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Today's Features

  • A physically active lifestyle enhances the quality of life and benefits health at any age. Physical activity does not need to be strenuous to achieve health benefits. In fact, participation in moderate amounts of physical activity helps lower the risk of some diseases and provides other health benefits. Below you will find health benefits of being physically active:

    Increases in physical activity

    •Helps build and maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints

    •Helps weight loss, maintenance of weight loss, and prevents weight gain

  • Southern magnolias have already begun their summer show and the early-blooming crape myrtles like Natchez won’t be far behind. Included are a few of the things I learned after observing these plants since last year.

    Little Gem continues to be the most popular southern magnolia in the trade. There are some perfectly good reasons for that. It fits better into most gardens since it only reaches about 30 feet or so. Little Gem also blooms heavily at an early age. That’s something many of the southern magnolias don’t do.

  • Basil, like many foods throughout the ages, has had a multitude of identities.

    Basil is derived from the Greek word basiliskos, which literally translates as “Little King.”

    It is alleged basil was a constituent in various regal potions and medicines; however, if you were to hop in your time machine and visit various eras and places around the globe, you would encounter many different associations with basil.

    Legend of basil

    Legend has it basil grew around Christ’s tomb, as well as on the spot where the Holy Cross was found.

  • I am neither a rabid fan nor a resolute enemy of Oprah Winfrey.

    The reality is I watch her program when I am preparing dinner or walking on my treadmill. Oprah becomes background music for my activities. That may seem a diminishment of her worth, but actually I appreciate what she does for humanity.

    Granted the iconic stature she has achieved over the years, Oprah still seems to want to do good and empower others in the same direction.

  • Summer worship services set

    Blessings on the Beach, non-denominational worship services, are set for 8:30 a.m. each Sunday. They are sponsored by Barefoot Beach Chapel at the cabana on East Beach Drive at SE 46 Street on Oak Island.

    Please bring your own lawn chairs or beach blankets.

  • Frankie and Elayne Brantley will celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary May 31. The couple, formerly of Charlotte, now make their home in Sunset Beach. Their children are Sharyn and Randall Morrison of Sunset Beach, Lee Brantley of Davidson, Bart Brantley of Buffalo, N.Y. and Jennifer and James McCall of Davidson. They have five grandchildren, Isaac, Jacob, Caleb and Bethany Morrison of Sunset Beach and Kody Clontz of Davidson.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Jamie Carter of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and Lloyd Inman Hendricks Jr. of Ocean Isle Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Esta Carter of Longs, S.C., and James Ron Carter of Alpharetta, Ga. The prospective groom is the son of Lloyd and Susan Hendricks of Columbia, S.C. A Sept. 27 wedding is planned at Living Water Baptist Church in Longs.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Katie Brooke Tartt of Supply and Anthony Michael DeAnda of Southport. The bride-elect is the daughter of Elaina and Michael Tartt of Supply. The prospective groom is the son of Debbie and Dale Benton of Southport. A June 7 wedding is planned at Ocean Isle Beach.

  • The Winding River Players theatre group hosted a dinner theater on Saturday, April 26, with more than 150 guests. It was in celebration of Winding River Plantation’s new Property Owners’ Club. A cast of 44 and more than 10 behind-the-scenes volunteers worked together for eight weeks to produce “Celebrity Apprentice,” an original script written and directed by Sue MacCallum.

  • BALD HEAD ISLAND—The community, businesses and developer of Bald Head Island recently teamed with the Wounded Warriors Project to host three soldiers and their families on the island for a weekend retreat.

    The soldiers, who visited April 10-14, have all suffered severe injuries during service.

    While on Bald Head Island, the families had a chance to spend quality time together to relax and heal while escaping the rigors of everyday life.