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Today's Features

  • Last week I noticed it. The first songbird to sing this spring in my neighborhood was the house finch. On the following Sunday morning, while birding in Southport, I noticed eastern bluebirds singing in several locations. In fact, numerous species were singing that warm morning.

  • Get your cholesterol checked, donate blood and receive the latest health information from local professionals at Health Expo 2008, set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. March 1 at West Brunswick High School in Shallotte.

    The event is sponsored by The Brunswick Beacon.

    Exhibitors will be set up in the West Brunswick gymnasium. Participants will have access to various free screenings including oxygen saturation, lung health, blood pressure, cholesterol, surface electromyography, blood sugar, vision, hearing and more. Chair massages are also available.

  • Remember when you were a child and grandma would spend all day in the kitchen, cooking delicious meals and desserts “the old-fashioned way?”

    Wish you could relive some of those wonderful childhood memories of grandma’s cooking? She didn’t even need to read a recipe or use a measuring spoon—she just somehow “knew” what the right amount of ingredients were. That’s what makes grandmas so great! Don’t you wish you knew how to cook like that, to smell the pies baking, to taste the delicious cookies again?

  • My husband was scheduled for cataract surgery. “It is a simple procedure,” everyone comments, “endured by many senior citizens. Your vision will be so improved that you will be wishing that you had done it years ago.”

  • St. Luke plans services

    Lenten and Holy Week services at Saint Luke Lutheran Church in Ocean Isle Beach:

    Wednesday, Feb. 27: Saint Luke will host the fourth luncheon sponsored by the Greater Shallotte Ministerial Association at noon. The Rev. Richard Farrand will present the meditation Prayer of the Questioner or Grumbler. Lunch is served at noon followed by the prayer service.

    Wednesday March 5: Soup and sandwich supper at 5:30 p.m. followed by Lenten service at 6:30 p.m.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Hannah Elizabeth Pressley to Jonathon Paul Siler, both of Shallotte. The bride-elect is the daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Kevin Pressley of Shallotte. The prospective groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Dean Siler, also of Shallotte. A 7 p.m. March 7 wedding is planned at Ocean View Baptist Church in Ocean Isle Beach. A reception will follow in the family life center.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Chantal Taunton of Bolivia to Clint K. Strommen of Carolina Shores. The bride-elect is the daughter of Jo and Annie Van Den Heuvel-Leinaerts of Maastricht, The Netherlands. The prospective groom is the son of Cliff and Betty Strommen of Carolina Shores. An April wedding is planned.

  • Announcement is made of the engagement of Stacy Rechelle Lear to Jon Vivas, both of of Missoula, Mont. The bride-elect is the daughter of Frank and Deborah Lear of Holden Beach. The prospective groom is the son of Manuel Vivas of Chicago and Dorothy Vivas of Mount Vernon, N.Y. A 4 p.m. May 24 wedding is planned at Heritage Hall, Fort Missoula, Missoula, Mont. The couple has a wedding Web site at www.empressandcommander.com.

  • Jessica Alexandria Frank and Clinton Wyatt Hutton of Sunset Beach were married Dec. 15, 2007, at Tidewater Golf Plantation in North Myrtle Beach, S.C., with Dr. Ronald A. Veenker officiating.

    The bride is the daughter of Joyce D. and Geoffrey M. Frank of Sunset Beach.

    She was given in marriage and escorted by her father.

    Matron of honor was her sister-in-law, Heather K. Rhodes of Elgin, S.C.

    The groom is the son of Frances D. and Harry W. Hutton of Hampstead.

    Best man was Bobby Earwood of Holden Beach.

  • With the afternoon sun beaming down, Lonzie Bryant stood outside Cedar Grove Missionary Baptist Church and basked in the warmth and history.

    The 62-year-old church trustee can recall his childhood, when a more primitive structure preceded the two-story brick church building in the African-American community on Cedar Grove Road.

    He remembers homemade pews, no central heat in winter and no air conditioning or fans in summer, when windows were lifted to let some air in.

    “Most people came to church with a mule and cart,” he said.