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Today's Features

  • Back in the good ol’ days, the only thing you had to do to pay for a tank of gas was reach into your wallet.

    With fuel averaging $4 a gallon and prices increasing in food and just about any other product imaginable, it’s no surprise people are reaching far beyond their wallets to make ends meet.

    Pawnshops around the area have seen an increased flow of traffic in the past few months, people from all walks of life needing to make a few bucks.

  • Putting food on the table is one thing no family should have to worry about, even in the most difficult times.

    That’s one reason Angel Food Ministries has been popular for many families in Brunswick County since the Brunswick Baptist Association signed on as a host site for the nonprofit agency two years ago.

  • The Brunswick County chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) honored five recipients Saturday night for many years of service in Brunswick County.

    Carl Parker, first vice president, said there was no elaborate explanation for why recipients were honored.

    “Because they have done something beyond the call of duty,” he said. “They didn’t sit on the porch, plain and simple.”

  • Members of the Brunswick Search and Rescue Team (BSAR) brought its equine teams and canine representatives to meet the children of the Holden Beach area on June 17. The event was hosted by Sabbath Home Church as a Fun Day for the beginning of Bible school, which was to begin the following day.

  • The state has approved Brunswick Family Assistance to participate in the Summer Food Service Program to provide free nutritious meals during the summer to kids ages 18 and younger beginning June 23.

    According to BFA Executive Director Joe Cannon, BFA applied to the state to participate in the program and also recruited organizations including several churches to serve as local meal sites.

    “We’ve got about 5,000 kids in the school system in Brunswick County who get free and reduced lunch and breakfast,” Cannon said.

  • 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 through Aug. 3

    Robert Delford Brown, “Meat, Maps and Militant Metaphysics,” Cameron Art Museum, Wilmington. This is the artist’s first solo museum exhibition. For more information, call 395-5999 or visit www.cameronartmuseum.com.

    Every first Friday through December

  • As part of the Fourth of July festivities in Southport, each year Franklin Square Gallery invites artists from across the country to participate in its July National Exhibition, a juried show.

    These artists from afar join local and regional entrants. First slides of submissions are judged for them to become part of the show, and accepted artwork is then shipped to the gallery for the exhibition. Artists are in contention for prizes totaling more than $6,000 in cash, merchandise and guaranteed purchase awards.

  • Artwork by Kristin Gibson is on display in the lobby of the N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher.

    Two pieces called “Into the Aquarium I” and “Into the Aquarium II” feature aquatic life such as stingrays and turtles. Both are made of wax and dye on silk.

    Gibson lives in Carolina Beach with her family, and paints from her home and backyard in a space called “Saltwater Studio.” The name gives a nod to a lifetime lived by the sea and to the salt and water integral to her process.

  • While there are many plant diseases that make growing tomatoes a challenge in the Southeast, a relatively new disease threatens to make homegrown tomatoes almost impossible for many local gardeners.

    Tomato Spotted Wilt Virus (TSWV) is different from most tomato diseases because a virus, rather than a fungus or bacteria, cause it.

  • One of the first signs of drought stress in ornamentals and turf is wilting. Many of our favorite plants show drought related symptoms differently. The leaves of some plants may exhibit marginal leaf burn or leaf scorching while others will simply wilt.