Today's Features

  • It’s Advent. Actually, we are already nearing the third week of Advent and past the midway point. Many Christian denominations set aside this month of Sundays as time and opportunity for probing questions to arise and emerge. There is a sense of expectancy suffusing this season. Jingling bells and jangling nerves cannot deny, define or describe it. Unfortunately, they can serve to diffuse it and offer distractions. 

  • Whether entertaining friends at home or just making a meal for two or three, it’s always important to know which wine to serve with which food. Even if you prefer red wine or maybe a dry white wine, sometimes it’s best to choose a wine with the same characteristics as your entrée.

  • Chloe was a beautiful, if occasionally blundering, bulldog puppy. Her only issue was she was growing too fast. Her pet parents plied her with an endless supply of “training treats,” leading to excess weight gain.

  • Pastor Stephen Nobles and the Sunshine Sisters of New Britton Baptist Church in Ash honor the 82nd birthday of Edison Benton, who was born Dec. 9, 1935.

  • A couple of weeks ago I shared some holiday survival tips for those of you trying to lose weight-— or at least not gain weight — during the holiday season. I’ve seen statistics showing people can gain up to 10 pounds between Halloween and the Super Bowl each year. This is the big eating season! Not everyone will gain that much. Even if you only gain a pound or two, the problem is most folks don’t lose that weight once the party season is over — and this can go on year after year.

  • Our warm and dry autumn came to an abrupt end this week as Old Man Winter made his presence known. The good news is the prognosticators promise a warmer and drier winter. Of course you know how easy it is to predict the weather. 

    Whatever the weather, this is a great time of year to pause and reflect on what has happened during the growing season.

  • Another big holiday market, a new Christmas Village featuring more than 50 unique vendors, debuts from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, in Mulberry Park at 123 Mulberry St. in Shallotte.

    Celebrate with Santa Claus, hayrides, personnel from police and fire departments, children’s crafts and the Stardusters Big Band presenting a Christmas show.

    Other highlights include winter vegetables, artisans, jewelers, photos with Santa, hot cider and maybe even a few extra holiday surprises.

  • West Brunswick High School Theatre Arts classes will present the holiday classic, "It's a Wonderful Life."

    Performances are scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 14, and Friday, Dec. 15, at 7 p.m. in the West Entertainment Student Theatre, Room 123 at the school.

    Admission is free, but donations are accepted to support the theatre arts program.

    For more information, email Jennifer Creighton-Negron atjcreighton@bcswan.net.

  • The annual Bolivia Fire Department Christmas Parade will be held under the lights this year, beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 16.

    The parade route will remain the same, proceeding from the Brunswick County Government Complex, 30 Government Center Drive, through Bolivia on Old Ocean Highway and ending at Bolivia Elementary School at 4036 U.S. 17 Business E.

    Lineup for parade participants begins 5 p.m. at the government complex.

    The road will be blocked off at 5:45 p.m. and will reopen at the end of the parade.

  • Commandant: Bruce Smith

    Meets: Second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at Shallotte Town Hall

    Contact: Bruce Smith, shallotte2005@gmail.com

    For Toys for Tots gift assistance in Brunswick County, call Brunswick Family Assistance at 754-4766 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Last date of application this year is Friday, Dec. 15.