Today's Features

  • Local farmers markets are in full swing right now. If you haven’t visited one of the local markets, there is still plenty of time this season.

    My colleague, Morgan McKnight, family and consumer sciences agent with the North Carolina Cooperative Extension here in Brunswick County, has been sharing recipes at the Bolivia Brief Farmer’s Market on Thursdays.

  • The end of summer means an empty house for many families. While parents may enjoy a break from the children, it may be a different story for our dogs. Here are some simple tips to help you make the transition from summer to school easier for your pet.


    Transition time

  • O’Dell Hurst, better known as “The Legend of Shell Point Road,” according to his neighbors, celebrated his 80th birthday Aug. 17. He is famous for helping his neighbors fix anything and for just being fun.

  • Air Force National Guard Airman Breanna L. McDonald, daughter of Michael McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, and Sherrie Stevens of Ocean Isle Beach and stepdaughter of Natalie McDonald of Springfield, Ohio, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

  • Alexander Vereen Luke, a member of Boy Scout Troop 26, achieved the rank of Eagle in September. Luke formally accepted the rank July 18 at Halyburton Park, where he had previously completed his Eagle Scout project. The ceremony was held under the leadership of Scoutmaster Dan Mahn.

  • Officers of the 252nd Coast Artillery/Anti-Aircraft Artillery Group Association, NC NG, in Wilmington have announced plans for its 36th annual reunion, scheduled for Friday, Sept. 18, and Saturday, Sept. 19, at Covil Farms Clubhouse on Covil Farm Road (off Military Cutoff) in Wilmington. All former members of the 252nd CA/AAA or any subordinate units are encouraged to attend.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: Brunswick Big Band

    When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug 27

    Where: South Brunswick Islands Center

    How much: Free

    Citizen demand has spurred Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center to launch a cultural arts and lecture series, starting with a performance by Brunswick Big Band at 7 p.m. next Thursday, Aug. 27.

    Admission to the concert is free and open to the public. Additional highlights include hors d’oeuvres and dancing.

  • Band of Oz’s beginnings date back to 1967 in the eastern North Carolina town of Grifton, where a bunch of musical grammar and high school boys started jamming as The Avengers.

    The fledgling guitar-and-keyboard ensemble was hauled around in a Chevy station wagon pulling a little red trailer as a part-time band playing sock hops, private parties and an occasional club, whenever an owner would risk having them.

    In the latter 1960s, the group brought in a horn section, leading to major changes in its sound and membership.

  • Called one of the hottest bands in the Southeast, The Mark Roberts Band specializes in suitable-for-dancing sounds of beach and classic rock.

    The Wilmington-based band is heating up the next Ocean Isle Beach summer concert stage at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14, in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    The band’s don’t-miss style is described as soulful, dynamic and downright magical.

    “Our shows are designed to touch everyone,” says band namesake/front man Mark Roberts, who also serves as lead vocalist.

  •  Toni Mitchem, daughter of Micheal and Tonya Mitchem, has earned the opportunity to attend Nationals through her successfully scored events of second runner-up Miss Photogenic and N.C. state finalist at National American Miss N.C. Pageant. The National Pageant is to be held in Anaheim, Calif., at Disneyland during Thanksgiving week, representing the state of North Carolina and Brunswick County, where she will have the opportunity to win her share of over $500,000 in cash and prizes.