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  • With the 10th anniversary of Sept. 11 approaching, metal artist David McCune was inspired to create something to remind Americans never to forget.

  • Local author R.D. Lumpkin will be at Silver Coast Winery signing his new book, “Patriots Among Us: Never Forget,” from 2-4 p.m. Aug. 13.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Late last year, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge was officially shut down to make way for a taller, more deluxe Intracoastal Waterway bridge that wouldn’t break down or tie up traffic at the most inopportune times.

    The half-century-old span had done its time and it, along with its six human operators, was finally retired.

  • BOLIVIA—Adorable orphans and pickpockets speakin’ and singin’ cockney-like have been raising the rehearsal-hall rafters of Brunswick Community College of late.

    Ranging in age from 3 to 13, the young troupers are a perfect fit for Brunswick Little Theatre’s upcoming performances of the hit musical “Oliver!”, which will be presented July 29, 30 and 31 and Aug. 5-7 in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the BCC campus in Bolivia.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Three months ago, Callie the dog was homeless and suffering from heartworm at Brunswick County Animal Shelter.

    “We pulled Callie out of the Brunswick County Animal Shelter, put her in our foster program and worked with her until the Pernos decided to adopt her,” said Cheri McLain, founder of Rescue Animals Community Effort, a local nonprofit animal advocacy group hoping to eventually privatize the shelter on Green Swamp Road.

  • It was a night for mingling and sampling the wares as A Taste of Brunswick Plantation took place Sunday night.

    For the cost of an admission ticket to benefit the new Brunswick Hospice Care Center, residents turned out en masse to enjoy food samples from the community’s new recipe book bearing the same title as the event.

    The tickets entitled each attendee to food tickets that could be used to sample assorted dishes showcased in the recipe collection, “A Taste of Brunswick Plantation.”

  • In the southeast at 10 p.m., a giant of a constellation depicts a large man holding a snake. The man in the sky holding a snake is Ophiuchus. 

  • He’s renowned for his radio comedy, particularly his knack for dialing up prank phone calls that have brought him laughs and fame.

    This Saturday night, stand-up comedian and radio personality Rickey Smiley will be bringing his trademark humor back to Brunswick County. Smiley, a pianist, is also bringing a live band for the return performance at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium at Brunswick Community College.

    Will he be making any prank phone calls in Brunswick County?

  • Julia Hedgepeth Williams, a former reporter for the Sampson Independent, will be at Pelican Bookstore in Sunset Beach from 2-4 p.m. this Thursday, July 21, signing copies of her new book, “Wings of Opportunity: The Wright Brothers in Montgomery, Alabama, 1910.”

    Williams, who is a regular vacationer along with her family at Ocean Isle Beach, now teaches journalism at Samford University in Birmingham, Ala.

  • The summer triangle may have three corners and be the bright stars from three separate constellations but there are loads of doubles to see in this area of the summer sky.
    First, let’s talk about the three constellations and then set up for a mixed doubles match in the summer sky.
    The triangle is easy to see in the east one hour after sunset. It is high enough at 10 p.m. so anyone can view the group. You may even be able to watch the stars appear as the sunlight fades, bringing the night sky to life.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—A week before Father’s Day, Tom Buzinski was remembering his only son, Keith.

    Army Sgt. Keith Buzinski, killed April 7 by small-arms insurgent fire while serving in Logar, Afghanistan, “was a good soldier,” he said, showing photos and mementos covering his son’s 26 years of life. Keith was killed just two months before his 27th birthday on June 2.

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    SHALLOTTE—A love for the water and the area’s many treasures has led one lifelong photographer to change her focus to art and share the beauty she sees behind her lens with others.

    Gray Laughridge Wells has worked in the photography field for more than 30 years. She spent 20 years working for the Star News before venturing on her own and embarking on a career in real-estate photography.

  • The summer triangle is finally up in the east as the sun sets. This is a starry indicator that summer is here. 

  • SUNSET BEACH—Summer at the Old Bridge regularly features local speakers on a variety of topics related to the old Sunset Beach Bridge. Most recently Ed Gore and Bill Bradford shared stories.

    Gore, whose father Mannon C. Gore built the original bridge, talked about how his father worked on the bridge at his shop near Twin Lakes Restaurant. Seated on lawn chairs under live oaks, a group of locals and visitors listened with interest. Mannon Gore also built a bridge to Figure Eight Island.

  • After dinner in late spring is a perfect time to go for a stroll on the beach. Look south and check out the centaur carrying a wild animal to the altar. 

  •   A crowd of 130 and 15 celebrity waiters were in the spotlight at the first Celebrity Waiter Dinner, a Roaring ’20s-themed fundraiser May 12 at Sea Trail to benefit The Ruth House, a nonprofit, future Christian-based home and program for teenage girls.

    Celebrity waiters served patrons tossed salad, rolls, prime rib, Dijon-crusted salmon and double-chocolate torte.

  • CALABASH—Carolyn Schreiber used to sell her homegrown plants in front of her house on Persimmon Road.

    “It got to be too much,” said Schreiber, who has one of the greenest thumbs in Calabash.

    “I couldn’t [sell] every day, but I love it here,” said Schreiber, tending to her flowers and plants arranged on a little cart she had driven over to the Calabash Farmers Market last Saturday.