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Today's Features

  • Now that school’s out for summer, do you know what your kids are doing?

    An array of activities is out there to keep them busy and involved.

    Following is a closer look at what’s available.

    Brunswick County Summer Camp

    Annual summer camp orchestrated by Brunswick County Parks and Recreation Department, in partnership with Communities in Schools, is now in session.

  • Did you know “American Idol” and “Dancing With The Stars” both use big bands? Why? Because it makes all music sound great.

    That’s what Andrew Thielen knew when he started his own namesake band in the 1990s. He wanted everyone to hear the difference live horns, great musicians and great singers could make to music.

    The music feels alive and exciting, and it can make your heart soar.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre’s youth division, The Stagestruck Players, will present a reprise of the musical “Godspell Junior” at 7:30 p.m. June 18-22 and 3 p.m. Tuesday, June 23, at BLT’s new home at 8068 River Road, Southport.

    “Godspell Jr.” incorporates pop, folk rock, gospel, and vaudeville musical styles in an infectious and inspiring score.  The cast ranges in age from 11 to 18 years, and the majority have multiple stage performances under their belts. 

  • Get ready for seasonal concerts at the beach and beyond, in eight Brunswick County towns.

    Brunswick County’s free concert and movie series is set for the spring-into-summer season for 2015, starting this Friday, May 22, with Holiday Band in Ocean Isle Beach and CC Martin in Leland.

    More of the series is in store Sunday, May 24, with Andrew Thielen Big Band playing an afternoon Memorial Day weekend gig in Shallotte and The Imitations performing that evening in Holden Beach.

  •  Stephen Ikalowych of Oak Island was commissioned into the Marine Corps during a ceremony May 8 at The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Families, friends, faculty and staff assembled at the Summerall Chapel on The Citadel campus to honor the newly commissioned officers. The commissioning cadets and students took oaths accepting their appointments as officers in the U.S. armed services.

     

  •  Krystal Esau and James Grissett were married June 6 at Calvary Baptist Church in Shallotte. The Rev. Wayne Turnage officiated the ceremony.

    The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Esau of Longwood. She is continuing her education at Brunswick Community College.

    The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Grissett of Shallotte. He is employed at McLeod Seacoast in Little River, S.C.

    A reception followed in the church fellowship hall.

    The couple will reside in the Grissettown area.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Blair Bennett Milligan of Washington, D.C., and Pieter Frank Kossen of Jackson, Miss. The bride-elect is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Craven Demette Jr. and Wendy Redwine Milligan of Ocean Isle Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Pieter Thomas and Cornelia Sills Kossen of Edwards, Miss. A Sept. 5 wedding is planned at Camp United Methodist Church in Shallotte.

  •  Scripture has always fascinated me and caused me to ponder the wonders of the God Who Is. It has been the source of great comfort and tremendous challenge. It has brought me to my knees and raised to unimaginable heights. It has allowed me to meet majestic insiders and marginalized outsiders, sometimes housed in the same person. In every instance, Scripture has been an invitation to be more than I thought I could be. It has also been the impetus for me to empower others similarly.

     

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    June is Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Month. No one can argue with the fact that most people should eat more fruits and vegetables. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans stress the wisdom of moving to a more plant-based diet, and MyPlate encourages us to fill half our plates with fruits and vegetables at each meal. If you’re counting fruit servings, men and women should eat at least 2 cups of fruit every day and children ages between the ages of 9 and 13 should get at least 1½ cups.