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Today's News

  • Arts & Entertainment

    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

  • Old Baldy Foundation to celebrate National Lighthouse Day

    As the afternoon wears into dusk Aug. 1, pirate ships will lurk at the entrance to the Bald Head Island Harbor preparing to “invade” the island.

    It will mark the beginning of the National Lighthouse Day celebration, sponsored by The Old Baldy Foundation and Bald Head Island Ltd.

    On Aug. 1, young mates can learn to walk, talk and act like a pirate while discovering the history of pirates along the Carolina Silver Coast with Blackbeard’s Crew, a living history performance group.

  • Garden makeovers: enjoy it more; obsess over it less

    New gardeners tend to be a bit obsessive about their lawns and landscapes. Like the French and the English who copied their style, evergreen shrubs must be controlled into boxes and balls. If we have one plant on this side of the walkway, symmetry demands a repeat on the other. Expansive lawns must be immaculate, perfectly groomed and weed-free. That works pretty well if you’re Louis XIV or King George with an army of serfs to do your bidding.

  • Tips and tricks for keeping lawns healthy in July

    Whenever we have a heat wave like the ones we have been having on and off this summer, it is a good idea to take frequent breaks and replenish lost liquids as you work. We want you to enjoy your garden and not end up in the hospital. Here are a few things to do and to be looking for at this time of year:

  • July gardening: plants that can take the summer heat

    Rudbeckias (black-eyed Susans) are members of the large and diverse Asteracea family. They are native only to North America and require only minimal care.

    There are about 25 species, and they can be perennials, biennials or annuals. Most spread by rhizomes (underground stolons) eventually creating clumps that should be divided in spring or fall every four or five years. Biennials will go to seed and self sow. Most rudbeckias prefer full sun in moderately fertile, well-drained soil. They are pretty much insect and disease free.

  • Dosher Medical Plaza to open in August

    Dosher Memorial Hospital and New Hanover Regional Medical Center have announced the opening of Dosher Medical Plaza, 4222 Long Beach Road.

    This new facility will bring state-of-the-art diagnostic imaging, laboratory services and a multi-specialty center closer to the residents of Oak Island, St. James and surrounding communities.

  • Bald Head Island heads for record sea turtle nesting season

    Bald Head Island is currently on track to have its best sea turtle nesting season since 1999, when the island had 108 nests.

    As of July 17, the island had documented 78 loggerhead sea turtle nests with more than a month remaining in the nesting season.

    Last year, Bald Head Island had a 50 loggerhead nests, which was unfortunately representative of the low number of sea turtle nests throughout North Carolina beaches.

  • Students graduate, make UNC-Chapel Hill dean's list

    More than 5,000 students, including 13 from Brunswick County, earned bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral or professional degrees from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill during the rain-shortened May 11 commencement ceremony.

    Chancellor James Moeser conferred the degrees of the undergraduates, who were led in the traditional turning of their mortarboard tassels by Senior Class President Ashley Shores.

    The following Brunswick County students earned their degrees:

  • Roberts-Iden

    Keri Leigh Roberts and Bradley Paul Iden, both of Sunset Beach, were married Saturday, May 10, at the Wedding Chapel by the Sea, with Dr. T.E. Grainger officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of William and Carolyn Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach.

    The groom is the son of Paul and Joann Iden of Warfordsburg, Pa.

    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

    Maid of honor was Jessica Roberts of Ocean Isle Beach, the bride’s sister.

  • Life's chiaroscuro can sometimes be confusing

    She was one of our brightest stars. Graduating among the top students in our class, a philosophic thinker sparked with the poetry of life, she was a tiny person bedecked with the fourragere that decorated her shoulder and noted her scholarly status.