Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

    Here it comes.

    You have a tremendous opportunity, and it strikes. Maybe you’ve landed a new client or mastered a powerful skill. And then those voices creep in.

    “What makes you think you can do this?” “Why would anyone pay you for this?”  “Where are your credentials?” “You don’t even know what you’re doing.”

  • Listen Up Brunswick County welcomes two nationally renowned artists, Vance Gilbert and Susan Werner, for its debut autumn show Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College at 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    Philadelphia-born folk artist Gilbert, a former multicultural arts teacher, was Listen Up Brunswick County founder Jeannie Dufour’s inspiration for launching the local concert series in 2014.

  • Summertime means free fun in Ocean Isle Beach.

    The town recreation department and the OIB Sea Turtle Protection Organization offer a variety of free events in coming days.

    Here’s a closer look at what’s in the coming week. All activities take place at the Ocean Isle Beach Community Center at 44 E. First St.

    Make Your Own Ice Cream — Thursdays through Aug. 15. Join event organizers at the community center from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to make your own ice cream in a bag.

  • 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.

  • 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

  • The North Carolina Coastal Federation has published its latest version of the “Smart Yards” brochure.

    The publication contains several do-it-yourself solutions to maintaining stormwater runoff on property and helping the environment on a personal level.

    To access a copy, go to https://www.nccoast.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/SmartYards_07-17.pdf.


  • Life, like midwifery, is more art than science; even if or when we attempt to convince ourselves this is not an accurate analysis. I came to this conclusion experientially. It was also derived unexpectedly from my reading, “The German Midwife” by Mandy Robotham.

  • The Band of Oz, headlining the next Shallotte Summerfest concert at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8, has been entertaining crowds for more than half a century.

    The land of the band dates back to the mid-1960s in the Pitt County town of Grifton, where a fledgling musical group of school chums calling themselves The Avengers was born.

    The group was described as a guitar-and-keyboard group playing local school sock hops, private parties “and an occasional club whenever the owner would risk having them.”