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  • History buff, story performer and local author Joan Leotta is proud of her latest book, “Giulia Goes to War.”

    Leotta’s historic novel is the first one of four she’s contracted to write for a “Legacy of Honor” series by Desert Breeze Publishing, an e-book publisher.

    The novel deals with the coming-of-age of Giulia, a young Italian-American girl who leaves home to work in the war effort in the Wilmington shipyards. While on the job, Giulia falls in love with a man who is not Italian-American and whom her parents do not like.

  • SUNSET BEACH—Alabama Theatre entertainer Greg Rowles is coming to Sunset Beach on Sept. 8 to present a concert of Christian music.

    The church’s annual Country Fair event, this year featuring “Greg Rowles & Friends in Concert,” is at 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road SW. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10 and younger.

  • As summer winds down, so does the Sunset Beach Concert Series.

    The last concert of the series, featuring Jaded Mayberry, is 6:30-8:30 p.m. next Wednesday, Aug. 29, in Village Park at Seaside Village in Sunset Beach.

    Since June, each weekly concert has featured a different band and local charity.

    Paws-Ability, a local nonprofit that raises money and awareness and provides support for animal issues in Brunswick County, will be the recipient of funds at the season’s final concert.

  • VARNAMTOWN—At 95, Weston Varnam has finally retired from building boats.

    But it wasn’t that long ago the former Varnamtown-area shrimp boat captain was building boats large and small.

    “His daddy [Johnnie Varnam] was a boat builder,” Mary Varnam, Varnam’s wife of 65 years, said as the two relaxed in the carport at their home on Stone Chimney Road near Varnamtown.

    “My daddy was a boat builder, my uncle was a boat builder,” Varnam said, relaying the skill runs in the family.

  • Supply—Charles Presley threw 311 ringers with a score of 650 to claim the title of National Horseshoe Pitchers Association World Tour Elders Division Class H-2 champion.

    His nearest opponent threw 223 ringers with an overall score of 562. Presley secured his title with an overwhelming distance between himself and second place. He represented North Carolina in the tournament as well as his hometown of Supply.

  • The renowned Raleigh Ringers are coming to Sunset Beach to perform in concert Saturday, Aug. 25.

    The concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the sanctuary of Seaside United Methodist Church, 1300 Seaside Road (N.C. 904).

    Tickets are $15 and available through the church office or online at www.seasideumc.org. Tickets will also be available at the door.

  • SHALLOTTE—While Shallotte’s two national TV stars didn’t make it into the finals of the new show “Picked Off,” they now own a Hitler-skunk bank and are in the process of purchasing a jukebox.

    On Wednesday, July 25, Justin Ward and John Pettry, Shallotte firemen and EMTs, appeared on the History Channel’s “Picked Off” wearing their Shallotte Honor Guard shirts.

  • CAROLINA SHORES—Brunswick Community College’s new South Brunswick Islands Center is ready for more community events now that county water line installation is complete.

    The center, which opened in December, had been restricted to having classes and other BCC-sponsored events until water lines were installed, SBIC director Gaye Varnam Fulford said.

    The facility has gotten the go-ahead from the fire marshal and is now fully operational, according to BCC officials.

  • “General Hospital” star Laura Wright has scheduled a special appearance Sunday, Aug. 5, at Martini’s restaurant in North Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    Wright and her husband, John, will introduce wines from their family-owned winery, Standing Sun in California.

    Wright’s brother, Jeff Sisk, is chef and operator of Martini’s.

    Wright, who plays Carley on “General Hospital,” will be available for free autographs and free pictures.

  • SUNSET BEACH—It blows, it flows, and can be quite a hair-raising experience.

    In the midst of the season, a new hurricane simulator has descended on Ingram Planetarium.

    For just $2 a pop, visitors can enter the eye of the storm inside the dome of the simulator set up inside the planetarium’s Paul Dennis Science Hall.

    The simulator’s hurricane-force winds are predicted to reach 70-plus-per-hour, described as an “incredible blast of fun.”

    The simulated storm lasts about 60 seconds.

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    OCEAN ISLE BEACH—Learn the history they don’t teach in school.

    That is the motto behind the OIB Ghost Walk.

    “It is very family-oriented. It is not a haunted trail,” explains Allison Smith at the start of each walk.

    Husband and wife Will and Allison Smith lead the walk that is in its first year as an independent business. The Smiths have put a lot of research into the walk and share local lore, legends and ghost sightings, as well as history.

  • Follow the Yellow Brick Road to Odell Williamson Auditorium this weekend for Brunswick Little Theatre’s debut performances of “The Wizard of Oz.”

    Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 27 and July 28, and Aug. 3 and 4; and at 3 p.m. Sunday, July 29, and Aug. 5 in Odell Williamson Auditorium on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

    The local production, based on L. Frank Baum’s classic story, is from a book adaptation of the renowned 1939 MGM motion picture screenplay, complete with music and lyrics.

  • Residents in search of a native caffeinated brew need look no further than the Shallatte, a frothy blend served at Jumpin’ Java Espresso Co. at 4635 Main St. in Shallotte.

    The concoction celebrating Jumpin’ Java’s hometown is flavored with caramel, vanilla and toasted marshmallow. It’s available hot, poured over ice or blended for a delicious, beat-the-July-heat chill.

    The whipped cream is optional.

  • Editor’s note: This is the next installment in a year-long series reflecting on the history of The Brunswick Beacon, which turns 50 years old this year. Twice each month, we will bring readers a glimpse into the past.

     

    Top headlines from 1988

    •Sentencing for 37 people indicted for cocaine trafficking in Brunswick County continued.

    •In January the county was blanketed with heavy snowfall as the winter proved to be the coldest in years.

  • Vocalist Linda Ladrick will light up the Old Bridge in Sunset Beach on Thursday night, July 19, with a performance of Broadway show tunes.

    “Broadway at the Old Bridge” starts at 6:30 p.m. at the new site of the old pontoon bridge at 109 Shoreline Drive West.

  • Acclaimed actress Gloria Crist is returning to Wilmington this weekend to star in the local premiere of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning play.

  • “To buy a car or fix a car?”

    That is the dilemma faced by many otherwise educated, bright and competent women.

    Harry can teach you how to do both.

    If you are thinking about, need to, want to or just want an evening of fun then, ladies, you have got to meet him.

  • Acclaimed actress Gloria Crist is returning to Wilmington this weekend to star in the local premiere of “Master Class,” Terrence McNally’s award-winning play.

    The play is scheduled for three performances, July 20-22, in Cape Fear Academy’s Fine Arts Building, 3900 S. College Road (Highway 132) in Wilmington.

    Friday’s 7:30 p.m. performance includes a black-tie gala reception benefiting the Thalian Association.

  • The Health Occupations Students of America chapter at West Brunswick High School has recently earned national honors.

    Students Corryn Diemer and Morgan Myers placed first in the CPR and first aid category, according to HOSA adviser Sheila King, an allied health science teacher at the school.

  • They’ve been sewing, baking, walking, beach-combing and visiting local places.

    Last month, Dee and Jon Caudle of Ocean Isle Beach convened their second annual Grandparents Camp in Brunswick County with their four visiting grandchildren, and a good time was had by all.