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Today's Features

  • The Downtown Shallotte Committee's first-ever ArtsFest in Rourk Gardens was a success, organizers said.

    Committee member Karen Hart said the 16 artists who participated all want to return and have ideas for the next ArtsFest. ‘The quality of the art was amazing,’ Hart said. The event also featured a performance by a trio from the Wilmington Symphony.

  • The Southwest Brunswick Newcomers Club will celebrate its fifth year as an organization at its first meeting of the club year at 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 9, at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. 

    Featured guest speaker will be Robb Ellis, meteorologist for WECT-TV6 in Wilmington. 

  • The Leland Area Rotary Club is sponsoring an evening of wine, cheese and mystery from 7-9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10 at 101 Stone Chimney Place in Supply.

    Tickets are $25 per person and proceeds will be donated to Hope Harbor Home.

    This is not a typical dinner mystery where the audience solves some fictional story as played by actors. Instead, this is a real life drama as told in a compelling presentation by prosecutors Ben and Jon David.

  • Brunswick County’s summer concert series continues with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free concerts always take place in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul and rock, Coastline is renowned for “hard-driving Carolina backbeats, Georgia-Southern rock, Cajun-inspired grooves.”

  • The Summer Reading Club program has come to an end at Rourk Branch Library. The theme this year was “Make A Splash: Read!” It made a “splash” with reading and special guests.

    The Lelepali family returned again this year, getting the program off to a start with their musical talents, celebrating the diversity of the tropical islands. Readers were treated to songs and dances spanning cultures from Tahiti to Hawaii.

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

    NON-FICTION

    “Hitch 22” by Christopher Hitchens. The candid, personal history of a complicated man.

    “Life Is What You Make It” by Peter Buffet. Personal and revealing, this book is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny and living your life to the fullest.

    FICTION

  • Weight Wise Women (WWW), the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation weight management class, donated more than 315 pounds of food at their final meeting to Brunswick County’s local food bank, Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The weight loss program is in partnership with the Obesity Prevention Initiative of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

  • Trinity UMC sets services

    On Sunday, Aug. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Gary Albertson’s sermon will be “Attitude: Sweet and Sour.”

  • Some consider her the icon of the age and worship at her shrine. Others find her to be oppressively present. Oprah Winfrey is obviously an impressive force in promoting ideas, books and people. 

    One of her more recent ventures was a series that confronted the topic of a debt-ridden people and the impact this raging disease has had on society. The professionals Winfrey engaged as presenters challenged the debtors—and by extension all of us—to change lifestyles. 

  • Navy Seaman Apprentice Nicole M. Meissner, daughter of Laura A. and Jay E. Meissner of Leland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to her current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    During the eight-week program, Meissner completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness.