Today's Features

  • Austin Watson Harllee of Boy Scout Troop 705 and son of Bryant and Elizabeth Harllee of Southport received the rank of Eagle Scout at his Court of Honor on Feb. 2. Harllee is the youngest in his family and the youngest in his troop to receive the highest honor in Scouting. He shares this rank with his brothers Bryson and Cameron.

    He landscaped, made signage and installed underpinning to the existing handicap ramp at Cape Fear Alliance Church. Many friends, church members, youth group and scouts turned out to help make the project a success.

  • Nothing evokes warm feelings as much as babies, kittens, and puppies. I’d throw newborn foals and kids (as in baby goats) in there, but I grew up in the country. Because humans tend to universally love baby animals, you can imagine my anger with my current state government’s opposition to protecting puppies from inhumane conditions. The reason, it turns out, is good old-fashioned back-room politicking.

  • Brunswick Beacon artist and cartoonist Keith White is exhibiting work this week in Wilmington.   


    White is among featured artists participating in Art for All 4, a cutting-edge show at the Brooklyn Arts Center at St. Andrews, 516 N. Fourth St.

    More than 50 local, original artists will be exhibiting in the church and under a courtyard tent.

  • Warm up this chilly winter at the Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk.

    A limited number of tickets are available for the annual event scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in downtown Wilmington.

    The walk begins as soon as tickets are presented at the “wine walk headquarters” starting location. Each participant will receive “official” Wilmington Wine & Beer Walk IDs and maps of participating establishments. Each venue will offer two samples of specially selected wines or beers.

  • The Lower Cape Fear Historical Society will present “The Thomas Andrew Dorsey Story” at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in the Grand Hall at St. James Episcopal Church, 25 S. Third St. in downtown Wilmington.

    The program will feature the Rev. Richard Robinson of Central Baptist Church, soloist, with narration by Louise Harrison.

    They will take the audience on a journey of song and story as they focus on the “father of gospel music.”

  • The St. James Service Club is now accepting donations for its annual flea market.

    Dollar$ for $cholars is the theme of the 16th annual Flea Market sponsored by the St. James Service Club to be held Saturday, April 26, at Brunswick Community College.

    Since January, the club has been collecting items and storing them at Sentry Storage at 4711 Southport Supply Road (N.C. 211, 1.5 miles west of Long Beach Road).

  • Free health screenings, massages and seminars are part of Health Expo 2014, slated for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. this Saturday, Feb. 22, at Shallotte Middle School.

    Sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, the eighth annual expo will feature more than 40 vendors and sponsors converging at the school at 225 Village Road.

    Free screenings this year will include A1C diabetes, cholesterol, blood sugar, oxygen saturation, BMI, video otoscopy, bone density, computerized nervous system, oxygen saturation, blood pressure, oral screenings, pulse, glaucoma and vision.

  •  Second annual Black History weekend festivities are scheduled Saturday and Sunday, Feb. 22 and 23, at four locations in Southport.

    Events are sponsored by the Smithville Township/Southport Black History Committee in collaboration with the North Carolina Maritime Museum.

    Admission is free. Donations will benefit the N.C. Maritime Museum at Southport expansion project. All checks should be made out to The Friends of the Maritime Museum, which is a 501(c) 3 organization.

  • In this column, I talk a lot about food safety and this week is no exception. The topic is food safety and the slow cooker. Most people call them CrockPots, but there are many versions made by different companies.

  • I can hear Hubby Dear groaning. We are on the brink of Valentine’s Day and he is devoid of imaginative ways to celebrate the day. The usual tributes bear their own degree of difficulty. Meal planning has caused chocolates and rich desserts to be verboten. Equally out of the question are roses that wilt before they are ensconced in a vase. Anything I might have needed or expressed as a yen has already been offered and received — with the possible exception of perfume that I typically declare to be too expensive! What’s a guy to do?