition plays at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday with a 3 p.m. matinee Sunday.

  •  The Democratic Party will kick off the last 100 days to the November election with a free old-fashioned family style picnic and political rally between 3-6 p.m. Saturday, July 24, at Brunswick County Democratic Party Headquarters, 1420 Old Ocean Highway across from Brunswick Community College.

    All citizens are invited to attend regardless of party affiliation. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers, ice cream and sodas. Eric Hunn and the Ambassadors of Dixieland will provide music.

  •  The Brunswick Town Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the Boy Scouts of America Southport Troop 238 participated in the 12th annual flag retirement ceremony at 6 p.m. on July 4 at the BB&T flagpole, at the corner of Howe and Moore streets in Southport. 

    Members of the Boy Scout troop demonstrated the proper procedure of retiring a flag.

  •  They are everywhere. I see them glued to people’s ears. I see them circling cheeks. I see their containers stuck in belts and protruding from pockets. I hear their ringtones in the midst of worship services, concerts, graduations, meetings—despite the constant plea, “Please turn off your cellphones and pagers.”

    The disturbance is not simply that they are ubiquitous. It is a deeper issue. Electronic devices, cell phones in particular, are becoming—if they have not already become—an entry into an insidiously insular existence.

  •  “I told my mom that I’ll go to these classes, but if I don’t like it, I’m not going back,” Mark Sager said about the Communities in Schools Parenting Education Classes. 

    The father of a 10-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy, Sager recently completed the 12-week program. 

    “After the first class, I became interested and wanted to find out more because what they were telling me made sense. I began to look forward to Tuesday nights. My daughter loved coming to the program as much as I did.”  

  • Renee and Andy Osborne of Ash are the parents of a son, Kyle Andrew Osborne, born June 4 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

    He weighed 8 pounds, 6 ounces and measured 19 inches long.

    Maternal grandparents are Bobby and Sandra Simmons of Ash.

    Paternal grandparents are Ricky and Donna Hawes of Ash and Wayne and Barbara Osborne of Old Dock.

    Great-grandparents are Clay and Katrina McCullen of Longwood, Bunt and Betty Simmons of Ash and Magdeline and Jinx Osborne and Sandra and Joseph Hewett 

  •  John and Sara Truesdale will celebrate their 68th anniversary July 22 with family and friends. The couple has four children, Ann, John II, Connie and Jack and their spouses, Dan, Peggy, Harold and Beth; seven grandchildren, seven-great-grandchildren and two ‘angels.‘

  •  Peer Court is a joint venture between Communities in Schools of Brunswick County and District Attorney Rex Gore.

    It is an alternative system of justice that offers first time juvenile offenders between the ages of 11-16 an opportunity to admit responsibility for their offenses and receive constructive sentencing from their peers. 

    Chargeable offenses may include truancy, disorderly conduct, simple affray, simple assault and others. 

  • Sometimes, when there is not enough space for a hedge or a shrub, but a screen is needed, vines may be the answer. 

    Vines help add privacy, camouflage wire fences, hide an unsightly wall, or add character to tight places. They can create a shade buffer from the hot sun on the side of a building or cover a romantic walkway into a garden “room.” There are several vines both popular and appropriate for use in gardens of North Carolina.

  • Crape myrtles are important flowering trees for our landscapes and a personal favorite of mine.

    Hot weather makes me and these tough plants happy. Thanks to some of the good folks at the University of Georgia, there is a whole new reason to get excited about crape myrtles; the Razzle Dazzle series of dwarf selections.