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Today's Features

  • By Linda Arnold

     

    “Every decision you make — whether you’re conscious of it or not — relates to whether you think it will bring you pain or pleasure.”

     

    Have you heard of the pain/pleasure principle?

    Research shows it lies at the core of everything you do. The decisions you make — and the actions you take — are all based on this principle, whether you’re consciously aware of it or not.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

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    Five girls were crowned March 25 at the Miss Brunswick County pageant. From left are Sarah Shaw, Teen Miss Brunswick County; Brooke Kesky, Greater Miss Brunswick County and winner of the People’s Choice Award, Most Photogenic and the Bennie J. Ward Act of Kindness Award; Skylar Gateman, Miss Brunswick County; Morgan Strahley, Junior Miss Brunswick County and winner of the Congeniality Award; and Natalie Space, Little Miss Brunswick County.

  • Welcome spring with more than 150 crafters and 11 local food vendors at the annual Southport Spring Festival from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, April 14, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 15, in Franklin Square Park at 130 E. West St. in downtown Southport.

    Highlights at this Easter weekend festival, a tradition for more than 25 years, include live entertainment, handmade arts and crafts, children’s activities, a trackless train, visits to Franklin Square Gallery and a 5K run/walk at the Southport waterfront at 8 a.m. Saturday.

  • Spring has sprung with many things, including a long list of festive events. Here’s a closer look at what’s in store in the coming week.

    Sunset Beach Spring Market

    The Sunset Beach Spring Market on April 13 will offer a preview of the waterfront market season at Sunset Beach Town Park, which will open for a third year beginning in May.

  •  Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Dr. Marika Antimisiaris of Prospect, Ky., and John Nawara Burgess of Louisville, Ky.

    The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. Michael and Dr. Demetra Antimisiaris of Prospect, Ky. She is a graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine.

    The prospective groom is the son of Eileen Nawara of Carolina Shores and the late Anthony Nawara. He is a graduate of West Brunswick High School, the University of Notre Dame and the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law.

  •  Mary Elizabeth Boles of Shallotte and Herman Waddell Berry of Shallotte were married April 2. Rev. Dr. Vaughn R. Cherry of Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church officiated the ceremony.

    The bride was given in marriage and escorted by John Edmond King. A reception followed the ceremony at the South Brunswick Islands Center in Calabash

  •  Thirty-plus years of working in horticulture as taught me many things: don’t prune your sister-in-law’s Japanese maple, run away as fast as you can when a potential client describes themselves as “easy to work with” and be very careful when criticizing magic potions and botanical dogma held in high esteem by some gardeners. But, being a bit of an April fool (Happy April Fool’s Day everyone), I will make my way to the end of the branch and see how quickly I can saw it off behind me. It certainly won’t be the first time I fell out of a tree.

  •  Thirty-plus years of working in horticulture as taught me many things: don’t prune your sister-in-law’s Japanese maple, run away as fast as you can when a potential client describes themselves as “easy to work with” and be very careful when criticizing magic potions and botanical dogma held in high esteem by some gardeners. But, being a bit of an April fool (Happy April Fool’s Day everyone), I will make my way to the end of the branch and see how quickly I can saw it off behind me. It certainly won’t be the first time I fell out of a tree.

  •  After Halloween, Easter is the second biggest candy holiday in the United States. According to the National Confectioners Association (NCA) more than 120 million pounds of Easter candy is purchased each year. This includes 16 billion jelly beans, 90 million chocolate bunnies and an untold number of marshmallow Peeps.

    That’s a lot of sugar!