.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Features

  • SUNSET BEACH—Residents are getting ready for the sixth annual Sunset at Sunset festivities scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in and around the parking lot at the Village at Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include a multitude of quality vendors, crafters, food booths and nonprofit groups, and all-day entertainment. Three bands are slated to perform.

    Organizers say it’s a day to offer residents and visitors a chance to come together as the busy tourist season draws to a close.

  • Saturday is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 9 a.m. with hayrides that will roll when enough people fill the wagon. The day-long activities will continue until 4 p.m.

    All-day farm exhibits include indigo dyeing and its history, paper-making, weaving and master blacksmith Meck Hartsfield.

    Walter Hill and the Horry County, S.C., Museum will demonstrate a 1915 vertical engine and 1920s gristmill.

    The Waccamaw Tractor Club will be exhibiting some of its restored tractors.

  • Wheels will be rolling on Ocean Isle Beach for Paws-Ability’s Second Annual Bicycle Poker Run to benefit animals this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

    Check-in is at 1 p.m. at the Ocean Isle Inn, 37 W. First St. The fee is $25 per rider.

    Those who are unable to ride a bicycle may participate in street-legal golf carts.

    There will be on-island stops to draw playing cards and end at the Ocean Isle Inn for burgers, hot dogs, music and fun.

  • Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Twice each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

    1998
    •Shrimpers along the North Carolina coast flocked to Bolivia to protest a new ban on nighttime shrimp trawling between the Cape Fear River and the state line. The ban was requested by Brunswick County fisherman to “give the ocean bottom a rest” and replenish populations.

  • Shrimp lovers can celebrate the season at the Shrimp-A-Roo fall dinner this Saturday, Sept. 29, at Dixon Chapel United Methodist Church in Varnamtown.

    Dinners will be served from 3-7 p.m. at the church at 190 Varnamtown Road.

    Plates are being served for $10 for adults and $6 for children ages 12 and younger. Fried shrimp, potato salad, slaw, hushpuppies, dessert and iced tea are on the dinner menu.

    Members of the church will be preparing the food, including hot, fried shrimp.

  • PetSense in Shallotte is having a Pet Adoption Fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

    Highlights include assorted animals that will be available for adoption as well as vendors who donate to rescue groups.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services will be bringing dogs to the event.

    Another highlight is animal owners can bring photos of their pets—or have their pets’ photo made on-site—to be converted into life-size decals.

  • Oregon-based Christian rock band Kutless and four other groups are coming to Shallotte on Friday to perform in concert.

    The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road in Shallotte. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 for VIP Artists Circle, $20 general admission and $15 for groups of 15 or more.

    VIP ticket-holders must arrive at 5:45 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer with band members in Kutless and Fireflight, another Christian group performing at the church Friday.

  • Get ready to put on your thinking caps and dust off your dictionaries. It’s time to practice for the annual countywide spelling bee.

    Activities for the 23rd annual adult spelling bee, sponsored by the Brunswick County Literacy Council, get under way at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center, Odell Williamson Auditorium, at Brunswick Community College. Starting at 6 p.m., organizers are launching the first A through Z silent auction, which will benefit the nonprofit literacy council.

  • Rescue Animals Community Effort (RACE) is having its first Festival of Fur fundraiser this Saturday, Sept. 22, in Shallotte.

    The event is from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. at Shallotte Crossing Shopping Center. It will take place in the vacant field next to Subway.

    Highlights include local rescue groups, animal adoptions, K-9 police-dog and agility demos, raffles, games and contests for adults and children.

    All proceeds will go toward the rescue and rehabilitation of stray, abandoned, abused or neglected animals.

  • Silver Coast Winery Art Gallery is showcasing the work of four regional artists for the next three months, starting with an opening reception that is open to the public this Friday, Sept. 21.

    Featured artists include Karen L. Gore, Ricky Evans, Michael Green and David McCune. A display of their work will continue at the gallery through Dec. 15.

  • 1996

    •In January, Holden Beach town commissioners called beach erosion “the most important issue we have right now” after an oceanfront home slid off its pilings and into the surf on the island’s east end.

    •Armed with three handguns, Bobby Dennie Bruce, 64, shot and killed his wife, Brenda King Bruce, 53, on Beach Drive in Calabash on Jan. 10. He then shot himself in the head and died at a Charleston, S.C., hospital.

  • A heart-filled lineup of entertainment, including performers from Brunswick County, is the centerpiece of Friday night’s first Greater Cape Fear Variety Show in Wilmington to raise funds for the American Heart Association.

    Proceeds from the 8 p.m. show at the Scottish Rite Temple at 1415 S. 17th St. in Wilmington will benefit the Cape Fear Chapter of the Heart Association as well as the upcoming 2012 Cape Fear Heartwalk on Oct. 13.

  • It’s time to show us how you view Brunswick County. What makes the area unique to you throughout the year?

    Show off your photographic talents and share your corner of the county with others in The Brunswick Beacon’s 2012 “Brunswick Life” photo contest. Winners will receive cash prizes and inclusion in future Brunswick Beacon publications including the 2013 calendar.

  • SHALLOTTE—Citizens of Brunswick County are being called upon to say thank you soldiers who have sacrificed all for their country.

    On Friday, Sept. 28, the Coastal Carolina Tour Warrior Ride 2012 will be cycling through the area. The ride is a four-day event and is the last Warrior Ride of 2012. Rides began in late March and took place in the Carolinas, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Ocean Isle Beach is receiving national television exposure.

    Last Friday Debbie Smith, mayor, spent the day with videographers from the television show “Today in America.”

    The show hosted by Terry Bradshaw set its sights on Ocean Isle Beach to be incorporated in an upcoming segment on family vacation spots.

    When Smith was contacted, she immediately went to the board of commissioners to get approval. She said she knew this would be positive exposure for the town.

  • A half-million-dollar capital campaign to fund the Matthew 25 Center of Tabor City is under way. Organizers say the project is off to an encouraging start.

    While based in Tabor City, the project encompasses Brunswick County. Board members from both Columbus and Brunswick counties are working together to build the center.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Flags at town hall are being flown at half staff as the town mourns the loss of a beloved friend and public servant.

    Mayor Pro Tem Charlie “C.D.” Delano Blythe, 74, died on Tuesday, Sept. 4, at Brunswick Novant Medical Center.

    Blythe was a long-time public servant for the people of Ocean Isle Beach. He was thought of as a friend and confidant by many who knew him.

  • Surrounded by cheering friends, family and local dignitaries, Brunswick Beacon graphic artist Keith White unveiled his most recent artwork last week.

    White, who is also the Beacon’s editorial cartoonist, has been selected as the official artist of the 32nd Annual North Carolina Oyster Festival. This is his fourth consecutive year for the honor.

  • Take off your apron and turn off the stove, it’s time to get out of the house and let someone else cook for a change.

    The Taste of Home Cooking School, sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon, is set for Saturday, Sept. 15, at the Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

    The event begins at 3:30 p.m. for VIP ticket holders with a vendor show. General admission ticket-holders are admitted at 4 p.m. The vendor show concludes at 5:30 p.m., just in time for the cooking show, which starts at 6 p.m.

  • History buff, story performer and local author Joan Leotta is proud of her latest book, “Giulia Goes to War.”

    Leotta’s historic novel is the first one of four she’s contracted to write for a “Legacy of Honor” series by Desert Breeze Publishing, an e-book publisher.

    The novel deals with the coming-of-age of Giulia, a young Italian-American girl who leaves home to work in the war effort in the Wilmington shipyards. While on the job, Giulia falls in love with a man who is not Italian-American and whom her parents do not like.