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NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014
By November 17, 2014 Read More →

NC Marine Debris Symposium News: Fall 2014

Marine debris is a problem that continues to grow.  Our waterways and oceans are constantly polluted with a wide variety of marine debris ranging from polystyrene trays and plastic bags to derelict fishing equipment and abandoned boats. Marine life, such as several Fish species, Whales, Sharks, Sea Turtles, and Birds have been known to ingest marine debris or become entangled in marine debris, which may lead to injury, intestinal blockage, and death.  Marine debris is an Eastern North Carolina concern not only because of the threats to our native wildlife, our ecosystem and our own health, but it also washes up on beaches and shorelines degrading the environment, and effecting our local economy and tourism. Local cooperation and regional partnership is needed to create public awareness while developing ways to […]

The Historical Society of Topsail Island 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball

The Historical Society of Topsail Island 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball

Get your tickets to The Premiere Event on Topsail Island!! The 9th annual Jingle Bell Ball An evening of Dinner, Dancing and Cocktails to Benefit The Historical Society of Topsail Island Saturday, December 6, 2014 6:30 in the evening The Topsail Island Assembly Building Dressy attire, please Cash Bar Individual tickets $45.00 call Michael Nelson 910-547-8312 Reserved Sponsor Tables seats $80.00 each contact: Marcia Hamilton 910-358-1298 kmhamilton-1@charter.net Call today—Seating is limited and will sell out Tickets will be available at the November 13th HSTI luncheon.

Coastinista:  Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)
By October 31, 2014 Read More →

Coastinista: Your Daily Cup of Coastal Conservation (Tangled Up in the Blue)

A few years ago, as seen in these photos, I was doing a beach cleanup at the South end of Topsail Island and came across this Common Loon that was hooked, tangled, and emaciated. I was able to grab him, remove the hook and line, but he was still in bad shape.  I took him to Possumwood Acres Wildlife Rehab in Hubert where he recovered and was released. This is not all that uncommon and happens from time-to-time when surf and pier fishing. This summer, while attending the Southeastern Marine Debris Consortium Workshop in Charleston, I got a text message from a friend, who was pier fishing, with a photo of a Loggerhead Sea Turtle entangled in his line. I […]

March into Spring at the Historical Society of Topsail Island

March into Spring at the Historical Society of Topsail Island

MARCH INTO SPRING at the HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TOPSAIL ISLAND! TOPSAIL BEACH, NC Feb. 20, 2014 – Please join us for lunch at the HSTI Assembly Building on THURSDAY, MARCH 13th, 2014 at 11:30am. Our guest speaker will be Ms. Ann Bokelman. Ms. Bokelman will discuss the history of “The Old Bridge at Sunset Beach” and of the VISTA, a blockade runner from 1864, which also ran aground at Sunset Beach. The luncheon will be catered by “The Beach Grill” and the menu includes: Corned Beef with Cabbage, Potatoes, Carrots, Cole Slaw, Irish Soda Bread w/ buttter. Dessert and Iced Tea. The luncheon cost is $12/$10 for attendees 70+.  PLEASE RSVP to SUSIE BRAUN (973-518-2425) or smprice614@yahoo.com  ON OR BEFORE […]

Eastern North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross Shelter Update

Eastern North Carolina Region of the American Red Cross Shelter Update

WILMINGTON, NC, Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, 11:30am – Red Cross workers continue to help people without power due to the winter storm providing shelter, food and comfort to those affected.   The following is an updated shelter list:   Open: Columbus Edgewood Elementary School – open (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville New Hanover Cape Fear Presbyterian Church – open (no pets allowed) 2606 Newkirk Avenue, Wilmington Closed: Codington Elementary School – closed Burgaw Holiness Church – closed Hampstead United Methodist – closed West Brunswick High School – closed Burgaw Middle School – closed Noble Middle School – closed Dorothy B Johnson Elementary School – closed Topsail Elementary School – closed last night – closed   About the […]

American Red Cross: Shelter Openings and Closings

American Red Cross: Shelter Openings and Closings

WILMINGTON, NC, Thursday, February 13, 2014, 10:45am – The following is a list of shelters that are opened and closed for those seeking assistance due to widespread power outages from the winter storm: Open: Brunswick West Brunswick High School – opened last night and remains open until further notice (this is a pet friendly shelter) 550 Whiteville Rd, Northwest Shallotte, NC Pender Burgaw Middle School – will reopen at 12:00pm today (this is a pet friendly shelter) 500 S Wright St, Burgaw, NC Columbus Edgewood Elementary School – will open at 1:00pm today (no pets allowed) 317 E Calhoun St, Whiteville New Hanover Codington Elementary School – open and will serve as the primary NHC shelter instead of Noble (no […]

Colton Leighton preparing to record and release his first EP, “Reconstruction.”
By January 29, 2014 Read More →

Colton Leighton preparing to record and release his first EP, “Reconstruction.”

He is a 23 year old just like most others with one exception.  He likes videogames, football and WWE Wrestling.  His favorite team is the Carolina Panthers and his favorite wrestlers are Daniel Bryan and Shawn Michaels.  The exception is that he is one of the few talented musicians in the area who will be releasing an album soon. Colton Leighton is a name that you should probably get used to hearing if you like live music and live in southeastern North Carolina.  He is a phenomenal talent that hails from Jacksonville and has been performing for the last two years, locally.  On the strength of a Youtube video of one of his songs, “Piece of You”, which got more […]

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital News (Oct. 6, 2013)

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital News (Oct. 6, 2013)

New road to hospital now open! The Town of Surf City has graciously allowed us to use Community Center Dr. to access our facility while Tortuga Lane was under construction. Tortuga Lane is now open! With the opening of the new road the town has requested that we direct all our staff and visitors to begin using Tortuga Lane to get to our new hospital. Luckily for us the connecting road to Tortuga, Charlie Medlin Road, has an easily identifiable landmark right next to it. Make the turn from Rts. 50/210 onto Charlie Medlin, which is next to the Shipwreck Point (Mini) Golf course. Follow the gravel road and the directional signs through the roundabout. Our hospital is the big […]

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital (Sept. 30, 2013)

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital (Sept. 30, 2013)

Surf City, NC – September 30, 2013 – First of all, many thanks to all of you for sticking with us as we work our carapaces off completing the move to the new facility. We have gradually been transporting our smaller patients from our Topsail Beach location to their new home in Surf City. And all new admits go directly there, usually into our ICU. The wrench thrown into the gears on a smooth transition continues to be the water system, or systems. We have three separate systems at the new hospital: two small systems and the big mama, that main one that will keep the patients in our 60 x 60 sea turtle bay in toasty comfort. The two […]

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital News

Karen Beasley Sea Turtle Hospital News

And last but certainly not least… Karina Monroe This is not Karina’s first time at the rodeo, so to speak. This 2013 graduate of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC cut her sea turtle teeth in Costa Rica. In 2005 Karina, who has “always loved sea turtles” spent time at a sea turtle reserve, working mainly on the beaches, patrolling for nesting mothers and hatchlings and protecting them from poachers. Costa Rica is a dangerous place for self-proclaimed sea turtle devotees, and you would be right in guessing that this is a lady willing to take a stand for what she believes in. Karina found out about us on-line and was intrigued. She was not exposed to any sort of rehabilitation […]

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