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Today's News

  • Help the county’s children in need by volunteering or packing a backpack

    Brunswick Family Assistance is looking for volunteers to donate time or resources to change the lives of Brunswick County youth.

    There are several opportunities for the community to get involved. One way is to serve youth breakfast and/or lunch through the summer food service program. Volunteers are also needed to transport children to and from the sites.

    The program, now in its second full week, served more than 2,100 meals the first week.

  • Sunset Slush keeps growing

    Stephen and Catherine Saia, owners of Sunset Slush–Classic Italian Ice, continue to expand their business. This year marks their 10th season in business in Brunswick County.
    Since last season, the Saia’s have been diligent in signing up new independent operators, building a new warehouse facility on Beach Drive in Ocean Isle Beach, and preparing for the 2012 tourist season.

  • Business briefs

    Norton joins Calabash Internal Medicine
    Dr. James Moreci has announced Vanessa Norton, a certified nurse practitioner with more than 25 years of experience, has joined Calabash Internal Medicine.
    Vanessa Norton, RN, MSN, NP-C, received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Queens College in Charlotte, and then went on to complete her master’s degree in nursing with a focus in adult chronic care from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has spent the majority of her career serving Charlotte and the surrounding communities.

  • S-OI Chamber honors its members

    The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce celebrated its 37th annual meeting on June 14, which gives the chamber an opportunity to look at the past year and plan for the next.
    Dennis Coffey of Dosher Memorial Hospital, 2011-2012 chamber president, presented several awards before retiring four of the 15 directors, including himself, and handed over the presidential gavel to 2012-2013 president Sam Keziah of N.C. Farm Bureau.

  • Palms in the landscape create a tropical escape

    Planting palms in the landscape can create a tropical escape and drastically change the look of a garden.
    Even though palms do not have a showy flower, their large, evergreen leaves are natural attention getters. A single large palm or a grove of smaller palms can serve as a focal point for any landscape, large or small.
    Palms can be shrubs or trees. Most palms form some kind of woody trunk, but a palm trunk is different from the trunk of an ordinary tree. Palms rarely form branches, but keep their leaves clustered at the end of the trunk.

  • 4-H’er attends Raleigh program

    Brunswick County 4-H member Sammi Lawrence attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 11-13. She returned home from three days where more than 200 youth and adults representing more than 75 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the different levels and branches of government.

  • Learn to identify many poisonous plants

    Tom Woods
    Horticultural Technician
    Some of the plants in your garden and in your home are more than just pretty; they may also be poisonous if ingested. It is wise to be aware of the plants that can cause harm, especially if you have children or pets on the premises.
    One of the prime rules is to avoid any white fruits, both in the northern part of the country and in the tropics.

  • Local seafood is plentiful at the coast

    "When you’re lucky enough to live by the ocean, you’re lucky enough.”
    We have all heard this saying or seen it on one of those cute little signs at the gift stores, but it certainly applies to those of us who live in Brunswick County. Not only are we lucky to have our wonderful beaches and amazing ocean, we have access to great local seafood.

  • Rocking to Southport Beat

    It was a country-rocking good time at the first Southport Beat in Downtown Southport on Friday, June 15. Participating shops were open until 8 p.m. and restaurants served specials. The country band Cowboy Chrome was headlined and kept the crowd dancing, and Spider Mike provided music.
    Also in Franklin Square Park, artist Jim McIntosh painted and the Winding River Car Club showed off some vehicles, while Mr. P’s Bistro, Silver Coast Winery, Moore Street Market and Ports of Call Bistro provided the crowd with samples.

  • A capella men’s group to visit Shallotte Aug. 12

    The Master’s Men, an all-male a cappella inspirational ensemble from Raleigh, will present “Songs of Faith” at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte at 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12.
    Tickets are $10 and will be available beginning July 5 at the church office at 4807 Main St. in Shallotte from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Monday through Friday from the United Methodist Women or at the door, if available. Proceeds will support UMW missions, both locally and beyond. Call 754-4840.