Today's Features

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—If you’ve seen a periwinkle-colored bracelet with the words “Heartburn can cause cancer,” or “Nobody Fights Alone” you may have met an Ocean Isle Beach couple working to educate others about the dangers of esophageal cancer.

    Last September, Jay and Diane Middleton celebrated their grandson’s first birthday during Labor Day weekend. That weekend, Jay ate a deviled egg and immediately felt pain. Plagued by acid reflux issues and sleep apnea for years, he tried to ignore it.

  • Two greenhouses are bursting with vibrant plants of all colors on the Brunswick Community College campus, and they’re waiting for someone to come and take them home.

    There are also annuals and perennials of all sizes, shapes and colors.

    Students and staff in the college’s horticulture and turf grass management program have been working for weeks to cultivate plants for the fourth annual sale.

    The sale starts runs through Friday, April 27.

  • SHALLOTTE—Fresh fruits and vegetables are on their way to market in Shallotte.

    With warmer weather and the arrival of spring, flowers are blooming and it’s time to re-open Buddy Kelly’s Farmers Market in Shallotte.

    The first day of the 2012 season will be 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, April 28. Organizers are ready to open the market for its sixth season and hope to draw in larger crowds and more vendors than ever before.

    “We are looking for new vendors,” said Loretta Nauta with the Shallotte enhancement and events committee.

  • CALABASH—Three years ago, Johnny McCarty put words to paper to convey a true family story about his mother being abducted by her father back during the Great Depression in rural West Virginia.

  • CALABASH—Zumba Gold teacher Sara McGrail has Calabash VFW Post 7288 dancing these days.

    McGrail, who teaches the popular Latin-style exercise classes on Monday and Wednesdays nights and once-a-week yoga at the Post on Carter Drive, recently orchestrated a fundraiser to bring in more than $5,000 for the Wounded Warrior Project.

    McGrail organized silent and Chinese auctions April 15, raising $5,203 at last count to donate to Wounded Warriors through the Calabash VFW.

  • SHALLOTTE—Looking for something entertaining? How about starting the summer season off early with a new concert and car show series.

    Shallotte Commons is the place to be for the 2012 Summer Concert Series. The fun kicks off Saturday, April 21. There will be a car show featuring the Sun Coast Cruisers and a concert with the live music of Chuck Johnson, “The Charlyhorse.”

  • The Brunswick Quilters guild will present “A Galaxy of Quilts” quilt show from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, May 19, and from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at The Brunswick Center, 1513 North Howe St. in Southport.

  • Buy wine tasting tickets by April 25
    The Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society will host its next wine tasting event for area wine lovers and their guests at 5 p.m. April 29 at the Silver Coast Winery, 6680 Barbeque Road in Ocean Isle Beach.
    The cost of the tasting will be $10. All guests are urged to bring their favorite wine glass for this event. Prior to the tasting, the chapter will have a brief meet-and-greet social with wine and cheese being served.

  • The Coastal Garden Club of Shallotte will host its annual tour and tea on Saturday, April 28. Gardens in the Seascape and Lockwood Folly plantations will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The tea will take place from noon-3 p.m. at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

  • The Art Loft, a new section of art at Southport’s Franklin Square Gallery, opens on April 23. This added attraction is the brainchild of two officers, Claire Martin and Virginia Wagner.
    “The gallery had growing pains,” Martin said, “and we needed more exhibition space.”
    The two put their heads together and restyled and reconfigured the historic building’s second floor. The result is space that expands the area for hanging paintings and centralizes art in one location.