Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold 

    Would you be surprised to learn only 7 percent of your communication comes from the words you speak?

    The other 93 percent is picked up by the tone of your voice, your eye contact and whether your arms are crossed, not to mention your handshake, the tilt of your head or those hands on your hips.

    According to author and management consultant Peter Drucker, “The most important thing in communication is hearing what isn’t said.”


    Poker face


    What: The Malpass Brothers

    When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22

    Where: Odell Williamson Auditorium, Brunswick Community College

    Cost: $29 adults; $27 seniors and students; $10 ages 12 and younger

    Info: bccowa.com or call the box office, 755-7416

    In the hip, high-tech 21st century, they’re a rarity, a throwback to the mid-century years of early Elvis, Johnny C., Merle and Marty and the boys.

  •  I belong to a wondrous group of women who gather monthly for conversation. We describe the meeting as a book club, but it is so much more than that. Our sharing starts with comments on the designated reading, typically only one chapter at each gathering. It rarely remains there. Quickly, the chosen topics evolve into our personal life stories and wisdom emerges. Laughter fills the room. Shared sorrow is accompanied by servings of joy. Age differences melt in the heat of life’s commonality. We are one and it is lovely.

  • By John Nelson

     “If I was on some foggy mountain top,

    I’d sail away to the West …” (Traditional bluegrass lyrics)

  •  September is National Rice Month and the North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce is again sponsoring the North Carolina Rice Festival this coming weekend, Sept. 19-20, at Brunswick Riverwalk at Belville Park, 580 River Road in Belville.

    Hours are 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Entry fee is $5 per adult and children 12 and younger are free with a paying adult. There is free parking across the street at Belville Elementary School.

  •  Boy Scout Troop 129’s Life Scouts, William C. Jordan III and Thomas J. Jordan, have completed their Eagle Scout Projects.

    William built a picnic table enabling Camp United Methodist Church staff to sit outside comfortably at lunchtime, while Thomas built a corner bench to enable recipients of the food pantry to sit and wait for their food boxes.

    Both projects were completed at the church with donations provided by Dr. Mark Saunders of Shallotte Vision Care and Frank and Rosemarie Rinaldi.

  •  Waddell and Judy Clemmons celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with an Alaskan cruise aboard the MS Noordan, a Holland America Line cruise ship, Aug. 22. They were married in Little River, S.C., on Aug. 22, 1965.

  •  Southeastern North Carolina’s World War II Remembered Group will host its annual World War II-style SOS breakfast Sept. 23 at the New Hanover County Senior Resource Center, 2222 S. College Road in Wilmington. The public is invited.

  • Rourk Library Book Club will be reading local writer Anne Barnhill’s short story collection, “What You Long For,” for its September selection.

    The session, which is open to the public, will take place at 1 p.m. Monday, Sept. 14, in the conference room of the library at 5068 Main St. in Shallotte.

    Barnhill’s short story, “Produce,” which is included in the collection, was recently produced by the North Carolina Touring Troupe in Greensboro.

    Readers can find a copy of the book in the library or at Amazon.com.

  • The Brunswick County Branch of the NAACP is hosting its annual Freedom Fund Banquet, “Redeem the Dream,” on Saturday, Sept. 12, at Brunswick Community College’s South Brunswick Islands Center, 9400 U.S. 17 W. in Carolina Shores.

    The event begins with dinner at 6 p.m.

    Keynote speaker will be Kristi Hyman-Jones, chief of staff for the North Carolina Department of Justice.

    Master of Ceremonies will be the Rev. Dr. Terry L. Henry, senior pastor at Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Wilmington.