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Today's Features

  • By Melissa Hight
    County Extension

    When holiday goodies are the focus of every event from cookie exchanges to parties, the world can feel like an endless nutrition minefield. Paired with all the eating and drinking, there’s plenty of unrealistic holiday health advice from all sorts of “experts.”

  • Susan Brown
    County Extension

    The weather outside is frightful. The nighttime temperatures are unbearable. Even the day temperatures are less than desirable lately. If we don’t even want to be outside, think of how our plants must feel.

  • As a person who needs to be outside at least part of every day, cold weather always darkens my mood. I know they have pills for that (thank you, Lexapro), but if you’re not into better living through chemistry, another way to brighten a cold winter day is with plants that bloom now. 

  • Here are lunch menus for Brunswick County’s nine Senior Nutrition Sites for next week.

    Monday, Dec. 27

    Closed for holidays.

    Tuesday, Dec. 28

    Beef stew/vegetables, brown rice, grape juice, vanilla pudding, biscuit/margarine, beverage.

    Wednesday, Dec. 29

    Turkey tettrazini, field peas, pineapple tidbits, dinner roll/margarine, beverage.

    Thursday, Dec. 30

    Salisbury steak/gravy, whipped potatoes, carrots, apple juice, cake with icing, hamburger bun/margarine, beverage.

    Friday, Dec. 31

  • Adults and kids alike look forward to that customary Christmas dinner of roast turkey garnished with chestnuts, vegetables and cranberry sauce. Afterward, we all enjoy those homemade cookies and other delectable sweets.

    Food is an integral part of any celebration and, of course, Christmas is no different. Most every country has its own Christmas dinner traditions but the food served differs from country to country.

    The classic turkey dinner is also a traditional dish in Canada and England.

  • By Mark Jankowski
    Ingram Planetarium Director

    In the eastern sky, right after dark, a hero is rising and soon will take his place as the ruler of the early evening winter sky. 

    At the same time, over in the west, a cross adorns the sky a symbol of the present season. As the sun’s light fades away, the early evening’s darkness reveals two groups of stars in the shape of a cross and a bright rectangle. The weather is reflecting winter and so are the stars.

  • Foodmaker class begins Jan. 22

    Learn how to lose weight, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, improve immune system and eat to fuel your body on a Total Food Makeover program at New Beginnings Church on Jan. 22. There will be weekly accountability meetings to keep you on track every Monday night for three months.

    Contact Family First Chiropractic at familyfirstchiro@atmc.net.

    NBHS class plans reunion

  • Patricia Bell and Rhonda Varnam believe in the power of prayer.

    As overseers of their respective ministries, Lamb of God (Bell) and Called and Anointed (Varnam), it’s only natural.

    But when Bell started praying for wheels to replace vehicles that are barely getting by, she got more than she bargained for. She got a bus.

  • On Jan. 29, Shallotte Rotary Club will have its sixth Las Vegas Night at 101 Stone Chimney Road from 6-10 p.m.

    Eight years ago, the Shallotte Rotary Club spun off from its sister club, the South Brunswick Island Rotary Club, which is a breakfast club. Having a lunch club that met centrally in Shallotte gained a lot of attention, and today the nearly 30 members of the Shallotte club are one of the strongest clubs in District 7730.

  • Several months ago, members of St. James the Fisherman Episcopal Church in Shallotte began looking at ways to use an available room for outreach to the local community. Forming a committee to examine various methods, their work culminated in the establishment of a multi-faceted Neighbor To Neighbor Program.

    On a cold and blustery Dec. 7, they cut the ribbon to open the doors of this parish program that conducts three Community Outreach projects: Coat Closet, Orthopedic Equipment Lending Closet and a Benefit Bank.