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Today's Features

  • July belongs to blueberries. It is National Blueberry Month and a great time to think and talk about this super food.
    Nutritionally, we’ve been hearing a lot about blueberries lately. People are calling them a super food and not just because they taste good. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), blueberries are near the top of the list when it comes to antioxidant activity per serving.

  • The sunny season is here, so why not raise a cool one with friends on your patio or by the pool? It’s time to relax in the comfort of our home and enjoy the summer season as long as it lasts.
    Some of the most refreshing drinks are those made with fresh fruit. The fruity drink you choose may be a berry-flavored vodka creation, a blender drink using fresh fruits or even a little twist on the always-popular lemonade.

  • Thursday, July 5
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Thursday, July 5
    Weight Watchers, weigh-in at 9:30 a.m., meeting at 10 a.m., Southport Presbyterian Church, 1025 E. Moore St., Southport. For details, call (800) 651-6000.
    Rotary Club of Shallotte, meets 12:30 p.m. at Starz Grill at Planet Fun, Whiteville Road, Shallotte. Visiting Rotarians welcome.
    VFW Post 7288 bingo, 5:30 doors open, early birds start at 6:30 p.m. Carter Drive, Calabash. Call 579-3577 for information.

  • Lockwood Folly dredging
    The Army Corps of Engineers’ dredge boat, the Merritt, is in the Lockwood Folly Inlet. This is the second round of dredging in the area this year. The plan is to have enough material removed from the inlet by the end of this cycle so that the Coast Guard can return the buoys to the inlet. According to the Corps’ schedule, the Merritt should be working in Lockwood Folly through July 8.

  • Shallotte now has its own celestial venue for convivial pursuits.

    Planet Fun, at 349 Whiteville Road, is an especially cool place to be this summer.

    Kidz Camp is now under way, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. Mondays through Fridays in the 50,000-square-foot, non-smoking family entertainment center.

    Monday Madness, 4-10 p.m., offers unlimited bowling, laser tag, mini-golf, inflatables and selected arcades.

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    SHALLOTTE—Every day of the year, not just on the Fourth of July, one Shallotte store proudly flies a flag.

    Several of them, actually.

    The Brunswick Square Village on Main Street in Shallotte is home to Flags and More owned and operated by Rita and David Moore. The store offers flag-lovers a variety from the American flag to garden flags and sports teams and more.

    The store opened in August 2011as a way for the Moores to earn extra income after David became ill.

  • I loved “The Notebook.” I loved the book. I loved the movie. I loved the story.

    That was the first and last Nicholas Sparks novel (or movie) I loved.

    Recently, while on assignment in Southport, construction crews were busy building a set for the upcoming movie adaptation of Sparks’ novel, “Safe Haven.”

    With production on the movie under way, and the stars heading to town, I thought it would be fun and timely to review the book at the heart of the movie.

  • Planting palms in the landscape can create a tropical escape and drastically change the look of a garden.
    Even though palms do not have a showy flower, their large, evergreen leaves are natural attention getters. A single large palm or a grove of smaller palms can serve as a focal point for any landscape, large or small.
    Palms can be shrubs or trees. Most palms form some kind of woody trunk, but a palm trunk is different from the trunk of an ordinary tree. Palms rarely form branches, but keep their leaves clustered at the end of the trunk.

  • Brunswick County 4-H member Sammi Lawrence attended 4-H Citizenship North Carolina Focus in Raleigh on June 11-13. She returned home from three days where more than 200 youth and adults representing more than 75 4-H programs across the state gathered to exchange ideas, gain knowledge and learn through hands-on experiences about the different levels and branches of government.