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Today's News

  • 4-H’ers meet real super heroes

    On Monday, July 16, the 4-H Clover-Buds, youth ages 5-8, met an array of real super heroes at a camp called “Real Super Heroes.”
    Day-campers started out at the sheriff’s office, Sgt. Burt Reaves took them on a tour of the sheriff’s office, where they met chief deputy Charlie Miller and deputy Chris Powell with his bloodhound, Bonnie, used for searching for missing people.

  • School health fair set; free immunizations will be available

    CommWell Health of Ocean Isle Beach is marking National Health Center Week with a back-to-school health fair as part of a weeklong campaign Aug. 5-11 to raise awareness about the mission and accomplishments of America’s health centers as local solutions.
    This free event will be from 9 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 10, at the CommWell Health medical office, 6934 Beach Drive, Suite 1, in Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Registration begins for elementary students

    Looking for a fun, safe and convenient place for your child to stay after the school day ends? Communities in Schools (CIS) is now accepting registration for its After School programs at all Brunswick County elementary schools.
    “Without structured, supervised activities in the after-school hours, children are at greater risk of being victims of crime, participating in anti-social behaviors and experimenting with drugs or alcohol,” said Kathy Smith, After School director.

  • For Leland and Columbus charter day schools, it’s back-to-school time

    Year-round charter schools are starting the new academic year with excitement and growth.
    As students arrived for the much-anticipated first day of classes at Charter Day School in Leland and Columbus Charter School in Whiteville, a few changes on campus greeted them, such as a record number of students, continuation of major new curriculum enhancements, and a new headmaster at Charter Day School.
    Monday, July 23, marked the beginning on the new academic year, and Charter Day School topped previous attendance records with 922 students on that first day.

  • Save Our Community honors students

    The Save Our Community (SOC) organization of Southport hosted its annual student recognition program at Friendship Baptist Church on June 29.
    Norman Jones, master of ceremonies, opened the program by asking the audience to sing “Lift Every Voice and Sing.” Jessica White of St. James AMEZ Church read Psalm 23. Emma Myles of First Baptist Church prayed. Kyerra Kinsey of Friendship Baptist Church gave the welcome. Regina White of Brown’s Chapel AMEZ Church reviewed the five objectives of the SOC organization.

  • Painting workshop is Aug. 10

    The Oak Island Art Guild is sponsoring a painting workshop with Roger Tatum beginning at 9:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 10, at the Oak Island Recreation Center. The workshop is free and open to members and non-members. Walk-ins are welcome. Participants must be 18 years or older.
    Tatum will show artists how to turn photo references into effective paintings. Find the essential elements in photo references and reduce them to simpler, more effective compositions and value patterns.

  • What’s causing those tiny sawdust piles? Carpenter bees

    By Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

    Tiny piles of sawdust found in random spots are likely caused by large wood-drilling insects called carpenter bees.
    Carpenter bees are large, black and yellow bees often seen flying around the wooden eaves of houses, wooden decks and wooden fences. They are often mistaken for bumblebees, but unlike bumblebees, they have a black shiny tail section.

  • Fresh, great-tasting local watermelons are available

    If you’re like me, you probably missed the fact July was National Watermelon Month, but that doesn’t mean we can’t still enjoy that wonderful summer fruit this month.
    Local watermelons are now available.
    For a long time, we’ve all enjoyed the great taste of this summer-time fruit, but now we’re finding out it is good for us, too.

  • Religion briefs

    Comfort Socks to host afternoon of entertainment
    Comfort Socks invites everyone to share an afternoon of entertainment, based on compassion, on Saturday, Aug. 4, at New Life Christian Fellowship, 2162 Stone Chimney Road in Supply.
    Doors will open about 1:45 p.m. and admission is free. There are about 100 seats available, so admission will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. A love offering to benefit Comfort Socks will take place.

  • Diamond in the rough: There is a distinct joy in being different

    At a recent memorial service, the pastor depicted the ambivalent joy that emerged in his life because of his friendship with a parishioner who was, most assuredly, different.
    It was not that she lacked physical ability or intellectual acumen. Her “difference” was she fearlessly spoke her mind when others might well have kept fearfully silent. She voiced her opinion in person, via email, by phone conversation, whenever and wherever she felt necessary.