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Today's Features

  • 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.

  •  Annually in the United States, Thanksgiving week is also honored as a time to give thought and offer action to the plight of homeless hordes whose lives are hidden in the nooks and crannies of our world. Their roof is the sky; their floor is the earth. Shelter is found anywhere they can hide, in woods behind public buildings, huddled in alleyways, housed in vacant buildings marked for destruction. They are invisible in the plain sight of unseeing eyes.

  •  Cheryle Jones Syracuse

     

    The inaugural Family and Consumer Sciences Day is Wednesday, Dec. 3. In observance of this day, the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Extension Association for Family and Consumer Sciences are asking families to plan and eat a healthy meal together. They are calling for this to be Dining-in Day.

  •  By John Nelson

    It got REALLY cold (by my standards) here in central South Carolina last week and a lot of leaves fell. It’s the time of the year when you realize, once again, how open your backyard is without all that foliage. And of course, they are perfect for the compost pile.

    Our little Mystery Plant has pretty much lost all of its leaves by now, and of course there aren’t any flowers to see. (Now.) But there are these very odd structures.

  •  If you’ve been to our local Walmart or Belk’s (who hasn’t?), you’ll know that the holiday season is in full swing and that means it’s time for baking cookies! So many recipes, so little time…

  •  Air Force Airman Zachary R. O’Dell, son of Stacy G. and Robert M. O’Dell of Supply and brother of Jeremy M. O’Dell of Hurlburt Field, Fla., graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    O’Dell 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.

  •  Army Pvt. Justin M. Arahill has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.