• CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is ready for more community events now that county water line installation is complete.

    The center, which opened in December, had been restricted to having classes and other BCC-sponsored events until water lines were installed, SBIC director Gaye Varnam Fulford said.

    The facility has gotten the go-ahead from the fire marshal and is now fully operational, according to BCC officials.

  • “General Hospital” star Laura Wright has scheduled a special appearance Sunday, Aug. 5, at Martini’s restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Wright and her husband, John, will introduce wines from their family-owned winery, Standing Sun in California.

    Wright’s brother, Jeff Sisk, is chef and operator of Martini’s.

    Wright, who plays Carley on “General Hospital,” will be available for free autographs and free pictures.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It blows, it flows, and can be quite a hair-raising experience.

    In the midst of the season, a new hurricane simulator has descended on Ingram Planetarium.

    For just $2 a pop, visitors can enter the eye of the storm inside the dome of the simulator set up inside the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall.

    The simulator’s hurricane-force winds are predicted to reach 70-plus-per-hour, described as an “incredible blast of fun.”

    The simulated storm lasts about 60 seconds.


    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Learn the history they don’t teach in school.

    That is the motto behind the OIB Ghost Walk.

    “It is very family-oriented. It is not a haunted trail,” explains Allison Smith at the start of each walk.

    Husband and wife Will and Allison Smith lead the walk that is in its first year as an independent business. The Smiths have put a lot of research into the walk and share local lore, legends and ghost sightings, as well as history.

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend for Brunswick Little Theatre’s debut performances of “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28, and Aug. 3 and 4; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and Aug. 5 in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The local production, based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story, is from a book adaptation of the renowned 1939 MGM motion picture screenplay, complete with music and lyrics.

  • Residents in search of a native caffeinated brew need look no further than the Shallatte, a frothy blend served at Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co. at 4635 Main St. in Shallotte.

    The concoction celebrating Jumpin’ Java’s hometown is flavored with caramel, vanilla and toasted marshmallow. It’s available hot, poured over ice or blended for a delicious, beat-the-July-heat chill.

    The whipped cream is optional.

  • 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.


    Top headlines from 1988

    •Sentencing for 37 people indicted for cocaine trafficking in Brunswick County continued.

    •In January the county was blanketed with heavy snowfall as the winter proved to be the coldest in years.

  • Vocalist Linda Ladrick will light up the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach on Thursday night, July 19, with a performance of Broadway show tunes.

    “Broadway at the Old Bridge” starts at 6:30 p.m. at the new site of the old pontoon bridge at 109 Shoreline Drive West.

  • Acclaimed actress Gloria Crist is returning to Wilmington this weekend to star in the local premiere of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning play.

  • “To buy a car or fix a car?”

    That is the dilemma faced by many otherwise educated, bright and competent women.

    Harry can teach you how to do both.

    If you are thinking about, need to, want to or just want an evening of fun then, ladies, you have got to meet him.

  • Acclaimed actress Gloria Crist is returning to Wilmington this weekend to star in the local premiere of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning play.

    The play is scheduled for three performances, July 20-22, in Cape Fear Academy’s Fine Arts Building, 3900 S. College Road (Highway 132) in Wilmington.

    Friday’s 7:30 p.m. performance includes a black-tie gala reception benefiting the Thalian Association.

  • The Health Occupations Students of America chapter at West Brunswick High School has recently earned national honors.

    Students Corryn Diemer and Morgan Myers placed first in the CPR and first aid category, according to HOSA adviser Sheila King, an allied health science teacher at the school.

  • They’ve been sewing, baking, walking, beach-combing and visiting local places.

    Last month, Dee and Jon Caudle of Ocean Isle Beach convened their second annual Grandparents Camp in Brunswick County with their four visiting grandchildren, and a good time was had by all.

  • Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is an especially cool place to be this summer.

    Kidz Camp is now under way, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the 50,000-square-foot, non-smoking family entertainment center.

    Monday Madness, 4-10 p.m., offers unlimited bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables and selected arcades.


    SHALLOTTE—Every day of the year, not just on the Fourth of July, one Shallotte store proudly flies a flag.

    Several of them, actually.

    The Brunswick Square Village on Main Street in Shallotte is home to Flags and More owned and operated by Rita and David Moore. The store offers flag-lovers a variety from the American flag to garden flags and sports teams and more.

    The store opened in August 2011as a way for the Moores to earn extra income after David became ill.

  • I loved “The Notebook.” I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the story.

    That was the first and last Nicholas Sparks novel (or movie) I loved.

    Recently, while on assignment in Southport, construction crews were busy building a set for the upcoming movie adaptation of Sparks’ novel, “Safe Haven.”

    With production on the movie under way, and the stars heading to town, I thought it would be fun and timely to review the book at the heart of the movie.

  • Sunset Beach is the scene this summer of a free community concert series.

    Concerts are 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays in the Village Park at Seaside Village.

    The park is on the mainland across the street from Fibber McGees Restaurant. Just look for the small gazebo, and bring a chair. There’s typically a dance floor for concert-goers who want to get up and join in.

    Each week, a different local charity will be featured. Food and drinks are available for a donation, with funds going to the featured charity of the night.

  • They just recently got out of school, but Aaron and Hailey Dreyer can already talk about how they spent their summer vacation.

    It took root in the spring, when the Oak Island brother and sister decided to plant potatoes in the Winnabow fields of their great-grandfather, Cedric Ottaway. They wanted to donate the potatoes to area food pantries.

  • SUNSET BEACH—For a second summer, the old Sunset Beach pontoon bridge is still an attraction, thanks to seasonal programs being offered by the Old Bridge Preservation Society.

    From Memorial Day through Labor Day, the nonprofit group, formed to preserve and support the old bridge at its new resting site at 109 Shoreline Drive W., has scheduled a variety of programs.

    Members invite visitors to “come right off the new bridge, pull in here and come to this beautiful oak tree-lined site.”

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    The public is invited to come and meet artist James Davis at an art reception 4-7 p.m. Friday, June 15, at Silver Coast Winery.

    Davis, known as “The Myxolydian Artist,” has a career covering almost 40 dedicated, innovative years.

    The Wilmington-based artist is founder of the Myxolydian School of Modern American Painting.