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Today's Features

  • Back in the days of my youth, I’d sit at the piano and pick out tunes from musicals I loved. It was my rebellion from the requisite scales and serious music demanded by my teacher.
    Despite years of study, I never could achieve a degree of comfort or excellence with this musical instrument. At the same time, I yearned to be able to sing and play the songs I loved. So, I plunked myself down on the piano bench, oblivious to any possible audience and heedless of my own lack of talent.

  • The Ocean Isle Beach sand sculpture contest will take place from 11 a.m.-
    1: 30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 1, on the beach in front of the Community Center at 44 East 1st St. at the Monroe St. beach access on Ocean Isle Beach. Rain date will be Sunday, Sept. 2.
     Family division rules
    1. Construction of sculptures must be confined to the contestant’s flagged area.
    2. Create anything you would like out of sand, keeping it appropriate for all ages.

  • New books available at Hickmans Crossroads Library
    The new books at Hickmans Crossroads Library are:
    “The Inn at Rose Harbor” by Debbie Macomber. Jo Marie Rose opens the Rose Harbor Inn bed and breakfast in Cedar Cove to start a new life, but the inn and its first guests bring surprises into Jo’s life.

  • I was born and raised in Canton, Ohio, home of the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Growing up in northeastern Ohio, I soon learned there was only one sport played in that area—football. From the sandlots, to Pee-Wee League, to Junior League, to high school, to college, to pro football…football was and still is king.
    My wife, Karen, and I were married in May 1966 and we (she) raised two football players (what else?), Sean and Aaron, and called Akron, Ohio, our home until retiring to southeastern coastal North Carolina in 2001.

  • The John and Bessie Evans family reunion will be Sunday, Sept 9, at the Lockwood Folly Community Building. All family members and friends are invited to attend. Bring a covered dish and new family tree information (dates, marriages and children).
    Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and a lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Come early and mingle. Be sure to tell others about the reunion.
    For more information, call Cecelia H. Kinlaw at 754-6139.

  • Jessica McMahon of Wilmington and Cody Rae Neville of Winnabow were married Aug. 4 at the Brunswick County Shrine Club.
    The Rev. Stephen Raleigh Winnabow Baptist Church officiated the ceremony.
    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Mark McMahon of Wilmington.
    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Troy Neville of Winnabow.
    The bride was given in marriage by her parents and escorted by her father.

  • Thursday, Aug. 23
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.
    AARP Southport Chapter, 11:30 a.m., Surfer’s Restaurant, Southport.

  • By George Wong-Chong
    Special to the Beacon

  • As summer winds down, so does the Sunset Beach Concert Series.

    The last concert of the series, featuring Jaded Mayberry, is 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Village Park at Seaside Village in Sunset Beach.

    Since June, each weekly concert has featured a different band and local charity.

    Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness and provides support for animal issues in Brunswick County, will be the recipient of funds at the season’s final concert.

  • VARNAMTOWN—At 95, Weston Varnam has finally retired from building boats.

    But it wasn’t that long ago the former Varnamtown-area shrimp boat captain was building boats large and small.

    “His daddy [Johnnie Varnam] was a boat builder,” Mary Varnam, Varnam’s wife of 65 years, said as the two relaxed in the carport at their home on Stone Chimney Road near Varnamtown.

    “My daddy was a boat builder, my uncle was a boat builder,” Varnam said, relaying the skill runs in the family.