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Today's News

  • Students invited to attend Teen Court training

    “Justice for Youth by Youth” is the theme of this year’s Teen Court training.

    “Our volunteers are the most important component of the Teen Court Program,” said Teen Court Director Glenda Ansley, “and this year the student volunteers will be focusing on service learning.”

    As students are giving back to their community by volunteering in Teen Court, they will receive hands-on training in the justice system.

  • Brunswick 4-H'ers go to state congress in Raleigh

    Brunswick County 4-H’ers were among 800 4-H’ers, volunteer leaders and North Carolina cooperative extension agents who attended the state 4-H Congress in Raleigh July 21-25.

    Congress is the high point of the 4-H year, bringing young people from across the state to the North Carolina State University campus for a week of activities.

    Competitions include: talent, sewing, horticulture, poultry judging, speeches and more. Brunswick County 4-Her’s competed in three of the state-level competitions: horticulture judging, poultry judging and presentations.

  • Creativity of three showcased at Franklin Square Gallery

    “I have found this area to be a dynamic and exciting place to live as an artist. In effect, it has been a rebirth for me and my work,” Southport artist Jan Boland says.

    She joins two other seasoned artists, potter Joyce Grazetti and painter Katrina Fairbank, as featured artists in the new Members Show at Franklin Square Gallery this month. The show launched Aug. 25 runs until Oct. 3.

  • Arts & Entertainment calendar

    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.

    Every first Friday through December

  • Indulging in the beauty of landscape lighting

    “Indulgence” brings to mind a pampered day at the spa or a dessert concoction sporting acres of chocolate with the fat grams and calories to match, but there’s a different kind of indulgence you can enjoy every evening when the sun sets that doesn’t involve mud facials or “death by chocolate”—landscape lighting.

  • Yellow sulfur alert: Butterflies are here now

    People often ask: “What is that yellow butterfly that is flying around everywhere right now?” From my observations, I would say we are beginning to see the first wave of sulphurs visiting our landscapes.

    The Cloudless Sulphur (Phoebis sennae) is a small to midsized butterfly in the family Pieridae found in the Americas. There are several similar species some with angled wings or other sulphurs, which are much smaller. They have a wide range, from South America to Canada, and are most common from Argentina up to southern Florida and Texas.

  • Native plants can add beauty and bird habitats to your yard

    Southeastern native plants are ablaze with color in the fall. Colorful berries appear to delight the human eye and provide food for hungry birds. The leaves turn orange, red or gold as the weather turns cooler creating beauty throughout the wooded areas and hopefully in your own back yard.

  • Man arrested for Burns' rape, murder

    First published at 4:25 p.m. Thursday.

    Updated at 11:45 a.m. Friday

    Less than 400 yards from where the body of Valerie Burns was found in her burning car lived the man detectives have charged with her murder.

    Sheriff’s detectives arrested Carl Henry Alston, 35, on Thursday, and charged him with murder. While in custody at the Brunswick County Detention Center under no bond Friday, detectives charged Alston with first-degree rape and first-degree kidnapping.

  • Commissioners discuss but table availability fees and mandatory connection ordinance

    Residents who wish to voice concerns about the county’s mandatory connection ordinance or availability fees have until the commissioners Sept. 15 meeting to do so.

    After discussing the county’s mandatory connection ordinance, commissioners voted to table the issue until their next meeting.

    “If one is connected to the water system, it does not affect those people,” county attorney Huey Marshall explained. “These are for the people who have not connected to the system, but there is a water line addressing that property.”

  • BOOZE IT AND LOSE IT: North, South Carolina team up for Labor Day checkpoints

    The driver was lying on the side of the road. A blood test later revealed his blood alcohol level was .17, more than twice the legal limit to operate a vehicle.

    But officers couldn’t find the driver’s car. Before he died, the driver told officers he ran off the road into the woods.

    After 15 minutes of searching, officers finally found his sports car—wedged between two pine trees about 30 feet in the air.