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Today's Features

  • Juneau, Alaska—A Brunswick County man in the U.S. Coast Guard has played a role in the capture of vessel suspected of illegal driftnet fishing.

    Jon Smith, a 2007 graduate of West Brunswick High School, was on the U.S. Coast Guard Cutter “Munro” when it was involved in seizing a Chinese fishing vessel suspected of illegal large-scale, high-seas driftnet fishing 460 miles east of Hokkaido, Japan.

  • At least four local bicyclists are getting in gear for Cycle North Carolina, a cross-state ride that begins Sunday in Black Mountain and concludes the following Saturday on Oak Island.

    The participants include Steve and Stephanie Bruce, Harvey Camp and Peter Lewis of Island Hoppers Bicycle Repair on U.S. 17 at N.C. 904.

    Cycle North Carolina (online at www.ncsports.org) is touted as a “mountains to the coast” ride of about 425 miles that includes nightly stops at host towns along the way.

  • The nuts and bolts of offshore wind energy will be the topic of an informational session and panel discussion Thursday during the N.C. Coastal Resources Commission meeting at Sea Trail Golf and Convention Center.

  • The theme was “patriotism” for the juried competition at the Sept. 11 meeting of the Coastal Carolina Camera Club.

    Members submitted images depicting different views of patriotic subjects and scenes. The winners were as follows:

    First place: Charlie Mastrovich for “Southport 4th of July.”

    Second place: Wendy Wagner for “Patriotic Reflections.”

    Third place: John Ennis for “Snow Spangled Banner.”

  • Ocean Isle Beach during World War II and before was named Hale’s Beach.

    During World War II, the only structure on Hale’s Beach was a U.S. Coast Guard camp that was home for 20 men on Gause’s Hill. The mission of the Coast Guard men was to ride along the beach every day on horseback and watch for German spies, downed airplanes, submarines, blackout violations, or any suspicious activity.

  • Ongoing

    Oak Island Art Guild exhibit, Oak Island Recreation Center, 3001 Oak Island Drive, 6:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday. Exhibit renewed every 60 days. For more information, call exhibit coordinator Miriam Pinkerton at 278-5562.

    Ongoing

    Art and craft classes at Cappuccino By The Sea, 3331 Holden Beach Road. Various days and times. For more information, call 842-3661.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Franklin Square Gallery in Southport is featuring its new exhibit “The Figure Exposed,” which culminates with an open house at the First Friday Gallery Walk from 5-7 p.m. Oct. 3.

    Last spring, many local painters attended a workshop in experimental techniques in figure painting. They have been refining their paintings over the summer, and this show is the culmination of their work.

  • The cooler days and nights mean our warm-season grasses are slowing growth and getting ready for winter’s dormant period, but there are still some things you can do to keep things looking good through the fall and winter.

    If you just can’t stand the brown grass this winter, overseed with ryegrass in early to mid-October. If weeds are a major problem for you, a pre-emergence herbicide applied now will help. Make sure you keep debris like pine straw and leaves cleaned up.

  • Here are some gardening tips for September.

    Landscaping

    Everyone wants to know the best time to move plants or to plant them. According to extension specialists, the best time is the fall season. Late September and October would be some of the best times for us in the coastal regions but there should still be some good times even in November and early December to plant shrubs and trees. You still have time to put in a fall garden for some of your cool season crops.

    Autumn color ideas

  • What’s eating the leaves on my plant? Hot Line volunteers hear the complaint many times during the growing season. Following is the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service’s answer to that question: