Coastal Living News and Events 8.16

      North Carolina Lighthouse Series


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  • Also know as Prince Creek Light
  • Abandoned lighthouse is located north of Southport, on the west bank of the Cape Fear River.
  • Built in 1849
  • Deactivated during the 1860’s
  • It was one of several range lights that once lit the 25 mile long passage thru the river.
  • 25 foot, conical brick tower
  • Not open to the public.
  • Can be seen on the left side of the Fort Fisher Ferry when you head out.
  • Guided Confederate blockade runners past Union ships stationed offshore.
  • Confederated army turned the lighthouse keepers house into a signal station, which provided communication between Fort Fisher and Fort Caswell
  • The Union gained complete control and dismantled and destroyed as many lights that they could to keep the Confederates from having control.
  • Beacon lights were located at Orton Point, Campbell Island, Upper Jettec, Horseshoe Shoal
  • John Bell worked as the first lighthouse keeper.
  • The tower sister served as the keeper’s quarters.
  • Next time you take the ferry, look for the Lighthouse.



Patio’s Tiki Bar and Grill

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  • Waterfront Grill overlooking the Intracoastal Waterway
  • Tiki Bar to enjoy your favorite beverage
  • Live Entertainment, get their schedule update on the web.
  •  They serve a vary of food including  specialty sandwiches,salads,panins,wraps,seafood,appetizers and desserts to enjoy.
  • Grab a table under the live oaks and enjoy the view.
  • Overlooking all the fun on the water .
  • TV’s to enjoy watching sports.
  • There is an air conditioner room if you would rather be inside.
  • 4495 Mineola Ave  Little River,SC   29566    843-427-7228 11:00 am-9:00 pm

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Grab some friends and head over for a great view and fun.Try the Fried Zucchini and Coconut Shrimp.Bring your camera !





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The Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association will offer a six-week series of horticulture classes for Brunswick and Horry County residents. The class provides basic knowledge needed to maintain a lawn or garden in the coastal plain of the Carolinas.

The class is shorter and less expensive than the Master Gardener class and contains less science and more “How to” content. Entitled, “A Day in the Yard,” the course is offered for residents wanting to increase their knowledge of lawn and garden maintenance in this horticulture zone yet not wanting to make the time commitment required of a Master Gardener.

The class includes six 2-1/2 hour segments. Each individual class is led by a Master Gardener utilizing PowerPoint presentations. The six topics include:
1. Soil and Fertilization
2. Lawn and Irrigation
3. Woody Ornamentals and Pruning
4. Annuals, Bulbs and Perennials
5. Insects and Plant Diseases
6. Vegetable Gardening

Here are the five locations, dates and times:
1. Bolivia (mornings) – Mondays, 9:00 to 11:30 AM, September 12 through October 17, 2016
NC Extension Center, Government Complex, 25 Referendum Drive, Building N, Bolivia, NC. 28422
2. Bolivia (evenings) – Wednesdays, 4:30 to 7:00 PM, October 5 through November 9, 2016
NC Extension center, Government Complex, 25 Referendum Drive, Building N. Bolivia, NC 28422
3. Calabash (mornings) – Wednesdays, 9:30 AM to 12N, September 14 through October 19,   2016.  Hickman Crossroads Library, 1040 Calabash Road, NW, Calabash, NS 28467
4. Leland (mornings) – Thursdays, 930-11 AM, October 13 through November 17, 2016
Leland Public Library, 487 Village Road NE, Leland, NC 28451

5. St James (afternoons) – Tuesdays, 2:00 to 4:30 PM, September 6 through October 11, 2016
St James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road, St James, NC 28461
The cost of the six-week class is $75.00. The proceeds from the class go to the Brunswick County Master Gardener Volunteer Association
For additional information about the course, contact Tom Woods at the NC Extension Service at 910 253 2610 or by e-mail at
To register for the Day in the Yard course, either call 910 253 2610 and indicate your preferred location and method of payment. Or, you may register in person at the NC Extension office Mondays through Fridays from 9 AM to 4 PM. Checks made out to BCMGVA and cash are accepted. No credit cards please.



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Glistening sand, rhythmically crashing waves and palm trees rustling in the breeze evoke visions of a relaxing beach experience; and while the tides might be on a schedule, ocean currents are unpredictable and can be very dangerous.  A rip current, commonly called a riptide or undertow, is the leading surf hazard for all beach goers and is particularly dangerous for weak or young swimmers.  Over 100 drowning every year in the U.S. are caused by rip currents.  Protect yourself and your family by learning how to identify and how to escape a rip current.  You might just save your life.
Identifying a Rip Current
•    Rip currents appear in the form of narrow channels of foaming. choppy, otherwise abnormal gathering of water.
•    The water will be notably darker r murkier.
•    Ocean debris may be moving steadily seaward.
•    It will appear as the shore is coming to a peak.
•    If you are swimming, you will feel the current start to pull you out to deeper water.
Escaping a Rip Current
•    Do not panic; remain calm and remember that a rip tide cannot pull you down – only out.
•    Do not try and swim against the rip tide.  This will only exhaust you, and may lead to drowning.
•    Swim out of the rip by swimming perpendicular to the riptide, or parallel to the shore.  The length of a riptide is greater than the width.
•    If you do not have the strength or sill to swim perpendicularly, simply float on your back and wait until the rip current dissipates – then swim back to shore, or signal for help.
•    Do not try to support someone who is with you, this will only exhaust you and could lead to drowning.  If someone with you is panicking, calm them down, but don’t let them use you to hold them up.
Assisting Someone In a Riptide
•    If you see someone caught in a riptide, alert a lifeguard or trained swimmer to rescue them.
•    If there is no one else around, call 911 and throw the victim something to that floats and yell instructions how to escape.
•    If you identify a rip current, alert the people around you and the nearest lifeguard.  This could help save someone’s life.
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We’re so grateful for the kindnesses!

Over the past days and weeks, our deputies have experienced many kindnesses from our wonderful community.

They have told me about strangers greeting them with handshakes, hugs and words of gratitude and encouragement while serving our community.  They’ve told about being in restaurants and having person after person come by their tables to thank them for their service.

They’ve told me about walking into business establishments where they were greeted with applause.  They have told me about anonymous patrons paying for their meals day after day and night after night.  When they ask the server who had been so kind and who they should thank, they are told that these kind and generous folks did not want any gratitude, but only to thank our deputies instead.

Friends, I can’t put into words how much these acts of kindness mean to our officers and to me.  The simple handshakes, the words of thanks to our deputies who are out serving the community, the food and desserts being brought by our office, the prayers, the messages and cards, the anonymous individuals who have paid for those meals, it’s just so humbling – but not at all surprising.  We are blessed to serve a loving, generous, and supportive community.

Our deputies asked that I pass along their thanks for all of the love and support you’ve shown them.  This love and support encourages and motivates us all every day.  On behalf of our deputies, 911 telecommunicators, detention facility officers, animal services officers, our volunteers and our entire law enforcement family, I thank you from the bottom of my heart.

“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” ~ Albert Schweitzer


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