Today's Features

  • They’re a merry musical band of 12 who got their start less than five years ago.

    Sea & Sand Band members met up in November 2014 through mutual location (Sea Trail) and love of music. They’ve been going and growing ever since.

    Composed mostly of retirees with a variety of musical talents, the band began via a query published in the Sea Trail newsletter seeking “any neighbors wanting to get together for a little jam session,” according to the group website at seaandsandband.com.

  • By Linda Arnold

    Happy Father’s Day!

    This may seem like an innocent greeting today, although it can trigger all kinds of feelings.

    A family affair

    If you happen to fall into the idyllic Norman Rockwell definition of a healthy family, this is likely a pleasant day for you. Be sure to celebrate these special connections.

    If, on the other hand, you’re struggling with family issues, you’re not alone.

  • I admit I don’t know much about ice hockey and I didn’t watch the recent National Hockey League finals, but I did get interested in it when I saw a news release and YouTube video about it from North Carolina State University Extension.

    Dr. Ben Chapman is originally from Canada, a great hockey fan and coach. He is also is our state Extension specialist in food safety. Chapman says he’s been waiting many years for his two areas of interest — food safety and hockey — to collide. And finally it did with the Stanley Cup.

  • Senior citizens Samuel Jonas and Laura Curtis, a widower and a widow, strike up a love affair in Brunswick Little Theatre’s latest production.

    When they announce plans to live together without marrying so they can keep Social Security benefits that they’d otherwise lose, their children hit the ceiling, even though they were never close to their deceased parents and their own marriages leave a lot to be desired. 

  • Sunset River Marketplace in Calabash has been chosen to host the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s 2019 Travel Exhibition.

    The show runs from June 14 through Aug. 14 with a public reception Friday evening, June 21, from 5 to 7 p.m.

    The exhibition consists of 33 paintings chosen from the Watercolor Society of North Carolina’s annual show.

  • It’s always gratifying when one of your former students comes back and lets you know how things have been going. Such was the case, actually several years ago by now, when my former pupil, Sanders McMillan, phoned me up to shoot the botanical breeze.

  • Now that school’s out and summer’s almost here, local libraries are celebrating the season with children’s summer reading programs.

    This year’s theme is “A Universe of Stories” at both Rourk Branch Library in Shallotte and the Southwest Brunswick Branch Library in Carolina Shores.

    Rourk Branch Library

    Registration for Rourk Branch Library’s Summer Reading Program began this week, starting Monday, June 3.

  • Shallotte River Swamp Park is always unveiling new things.

    This year it’s new Gettin’ Dirty ATV Tours revving up at the ziplining venue and alligator preserve at 5550 Watts Road off Four Mile Road between Shallotte and Ocean Isle Beach.

    The park has five new two-passenger all-terrain vehicles available for guided tours along newly carved trails, swamp park general manager George Howard said.

    He said they’re ready to launch the tours this Thursday, May 9.

  • They’re known as summer concerts but typically get under way weeks before the arrival of the summer solstice that officially kicks in at 11:54 a.m. EDT June 21.

    It’s no different for the 2019 lineup of free Brunswick County Summer Concerts and Movies, which have already begun and are scheduled to continue through Labor Day weekend and even later.

    In case of inclement weather, concerts may be canceled. To check cancellations, go to brunswickcountync.gov or call 910-253-2670.

    May 9 in Leland

  • Calling all amateur photographers.

    North Carolina Wildlife Federation is sponsoring its inaugural Wildlife Photography Contest that launched April 1 and continues through June 15.

    Did you catch a monarch butterfly emerging from its chrysalis or an osprey diving in the water to catch its meal? How about a memorable sunset vista from the mountains or a picturesque sunrise on the Outer Banks?

    Submit these photos to share with North Carolinians and be one of three winners in our first photography contest.