Today's Features

  • SUNSET BEACH—Residents are getting ready for the sixth annual Sunset at Sunset festivities scheduled for this Saturday, Oct. 6.

    Festival hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. in and around the parking lot at the Village at Sunset Beach.

    Highlights include a multitude of quality vendors, crafters, food booths and nonprofit groups, and all-day entertainment. Three bands are slated to perform.

    Organizers say it’s a day to offer residents and visitors a chance to come together as the busy tourist season draws to a close.

  • Saturday is Farm Heritage Day at Indigo Farms, with a farmyard full of planned activities.

    Events kick off at 9 a.m. with hayrides that will roll when enough people fill the wagon. The day-long activities will continue until 4 p.m.

    All-day farm exhibits include indigo dyeing and its history, paper-making, weaving and master blacksmith Meck Hartsfield.

    Walter Hill and the Horry County, S.C., Museum will demonstrate a 1915 vertical engine and 1920s gristmill.

    The Waccamaw Tractor Club will be exhibiting some of its restored tractors.

  • Wheels will be rolling on Ocean Isle Beach for Paws-Ability’s Second Annual Bicycle Poker Run to benefit animals this coming Sunday, Oct. 7.

    Check-in is at 1 p.m. at the Ocean Isle Inn, 37 W. First St. The fee is $25 per rider.

    Those who are unable to ride a bicycle may participate in street-legal golf carts.

    There will be on-island stops to draw playing cards and end at the Ocean Isle Inn for burgers, hot dogs, music and fun.

  • On average, a high school dropout costs $127,000 in community support services over their lifetime. This means the 137 students who dropped out of Brunswick County schools in 2010 will cost taxpayers $17,399,000.
    “Keeping kids in schools benefits everyone and, therefore, is everyone’s responsibility,” said Joan Madsen, chair of the Community in Schools’ Board of Directors. “Our Dropout Prevention Program is critical to the success of our students, their families and Brunswick County.”

  • Sept. 15 was a beautiful day for a marsh walk. Ten people joined Museum of Coastal Carolina educator Ed Ovsenik for a guided walk along an Ocean Isle Beach marsh.

  • The Aug. 28 blood drive hosted by Shallotte Masonic Lodge 727 resulted in 25 units of blood collected. Among those donating were several individuals donating blood for the first time.
    The blood received at the drive was immediately typed and underwent a battery of tests in Red Cross laboratories. The blood then became available to help patients in area hospitals. Because a unit of blood can be separated into its various components, one donation can impact as many as three lives.

  • Leland upcoming programs and events
    Trunk or Treat
    Want to take your kids trick or treating in a safe, fun environment? Then Leland’s Trunk or Treat event is for you. Businesses and community organizations have been asked to decorate their trunks and pass out goodies. There will be prizes for the most impressive displays.
    Northwest District Park (Andrew Jackson Highway) from 5-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27. Set-up is from 3-4 p.m. This is a free event.
    CPR certification class

  • The Extension Master Gardener volunteers of the Brunswick County Center of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service will conduct their annual fall plant sale at the Cooperative Extension Service in the Government Center in Bolivia (follow the signs) from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4-5.
    Most of the plants are homegrown with tender loving care. All plants and trees were selected and grown for their suitability to this coastal area, including many annuals and perennials.

  • Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • Myra Burgess
    Food and Nutrition, North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service