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Today's Features

  •  I was surprised and saddened to hear someone died earlier this year from a rare foodborne illness –– botulism. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates there are only about 145 cases of botulism in the United States each year and in 15 percent of these cases, the culprit is home-canned foods. While these numbers are low, it can happen.

  •  Do you remember when picnics used to be the norm? Didn’t our ancestors eat outdoors more often than not? Small towns in the Midwest where I grew up nearly all included a small public park, usually located at the center of town surrounding the courthouse. These centralized parks frequently hosted dances, bands, socials and picnics.

  •  I remember an early summer road trip … it was 1982. The route: Meriden, Conn., to Middlebury, Vt., and seemingly everywhere in between. A Southern boy botanizing in New England always finds lots of cool plants to see and learn, and this in one of them.

     

  •  Army Pvt. Terry R. Freeman, son of Wanda Freeman of Lumberton, has graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson in Columbia, S.C.

     

  •  Mr. Julian and Mrs. Jerry Odom of Sunset Harbor were honored with a surprise celebration of their 70th wedding anniversary with friends from Brunswick Senior Resource's Senior Nutrition Site and the Sunset Harbor community. Pastor Wayne Tuttle led the couple in a special ceremony as they renewed their wedding vows. Julian Odom is a Navy veteran of World War II.

  • The inaugural Southport Songwriter Festival (S2F) for songwriters and music lovers is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 19-21, at various venues throughout the city. The festival is being presented by Front Porch Productions, created by Grammy Award-winning songwriter Louisa Branscomb.

  •  Every decade has its buzzwords. This is true in religious circles, as well. It seems as if we need new nomenclatures to help us renew, and hopefully deepen, our understanding and commitment to any cause with which we are involved.

    Though I’d scarcely call it a buzzword, evangelization has been voiced as essential to Christianity from its beginnings. In the earliest gospel according to Mark, we read a terse command: “Repent and believe in the Gospel.” Then comes the Great Commission, “Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel.”

  •   By John Nelson 

    To be a dog, a mule, a cat, a fitchew, a toad, a lizard … I would not care.

    Shakespeare, Troilus & Cressida, V: 1.

     

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Lynisa M. Aubin graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Aubin, who graduated from North Brunswick High School in Leland, completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, basic warfare principles and skills. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.