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Today's News

  • Let’s get this straight: Dogs aren’t 'color-blind'

    I can’t tell you how many times I’ve heard that dogs only see in black and white.

    I’ve always explained dogs can see many shades of colors, especially blues and yellows. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve then been told that, yeah, dogs see gray.

    Research from Russian scientists sets out to verify what colors dogs actually see, if any. Before we learn their findings, it’s important we review a little about how the eye detects color in the first place.

  • Special ‘Relationship Readings’ for February

    When are you going to find love? Is there a way to improve your current relationship?

    During February, Spiritquest at 6649 Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach is offering special Relationship Readings.

    The sessions consist of 20-minute readings designed to provide insight on what is blocking the right relationship and offer guidance on what steps are needed to “shift energy and create the right relationship.”

  • BLT unwraps V-Day version of 'The Vagina Monologues'

    Brunswick Little Theatre presents three special “V-Day” performances of the award-winning play “The Vagina Monologues.”

    Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 14, 15 and 16 at the BLT theater at 8068 River Road in Southport.

    “The Vagina Monologues” gave birth to V-Day, a global activist movement to end violence against all women and girls. With creativity and determination, V-activists worldwide work to end harassment, rape, battery, incest, female genital mutilation and sex slavery.

  • Up, Up and Away: The 5th Dimension brings golden hits Feb. 15

    In 1967, a little-known vocal group called the 5th Dimension recorded the song “Up, Up and Away,” catapulting them to instant stardom.

    Countless magazine covers, world tours and several Grammys later, The 5th Dimension is recognized as one of the most prolific soul and R&B groups in musical history.

    They’re also still going strong and touring, including a show stop at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15, in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

  • Happy valentines: Ash couple celebrates 61 years of marriage

    Working in the soda shop on East Carolina University’s campus kept Pat Purvis busy, and she didn’t really pay much attention to the young man who would come in multiple times to order from her — that is, until he asked her on a date.

    “I don’t know what made me notice her to begin with,” Doug Brown, now 84, said of his future wife. He finally got the courage to ask Pat on a date in December 1954, and the couple hasn’t looked back.

  • Remain vigilant as flu season flourishes

    As Mother Nature flirts with the idea of finally bringing warmer weather to Brunswick County, it’s important to remember that flu season is still upon us, running from October through May.

    Last Friday the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said the current flu season hasn’t peaked. As of Feb. 2 flu is widespread in 47 states, with 24 of them, including North Carolina, experiencing high flu levels.

  • Brunsco Has It Business Expo set for Saturday

    Get acquainted with local businesses all in one place at the Brunsco Has It Business Expo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at Shallotte Middle School, 225 Village Road in Shallotte.

    Admission is free. The first 200 entrants will receive a Shop Small bag containing coupons and other goodies (one per family).

    The expo is described by chamber member engagement director Robyn Beliveau as a great event for local residents who are looking for personal, home and professional services.

  • Marziano approved as new Sunset Beach administrator

    SUNSET BEACH — Town council approved on a 3-2 vote Monday night naming interim administrator Hiram Marziano as full-time town administrator.

    The vote came following a closed session with town attorney Grady Richardson that lasted nearly one hour and 45 minutes prior to the start of the board’s regular meeting.

  • Scorpion Winter Sting scheduled Saturday, Feb. 16

     The North Brunswick High School Booster Club is sponsoring a Scorpion Winter Sting, a 4-person scramble at Cape Fear National Golf Club on Saturday, Feb. 16. Registration begins at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9 a.m. Awards will be presented at 2 p.m. There is room for 30 teams.

    Registration cost is $400 per team; platinum sponsor (includes team entry) is $500; and hole sponsor is $100. There will be prizes for prizes for flight winners, closest to the pin, longest drive and raffles.

  • State Rep. Frank Iler: From the Legislature

    Last week the North Carolina General Assembly included committee assignments for the 2019-2020 session and some early bill filings. There were two floor sessions but only one procedural vote.

    After missing the Jan. 9 swearing-in ceremony in Raleigh due to medical reasons, I was sworn in Jan. 18 at the Brunswick County Courthouse by Senior Resident Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis.