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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    Winter is still a long way off, but the leaves have been falling for several weeks now. Won’t be long before sweaters and jackets, and a steaming bowl of nice hot oatmeal will be part of the morning routine.

  • This is the month to get “prettied up” and hear all the latest gossip at Truvy’s Beauty Spot in a whole new location.

    This weekend and next Brunswick Little Theatre is transporting its audiences to Chinquapin Parish, La., as it presents the classic Southern-fried comedy-drama, “Steel Magnolias” inside its new home and building at 8068 SE River Road in Southport.

  • The season of spookiness has descended.

    You can tell, because ghosts and ghouls and indescribably ghastly things are converging starting this weekend at Grissettown Longwood Fire & Rescue’s six annual haunted trail wending its way next to the fire station at 758 Longwood Road (N.C. 904).

    Yes, it’s eerie, but each year more brave souls turn out to walk the trail.

  • SUPPLY — It’s a community effort to help pay for a community building.

    Nearly two years after opening their new community center, residents of the Cedar Grove community converged at the site for a fall festival Oct. 18 to help raise money to pay off the Cedar Grove Community Center.

  •  By John Nelson

    Such a friendly plant and so easy to please, but once you’ve got it in your backyard, it may never want to leave.

    This is one of those plants from far away, an introduced species that has actually been popular in Southeastern gardens for a good while now. It is a native of southern Asia, mostly India and China. If you start looking into it, you’ll discover that many of our favorite garden plants (in fact most of them) have their original homes somewhere else.

  •  When is the last time you sat down and ate a meal with your family?

    If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. A recent New York Times report said “sitting down to three square meals daily is going by way of the landline” because more and more consumers are snacking and grazing throughout the day. The same article reported that Americans are increasingly likely to eat alone at least 50 percent of the time.

  •  You will recall that we started discussing how we praise kids earlier this month. Excellent praise is: 1) credible, 2) process focused not person focused, 3) specific, and 4) focused on important components. Giving excellent praise supports youth in developing a positive self-concept — the way one perceives oneself. Today, we’ll address the third and fourth components of excellent praise.

  •  Homemade salsa requires little more than a good food chopper or blender, quality ingredients and imagination. The traditional chip salsa is called “pico de gallo,” a mixture of tomato, onions and peppers. Real salsa incorporates many more ingredients. There are also fruit salsas, bean salsas, nut salsas and meat or vegetable salsa.

  •  Cody and Jessica Neville of Winnabow are the proud parents of a son, Luke Mark Neville, born at 1:48 p.m. Aug. 30 at Betty Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches in length.

    He joins sister Emma age 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Mark and Jennifer McMahon of Wilmington.

    Paternal grandparents are Troy and Kathy Neville of Winnabow.

    Great-grandparents are David and Jayne Hoffman, Charles and Annell Dyckman and Marylin McKnight and Melba Neville.