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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    Summer has set in with its usual severity –– Samuel Taylor Coleridge, 1826

     

  • It’s a miracle! That’s all there is to it. It’s just a miracle! Have you ever said, or heard, those words? Probably each of us has experienced or been witness to some sort of extraordinary happening that defied human explanation and caused us to ponder the presence of the Almighty in our lives. We see tornadoes touch down, destroy a whole town, but leave one house intact. It’s a miracle, we say.

  • 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 just relax in the comfort of our home and just 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.

  • Whether we find our home on the mountaintops of life or on the plains of ordinary stuff, we receive the same message. Whether we are actively prestigious in our nation’s governmental system or arduously putting one step in front of another to meet daily challenges, the message is repeated. Blessed are the peacemakers. Happy are the peacemakers. Holy are the peacemakers.

  • Announcement is made of the forthcoming marriage of Lindsay Chapman Sauls of Holden Beach and Dr. Charles Lloyd Lennon III of Holden Beach. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dixon and Kathryn Sauls of Farmville. The prospective groom is the son of Lloyd and Linda Lennon of Clarkton. A Nov. 28 wedding is planned at May-Lew Farm in Farmville.

  • Airman First Class Ryan J. Dancer, son of Steven and Sharon Nelke Dancer of Leesburg, Ga., graduated from Air Force basic training at Lackland Air Force Base on July 9. Dancer was an honor graduate and achieved expert marksman. He will continue his training by attending Explosive Ordnance Disposal School at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. His parents and all his grandparents —  Otto and Marian Nelke of Sunset Beach, Mary Dancer and Henry Greenemeyer of New Jersey, James Dancer and Joy Ritchie of Florida — attended his graduation.

  • Air Force Airman 1st Class Ashley A. Johndro graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio. She is the granddaughter of Jennie Redmond of Leland.

    Johndro 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.

  • By Sam Marshall

     

  • When asked to bring something to share at a dinner party I usually take some sort of fresh fruit. Fruit is the kind of food that can be served as an appetizer, salad or dessert. Taking a fruit dish is always a good idea, because it assures me there will be some food at the meal I know is healthful.

    I was surprised to hear one of the other guests comment he avoids fruit because of what it does to his blood sugar. Since then, I found an article in a Food and Health Communications newsletter on this very topic written by Hollis Bass.

  • By John Nelson

    We had avocado as a mystery plant a few weeks ago, as every now and then our subject matter comes to us from the produce section of the grocery store. This week’s mystery plant is not from the grocery store, but it is related to avocado.