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Today's Features

  • Ah, February! It’s that sweet time of year when our thoughts turn to roses, romance and chocolate. 

    American Heart Month is also a wonderful time to appreciate the daily beat of your own heart and to renew your personal commitment to taking care of it. If you have neglected that important organ a little more than you should have this past year, these tips will get you back on track. 

    Limit unhealthy fats 

  • Creole cooking is based upon French stews and soups, but was mainly influenced by Spanish, African and Native-American cooking.

    The Spanish were responsible for the use of cooked onions, green peppers, tomatoes and garlic. African chefs are best known for introducing okra to Creole cooking. Crawfish, shrimp, oysters, crabs and pecans, native to the area, eventually found their way into both Cajun and Creole cuisine. 

    The use of filé, a powdered herb from sassafras leaves, came from the Choctaw Indians, which was then used to thicken gumbo. 

  •  Arts ‘feminar’ set for Feb. 12

    GFWC-NC District 7 is sponsoring an arts “feminar” titled, “I’m Not Waving, I’m Drowning,” from 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, at the Shallotte Presbyterian Church in Shallotte. Pre-registration is required for lunch.

    The leader of the “feminar,” Dr. Mamie McCullough from Dallas, Texas, has been influencing audiences for more than 25 years. She has overcome many obstacles in her life to become a motivational speaker.

  • OCEAN ISLE BEACH—It’s been more than four months since Gunner was brought to Cat Tails, a no-kill feline rescue facility.

    But the large orange tabby cat apparently hasn’t forgotten the home he used to have.

    Last fall, Gunner’s former owner, a Wilmington man, gave up the 6-year-old cat after getting married. The man said his new wife was allergic to cats, and she also had dogs, according to Cat Tails workers.

  • Stagestruck Players, the youth division of Brunswick Little Theatre, presents “Mr. Toad’s Mad Adventures” from Kenneth Grahame’s literary classic “The Wind in the Willows” at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 25-26 and March 4-5 and at 3 p.m. Feb. 27 and March 6 at the Virginia Williamson Events Center at Odell Williamson Auditorium, on the campus of Brunswick Community College.

  • The St. James Service Club has begun the New Year with its record-breaking Membership Meeting and Volunteer Fair.

    On Jan. 12, more than 240 people attended the club’s first meeting at the new community center. The January meeting is devoted to registering new members and sharing information about upcoming fundraising programs.

    Following the meeting, the Volunteer Fair kicked into gear, with each fundraising committee soliciting help for all of the events planned for 2011. 

  • With some help from the Elks National Foundation, the charitable arm of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Calabash Elks will renovate the children’s indoor recreational and study area at Hope Harbor Home’s domestic violence shelter to make it more conducive to learning and sharing.

  • Trinity sets fish fry

    Trinity Baptist Church, 883 Holden Beach Road in Shallotte, will have a fish fry beginning at 11 a.m. Feb. 4-5.

    Dinners are $6 each, carryout or dine-in. Menu includes fish, slaw, baked beans and hushpuppies. 

    Dinner set at Supply Baptist

    All WMU and WOM leaders and their spouses are invited to a special dinner at Supply Baptist Church at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb 11. The dinner is free but a love offering will be taken for BCRC.

  • Had I known what the readings, especially the Gospel, were for this year’s celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, I think I’d have been silent when the question arose, “Who is going to preach this year?”

  • Jason and Marie Ward of Sunset Beach are the parents of a son, Averey Elijah Ward, born at 5:52 p.m. Dec. 21 at Brunswick Community Hospital, weighing 7 pounds, 3 ounces and measuring 19 inches long.

    He joins his sister, Veronica Brooke Madison, 5.

    Maternal grandparents are Mike and Jennifer Corleto and Stan and Cindy Holden of Shallotte.

    Paternal grandparents are Cindy and Thomas Dewayne Ward.

    Great-grandparents Flo and Neil Ward, Loretta and Wayne Wells, Wayne Holden and Joe and Faith Trunk of New York.