Today's Features

  •  There’s a new baby in your house and you’re thinking of making your own baby food. Not only can this be a nutritious alternative to store-bought baby food, it can be a real money saver.

    First off, don’t rush adding solid food to baby’s diet. By age of 4 months to 6 months, most babies’ energy needs increase, making this the ideal time to introduce solid foods. Until this age, they usually don’t have enough control over their tongues and mouth muscles to eat solid foods.

  •  Sam and Hannah Frink of Smithfield, Va., are the parents of a son, Samuel Mason Frink, born at 5:15 p.m. Dec. 14, 2016, at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va., weighing 7 pounds, 3.5 ounces and measuring 19.68 inches in length.


    Maternal grandparents are Joe and Susan Aldrich of Charlotte. Paternal grandparents are Fletcher and Kelley Frink of Sunset Beach.

    Great-grandparents are Peggy Miller and Janet (Corky) Dancy and great-great grandfather is Douglas Aldrich.

  •  Grandparents take special pride in the accomplishments of their grandchildren. It matters little what the success might be. It could be taking the first steps, speaking first words, riding a bike, learning to read or color or write. What is important is the “first-ness” — the courage to move beyond what is to what can be. What is important is the brave movement into creativity, however it is expressed.


  •  A few weeks ago, I shared some cold weather soup recipes which seemed to be in order, considering the chilly lower-than-normal temperatures we’ve been experiencing lately. I was also recently reminded that some of the best soup recipes are made with cheese.

  •  By John Nelson

    Quick, all you vexillologists: What do Canada, Equatorial Guinea, Hong Kong, Lebanon, Mexico, Norfolk Island and Turks and Caisos Island all have in common? This is too easy. They all nations whose flags prominently feature a plant. This week, we are focusing on the flag of Lebanon, which prominently features a tree, and more specifically, a cedar; and even more specifically, a “true” cedar.

  • Silver Coast Winery is offering a delightful Wine & Chocolate Pairings celebrating Valentine's Day with your sweetie or Singles Awareness Day with your friends.  Reservations are currently being accepted at both locations, Silver Coast Winery at 6680 Barbeque Road, Ocean Isle Beach, on Sunday, Feb. 12, or Silver Coast Winery Tasting and Tap Room at 105 S. Howe St. in Southport on Saturday, Feb. 18.

    They are featuring six Silver Coast award-winning wines paired with six renowned See’s Candies, which were featured on Celebrity Apprentice.

  • Celebrate Brunswick County’s Black History at the Southport Community Building, 223 E. Bay St. in Southport, with the following events scheduled Feb. 10-12. Admission is free, but donations are appreciated.

    Friday, Feb. 10

    6:30 to 8:30 p.m. “Harriet Tubman-Underground Rail Road and Civil War Times.” Carolyn Evans is featured with the Battery “B” 2nd United States Colored Light Artillery Regiment re-enactors. Evans, portraying Harriet Tubman, is an accomplished actress, dancer, educator, storyteller, motivational speaker and author.

  •  For the past couple of weeks in this column, I’ve been talking about grocery shopping and offering simple shopping tips that can both help with your food budget and offer healthy eating. For years, home economics, dietitians and health professionals have been promoting something called “shopping the perimeter” as a way to help you choose foods that support a healthy diet.

  •  By Linda Arnold


    “Just this once.” “It won’t really matter. I can start next week.”


    Sound familiar? If so, you’re in good company — as part of a big group who think those little choices in life don’t count for much.


  • Every Super Bowl weekend, soup aficionados can count on the SOUPer Bowl.

    The GFWC-South Brunswick Islands Woman’s Club’s annual event to help feed the hungry in the local community heats up again from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at Shallotte Presbyterian Church at 5070 M.H. Rourk Drive in Shallotte.

    For a $20 ticket for this annual Empty Bowls Projects, you get a choice of hot soup with bread and dessert, along with a one-of-a-kind ceramic bowl handcrafted by a local potter.