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Today's Features

  • 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

  • Cooler weather, less humidity and colorful leaves all signal the coming of fall. Another sign is the arrival of apple cider at local markets and roadside stands.
    What’s the difference between apple juice and apple cider? While frequently confusing, technically they are the same thing: the juice from 100 percent apples (sometimes you can get cherry cider, pear cider or other fruit cider, but the traditional fruit used is apples).

  • Oktoberfest dinner set for Oct. 13
    The Knights of Columbus Our Lady of the Rosary Council 9039 will serve a traditional Oktoberfest dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Oct. 13 at Saint Brendan the Navigator Roman Catholic Church, 5101 Ocean Highway West in Shallotte.
    In recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds from this dinner will help to fight breast cancer. Cost is $15/person. Dine in or take-out is available.

  • Every two seconds someone in this country needs blood. The Point Church at 324 Village Road NE in Leland is helping make sure that blood is available by sponsoring a blood drive with the American Red Cross from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29.
    In addition to the blood drive, family entertainment will also be provided, such as a moon bounce, face painting and other children’s games. Free hotdogs and beverages will be served.
    To make an appointment, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call 399-3704.