Today's News

  • Jim Quick & Coastline Band headline concert series Friday in Ocean Isle Beach

    Brunswick County’s summer concert series continues with a performance by Jim Quick & Coastline Band at 6:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The free concerts always take place in the parking lot of the Museum of Coastal Carolina.

    Described as an eclectic blend of blues, soul and rock, Coastline is renowned for “hard-driving Carolina backbeats, Georgia-Southern rock, Cajun-inspired grooves.”

  • Rourk Branch Library celebrates Summer Reading Club

    The Summer Reading Club program has come to an end at Rourk Branch Library. The theme this year was “Make A Splash: Read!” It made a “splash” with reading and special guests.

    The Lelepali family returned again this year, getting the program off to a start with their musical talents, celebrating the diversity of the tropical islands. Readers were treated to songs and dances spanning cultures from Tahiti to Hawaii.

  • New books available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte

    The following books are now available at Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte. Reviews are courtesy of Friends of the Library.


    “Hitch 22” by Christopher Hitchens. The candid, personal history of a complicated man.

    “Life Is What You Make It” by Peter Buffet. Personal and revealing, this book is about transcending your circumstances, taking up the reins of your destiny and living your life to the fullest.


  • Weight loss program donates food equal to weight lost

    Weight Wise Women (WWW), the Brunswick County Parks and Recreation weight management class, donated more than 315 pounds of food at their final meeting to Brunswick County’s local food bank, Brunswick Family Assistance.

    The weight loss program is in partnership with the Obesity Prevention Initiative of the University of North Carolina Wilmington and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation.

  • Religion briefs

    Trinity UMC sets services

    On Sunday, Aug. 22, at Trinity United Methodist Church, 209 E. Nash St. in Southport, the Rev. Gary Albertson’s sermon will be “Attitude: Sweet and Sour.”

  • The debt diet: What’s trust got to do with it?

    Some consider her the icon of the age and worship at her shrine. Others find her to be oppressively present. Oprah Winfrey is obviously an impressive force in promoting ideas, books and people. 

    One of her more recent ventures was a series that confronted the topic of a debt-ridden people and the impact this raging disease has had on society. The professionals Winfrey engaged as presenters challenged the debtors—and by extension all of us—to change lifestyles. 

  • Meissner completes Navy training

    Navy Seaman Apprentice Nicole M. Meissner, daughter of Laura A. and Jay E. Meissner of Leland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training and was meritoriously promoted to her current rank at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

    During the eight-week program, Meissner completed a variety of training, which included classroom study and practical instruction on naval customs, first aid, firefighting, water safety and survival and shipboard and aircraft safety. An emphasis was also placed on physical fitness. 

  • Hughes completes basic training

    Army Pfc. Kristen A. Hughes, daughter of Lane Thompson of Shallotte, and Kevin Hughes of Ocean Isle Beach, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

    During nine weeks of training, Hughes studied the Army mission and received instruction and training exercises in drill and ceremonies, Army history, core values and traditions, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, rifle marksmanship, weapons use, map reading and land navigation, foot marches, armed and unarmed combat, and field maneuvers and tactics.

  • Scott named UNCW Principal Fellow

    Brunswick County resident Dawn Lewis Scott has been admitted for the fall 2010 semester at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington as a Principal Fellow.

    One of only 52 Principal Fellows selected statewide to participate in the rigorous, two-year program, Scott will complete a full year of coursework and a 10-month full-time internship, while earning a master’s degree in school administration. Major areas of study will include: teacher effectiveness, instructional improvement, school finance, teacher support, data analysis, diversity and vision.

  • McClain-Grissett engagement

    Tammy McClain and Talbot Grissett, both of Ocean Isle Beach, announce their engagement and forthcoming marriage. The prospective bride is the daughter of Ray Lambert, of Ash, and Betty Lambert, of Concord. The prospective groom is the son of DeAnna Grissett, of Shallotte, and Kenneth and Frances Grissett, of Ocean Isle Beach. An Aug. 21 wedding is planned at Miss Caroline’s Country Wedding in Maggie Valley.