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Today's Features

  •  For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been sharing information about heart healthy eating and cooking. This week, I’ll continue, since I’m teaching a series of classes on that topic in October and I’ve done a lot of reading on the topic. One area that is a concern to many people, whether you have heart disease or just trying to eat a healthy diet, is cholesterol. This will be the focus in week No. 2 in our class series.

  •  I remember reading somewhere about men being from Mars and women from Venus. If we are talking about the eating department, that could be true. When it comes to comfort foods, most men prefer hearty meals, while women look for snacks that require little or no preparation.

    Most of us men find comfort in foods associated with meals prepared by our mothers, such as mashed potatoes, pasta, meat and soup, rather than snacks and sweets … except for ice cream! But what is comfort for men is just work for women.

  •  Jennifer Blackman and Zach Batson, both from Shallotte, will be married in October 2014.

  •  By John Nelson

    When I was a kid during the time when the car had roll-down window handles, they would take me and my sister out driving around in the South Carolina Lowcountry every now and then. That’s when I started appreciating just how nice the “low country” of the Palmetto State is. I remember family outings late in the summer to visit some friends at their country home in Hampton County, not too far from the Savannah River, having lunch in the kitchen with what seemed to be miles of old screened windows letting in a fragrant breeze.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club Reverse Raffle

    When: 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: SBI Shrine Club, 4911 Old Shallotte Road

    How much: Tickets $100 each; includes steak dinner for two and a chance to win $5,000

    Call: Club president Bob Gunter, 754-7388

    Step right up and take a chance on winning $5,000 this coming Saturday, Sept. 27, at the South Brunswick Islands Shrine Club’s annual Reverse Raffle.

  •  IF YOU GO

    What: An Evening of Chocolate Decadence

    When: 5:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 27

    Where: St. James Community Center, 4136 Southport-Supply Road (N.C. 211)

    How much: $65 per person; buy tickets online at www.Waves4kids.org or email Kay Wolf, Tkwolfe@ec.rr.com; Jacquie McNutt, Jacquelyn.mcnutt@gmail.com or Bobby Mitchell, Bobbymitchell@oswsales.com

  •  Every once in a while, Hubby Dear and I opt to attend a church service for the Latino community. Neither of us speak nor read Spanish, so it is both an adventure and a challenge to be participants, not just visitors. It is also a tremendous learning experience.

    We listen for words similar to our own native language or ones that are ring more familiarly with other languages we know or have studied. We follow along with prayers in the rite, whispering them as an English accompaniment to the variety of Spanish accents ringing around us.

  •  There will be a Carlisle-Carlyle reunion at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 1, at Sandy Plain Baptist Church in Tabor City. Bring a covered dish/dessert to share. There will be door prizes, so be sure to sign in at the door. For more information, contact Britty Carlisle Butler at 474-1417.

  •  Mr. and Mrs. Laverne Norris celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary Sept. 11. Their children also helped them celebrate the occasion with family and friends Sept. 14.

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Robert M. Hibbard, son of Robert and Tracy Hibbard of Ash, graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

    Hibbard completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and 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.