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Today's Features

  •  I could not stop reading Mark Haddon’s best-selling work, “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime.” More than intriguing, it is a compelling novel that allows the reader to enter the mind, heart and life of a young man who is autistic.

    Eager to learn more about the disorder, I searched the web and found this information. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by:

    1) Persistent deficits in social communication and social interaction across multiple contexts.

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  •  Senior Airman Tydaryll L. Chandler, son of Rebecca R. Castaneda of Shallotte, graduated and received an associate degree in applied science from the Community College of the Air Force (CCAF). He is a 2009 graduate of West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

  • The Carolina Shores Garden Club will have its annual scholarship yard sale from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 11, at the Carolina Shores Property Owners Association Clubhouse, 17 Lakeview Court.

    Highlights will include yard sale spaces and tables filled with a variety of donated household items and a bake sale.

    Revenue from the garden club table, which will be set up inside the clubhouse, will go directly to the garden club’s scholarship fund.

  • They gather monthly, except in July and November, to celebrate and savor varieties of vintage grape.

    Members of the Ocean Isle Beach Chapter of the American Wine Society have been convening since 2011, when original members Stan and Tess Barwikowski had “a dream of raising the level of wine knowledge in their new hometown.”

  • This past October, students in a Fayetteville theater arts class came to Sunset Beach to film “The Heartbeat of Sunset Beach,” a 45-minute documentary about the old Intracoastal Waterway pontoon bridge.

    From start to finish, the film was created, filmed and edited by students in Vivian Wade-Banks’ class at Massey Hill Classical High School.

  •  The National Popcorn Board (yes, there is such a group; I don’t make this stuff up) says popcorn is one snack food that always makes the grade: “As a snack or complement to any meal, popcorn is delicious, easy to prepare and fun to eat. Best of all, it’s good for you.”

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    I am Thomas. I am also called Didymus, the Twin. Actually, my name is Judas, but because there were so many with that name, including one who became infamous as a traitor, I gained the name Thomas. Yet my heritage — the way people remember me, with a degree of hesitancy because I remind them of their own trepidations — names and claim me as Thomas, the Doubter.

  •  By John Nelson

     

    I hereby decree that spring has arrived, along with its fragrant wisterias, brilliant jessamine, and charming crimson clover. Finally! And to celebrate, let me offer one of the most attractive of the spring-blooming southeastern species ... and a woody species, at that.

    Red flowers are not very common in our southern tree species, and certainly not tubular red flowers. This species’ flowers fit both attributes. A flash of bright red in the shady woods is always a treat, especially now.

  •  The hunt is over, but the hard-boiled eggs remain!

    It’s a few days afterthe Easter holiday, and you still have a carton full of colorful hard-boiled eggs in the fridge. What should you do with them? Shell-encased hard-boiled eggs will stay fresh in the fridge for up to one week.

    Unless they sat out for a really long time, hidden too well, those leftover eggs need to be eaten. You might want to consider the following:

    1) Add chopped eggs to a green or spinach salad.

    2) Top crispy, buttered toast with sliced eggs.