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Today's Features

  •  Recent studies have shown that dark, leafy greens lower the risk of heart disease, cancer and diabetes. These greens also contain lutein and zeaxanthin, which protect cells in the eyes from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays, helping to prevent cataracts and macular degeneration.

  •  Sometimes, we act and live in ways that evoke odd feelings. Sometimes, living seems to be nothing more or less than a job. Sometimes, we find ourselves living in a part-time existence. We are part-time parents, part-time siblings, part-time offspring, part-time employees, part-time grandparents. With a degree of anguish, we try to isolate one from the other, to be wholly one or the other. It doesn’t work. The choice of one in isolation from another results in our feeling torn, estranged, weird, and incredibly sad.

  •  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.

  •  It seems as though everybody is constantly on the move these days, but no matter how hectic your day is, it’s important you enjoy a good, hearty meal at the end of the day.

    Dump recipes are super easy to prepare and are great for that weeknight dinner or late afternoon lunch. They can be enjoyed all year round; however, they’re a great option during the hot summer months when we tend to slack off cooking over the hot stove or grill.

  • 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.

  • Award-winning Steve Owens and Summertime will have a double celebration the first day of their namesake season when they hit the stage of Holden Beach at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 21, the first day of summer and also Father's Day.

    The Roanoke Rapids-based band walked away with the "Favorite New Artist of the Year" award at the 2012 Carolina Beach Music Awards in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

    The multi-musician beach group was also nominated for 2014 Cammy Awards.