Today's News

  • Early College students recognized for sales efforts

    Dr. Vicky Snyder, principal at Brunswick Early College High School, recognized the entire student body but especially 14 students for their outstanding efforts in selling “Attractions Guides” to friends, family and teachers at ECHS and Brunswick Community College.

    Students were given certificates of recognition and gift certificates. The top two sellers, Angela Hurley, a senior, and Luke Billings, a freshman, will join Dr. Snyder at Lockwood Folly Market next week for a celebratory lunch.

  • Brunswick Community College announces continuing education, lifelong learning classes

    The Economic and Workforce Development Department (EWD) at Brunswick Community College offers short-term programs and classes for self-improvement, cultural enrichment and academic achievement geared toward  adults seeking skills for employment, intellectual stimulation, community involvement and social interaction. Many small business courses are free due to funding from a Small Business Center grant.

    For a full schedule of classes, including online courses, visit: www.brunswickcc.edu. Call 755-7378 to register. The following are upcoming CEWD courses and seminars:

  • North Carolina’s ‘move over law’ expands to include utility vehicles

    In July, North Carolina lawmakers expanded the state’s “move over law” to include electric utility vehicles restoring power on the sides of roadways. The “move over law” requires motorists to slow down and cautiously approach emergency vehicles with flashing lights, moving over one lane when possible.

  • AARP Tax-Aide seeks volunteers

    AARP Tax-Aide, the nation’s largest, free, volunteer run tax assistance and preparation service, is looking for volunteers for tax counseling and electronic filing of returns. 

    Each year from Feb. 1 through April 15, Tax-Aide volunteers prepare tax returns for taxpayers with low and moderate incomes. Volunteers are needed at Leland, Southport, Oak Island, Boiling Springs Lakes, Shallotte and Calabash. Volunteers of all ages and backgrounds are welcome. You do not need to be an AARP member to volunteer.

  • Purchasing spring-flowering bulbs for planting in November

    If you’d like to take advantage of the variety of spring-flowering bulbs available from catalogs and online merchants, time is running out. If you plan to purchase your bulbs locally, you probably want to make the purchases soon after they arrive in the stores so you get the best selection and quality.

  • Digging dirt: Garden chores for a slower season

    If you’re like me and get bored pretty easily, you may be wondering what to do in the garden now that mowing and battling weeds is slowing down. Of course, there’s always football, basketball, hockey, eating too much and all of those parties and family get-togethers during the holiday season to look forward to, but there’s nothing more therapeutic than getting some dirt under those fingernails. 

  • Seek stars below the fish

    Looking toward the southeast, a stargazer’s eyes will fix on a bright star just over the treetops. If lucky enough to be on the beach, a stargazer will see the star about 15 degrees above the waves. At 7:15 p.m. in either location, the stars begin their nightly show. That bright star marks the mouth of a fish, and below the fish are some interesting constellations. 

  • Support the environment this oyster season by recycling shells

    It’s time to pull out the iron grate and roast oysters over the fire pit. That means it’s time to recycle those shells, as well.

    The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Oyster Shell Recycling Program provides 126 drop-off centers for shellfish lovers to chuck their shucks, including new recycling sites opening Oct. 26 in Clinton. More than 70 restaurants in various counties participate in this program. Recycling oyster shells helps reduce waste flow into landfills and benefits the environment.

  • Creative Exchange event Nov. 10

    Sunset River Marketplace’s Creative Exchange series continues with “Creative Accessorizing Made Easy” by style expert Betsy Russell from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10.

    The fee is $5 and includes lunch. Due to limited seating, reservations are required.

  • Franklin Square Gallery plans First Friday event for Nov. 5

    Forget the footstools. This is not your grandmother’s needlepoint. The designs, wall-art pieces, pillows and ornaments featured at Franklin Square Gallery’s First Friday event on Nov. 5 reflect the latest trends in needle arts. 

    The public is invited to visit Franklin Square Gallery throughout the day and then attend the evening reception from 5-7 p.m. as part of downtown Southport’s November Gallery Walk. Admission is free. Two other local galleries, Lantana and Art at 211, will also participate in the evening Gallery Walk.