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Today's Features

  • Starting in January, local author Anne Barnhill will kick off the New Year leading two more writing workshops in her Varnamtown home.

    The sessions, limited to 10 people each, will be conducted 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14, and Saturday, Jan. 21.

    The cost is $50.

    For more information, contact Barnhill at 805-9774 or acbarnhill@yahoo.com.

  • Four new rescued Georgia gators have been added to Shallotte River Swamp Park’s Alligator Sanctuary at 5550 Watts Road, Ocean Isle Beach.

  • Listen Up Brunswick County is offering its audience an opportunity to save 25 percent on individual ticket prices for 2017.

    Tickets purchased before Dec. 31 for the upcoming season will include one ticket for free.

    The 2017 season of the music series consists of singer-songwriter Joe Crookston on Jan. 21, folk-newgrass-rock-classical Harpeth Rising on Feb. 19, crowd favorites The Kennedys on March 24 and Canadian troubadour James Keelaghan on April 9.

  • Bluegrass pros Kathy Davis and Bradley Bishop have teamed up to present a one-of-a-kind musical experience they’ll showcase at a free hour-long concert from 7:30 to 8:30 Friday night, Jan. 13, at Brunswick Senior Resources Inc., 3620 Express Drive in Shallotte.

    Admission is free. Donations of canned for BSRI are also being welcomed and accepted in lieu of the price of admission.

  •  The end of a tumultuous year has many of us wishing for simpler, and seemingly better, times when we weren’t bombarded with “news” 24/7 and there was no such thing as Twitter, Facebook or selfies. The good, old days may not have been as great as we remember them, but in a time of rampant smart phone addiction, getting back to the basics of life, love and growing plants certainly is appealing.

  •  Going gluten-free is something we’re hearing more and more about these days, but it also causes a lot of confusion. You may actually be wondering, “What is gluten anyway?” My husband’s favorite comedian, John Pinette, has a routine where he says, “I don’t know what gluten is but apparently it is delicious.” Well, it isn’t quite as simple as Pinette claims, but there is some truth to that statement.

  •  The holiday season is over, and hopefully you’ve eaten up all those leftovers from those made-way-too-much meals. We’ve all been there. One vegetable in particular seems to be leftover the most: the sweet potato.

    It might not even be from those holiday meals; maybe you just baked some the other day or you have some uncooked ones taking up space in your pantry. Either way, they are still worth saving, of course, but sometimes figuring out how to use them can be a little overwhelming.

  •  Bet you’re expecting a New Year’s resolution column. Everyone else is writing them this week. I do have an idea for you on a way to eat healthier in 2017 that doesn’t involve excessive dieting, a major lifestyle change or unusual foods. I’m suggesting eating the “med” way.

  •  By John Nelson 

    Biron. One word in secret.

    Princess of France. Let it not be sweet.

    Biron. Thou grievest my gall.

    Princess of France. Gall! bitter.

                                        Love’s Labors Lost, Act 5, scene 2.