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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    Allow me to brag a bit on my hometown. I live in Columbia, S.C., which is our state’s capital. It’s a reasonably big city, as Southern cities go, one that features plenty of history. Our city is filled with friendly people, tree-lined streets, great food, tons of theater, music, a big university, and of course, lots of politics, if that’s your thing.

  • Brunswick Little Theatre presents “Stop Kiss” at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, June 17, 18, 24 and 25, and 3 p.m. Sunday, June 19 and 26, on the BLT Main Stage at 8068 River Road SE in Southport.

    “Stop Kiss” tells the story of Callie and Sara — two twenty-somethings in New York who find themselves unexpectedly in love. After being brutally attacked during their first kiss, the two find their lives transformed in a way neither could have foreseen.

  • By John Nelson

    Allow me to brag a bit on my hometown. I live in Columbia, S.C., which is our state’s capital. It’s a reasonably big city, as Southern cities go, one that features plenty of history. Our city is filled with friendly people, tree-lined streets, great food, tons of theater, music, a big university, and of course, lots of politics, if that’s your thing.

  • Perhaps the pace of the last few weeks has had its effect on me. Whenever I find myself racing from one event to another, one experience to another, my spirit feels the tug of stressfulness. It’s a good thing because I am once again led into the reality that life is more than a rush into activity. I discover anew … and will continue to do so, I am sure … the need for solitude as a means of entry into serenity.

  • Music at the Sunset Beach Waterfront Market launches this Thursday, June 9, featuring local favorite and Paddlefest entertainer Ashton Stanley, along with other local talent providing music from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The waterfront market team is hoping to offer music at the weekly market through Labor Day. The market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH — Just when you thought there was nothing new under the almost-summer sun, Shallotte River Swamp Park adds new venues for 2016.

    The year-old zip-line and nature-oriented eco-park at 5550 Watts Road off Ocean Isle Beach Road is launching into its second season with the addition of an elevated walkway and alligator containment park.

    The park is also adding turtle and birds-of-prey presentations and, starting June 13, snake shows.

  • Harold Melvin’s legendary Blue Notes and Blue Magic are featured performers at a Father’s Day Mega Concert set for 7:30 p.m. at Odell Williamson Auditorium on the main campus of Brunswick Community College, 50 College Road in Bolivia.

    The Blue Light Basement Concert Series event, sponsored by Men of Respect and Ladies of Distinction, includes a free buffet. Doors open at 6 p.m.

    Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes were and still are a charismatic Philly band whose roots date back to 1954 — long before their leap into stardom during the 1970s.

  •  Ask those with dirty fingernails what makes a “Southern garden” and you’re likely to hear about evergreen azaleas, camellias, gardenias and, our subject for this week, hydrangeas. While these superstars of the Southern garden deserve the accolades, native plant purists will thumb their noses at these Asian imports. I’ve reached the age where I realize that life offers a lot more gray than black and white, so I’m fine with great plants, wherever they come from, as long as they aren’t invasive.

  •  The new Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA) have been out for about six months. Professionals in the nutrition field anxiously awaited their release, but I’m guessing most other folks haven’t heard much about them. The DGA are developed to help promote health and prevent chronic disease for current and future generations by making recommendations about what makes up a healthy diet.

  •  I know, I know … ‘trump” is a loaded word these days. Whatever one’s affiliation might be, in life’s game folks are always looking for a trump card to hold. This holds true in religious circles as well as political ones. Heated debates derive from our individual and communal desires to be right, inerrant and accurate in our facts and our faith. However, to do so also carries both a challenge and a consequence: CHANGE! In turn, change demands continued conversation, communication, and charity.