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Today's Features

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    I’m seeing a lot of articles, recipes and ideas about how to stay healthy over the holidays. I wonder: How many people really try to do this? We have an annual brunch for our neighbors and everyone brings something to share. Most often these foods are holiday favorites that get dug out of the recipe box and this is the only time of year they are made, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, sometimes it’s hard to find something to eat amongst the sweets, cheese-laden egg dishes and other goodies.

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathon K. Hylton, son of Cyndi E. Goulet of Ocean Isle Beach and brother of Christopher S. Hylton of Methune, Mass., graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Hylton completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  •  Wendy Louise Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and Kyle Jackson Baccarny of Ash will wed Friday, Dec. 12, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Wendy Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and granddaughter of lsadora and the late William Carter and the late J.W. and Louise Prim Sheffield. The prospective groom is the son of Michael and Ann Baccarny of Ash and grandson of Paul and Lois Baccarny and the late Asa Ray and Mary Elizabeth Brady.

  •  No matter what you call them, simple presentations such as cheese and crackers can require as much work as your main course. Although primarily served as an appetizer, hors d’oeuvres can also function as the main attraction when served at cocktail and holiday parties.

  •  By John Nelson

    They say Black Friday is starting to turn a bit gray because shoppers have so many more options for spending money because so many stores were open on Thanksgiving Day. Yep, the holiday season is upon us, and that means spending lots of money on stuff — including Christmas trees.

  • Hannah Jean Goralski of Oak Island and Brandon Chad Frink of Supply will wed Saturday, Dec. 20, at Chapel of the Cross in Southport. A reception will follow at Duffer’s of Caswell Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter Mr. and Mrs. Phillip Kincaid of Oak Island and Charles Goralski of Johnson City, Tenn. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Frink of Supply.

  • For the ninth holiday season in a row, Grissettown Longwood Fire and Rescue will become station central for dozens of model trains.

    The department’s ninth annual Christmas Train Show gets under way 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Dec. 5, and continues through the weekend, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, and Sunday, Dec. 7.

    Each year since the first train show launched during the 2006 holiday season, the trains have just gotten bigger, better, and greater in number, fire chief Tal Grissett said.

  • The Sea Notes Choral Society will present its annual Christmas concert, “Season of Love,” in three performances at Hatch Auditorium at the North Carolina Baptist Assembly in Caswell Beach.

    The singers will be directed by Diane Kulp and accompanied by Jane Boberg at the concerts scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, and Friday, Dec. 5, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 7.

    The 150-member chorus is celebrating 40 years of singing this year.

  • Sample ethnic foods while enjoying a variety of entertainment.

    The fifth annual Shallotte MultiCultural Holiday Festival will take place following the Shallotte Christmas Parade, from noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6, at Eastgate Plaza, 150 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte.

  • Local towns are brightening the holiday season with an array of tree lightings and other festive activities starting Thursday and continuing through Monday.

    The first one is the annual Holden Beach Christmas Tree Lighting, scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 4, at the town pavilion under the bridge.