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Today's Features

  •  By John Nelson

    In the case you ever visit central South Carolina, you will want to check out our Congaree National Park, one of the most breathtaking places in the world. It boasts an impressive diversity of plants and wildlife, especially migratory birds. Some of its acreage is dominated by tracts of land never before timbered, and thus, some of eastern North America’s tallest forests are here. I’d like to show you an example.

  •  Allen and Jessica Todd of Shallotte are the proud parents of a son, John Allen Todd, born at 1:12 p.m. Oct. 13 at Novant Health  Brunswick Medical Center, and weighing 8 pounds, 11 ounces and measuring 21 ½ inches in length. He joins a sister, Madilyn, 3. Maternal grandparents are Thea Barefoot and the late Wayne Edwards. Paternal grandparents are William and Wanda Todd.

  •  Leanna Edwards of Supply is the proud parent of a son, Bentley Jace Jenkins, born at 11:11 p.m. Oct. 3 at Novant Health Brunswick Medical Center, weighing 5 pounds and 13 ounces and measuring 18 inches in length. He joins brothers Justin, 8, Junior, 5, and sister Meleah, 1. Maternal grandparents are Thea Barefoot and the late Wayne Edwards.

  •  Matthew and Danielle Graves of Supply are the proud parents of a daughter, Chelsea Denise Graves, born at 7:19 p.m. Sept. 27 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, weighing 7 pounds, 12 ounces and measuring 20 inches in length. She joins a sister, Reese Danielle Graves, 17 months. Maternal grandparent is Dee Boyd of Supply and paternal grandparents are Van and Judy Graves of Fritch, Texas. Great-grandparents are Joyce Sims of Supply and Fae Graves of Amarillo, Texas.

  •  When is the last time you sat down and ate a meal with your family?

    If you can’t remember, you’re not alone. A recent New York Times report said “sitting down to three square meals daily is going by way of the landline” because more and more consumers are snacking and grazing throughout the day. The same article reported that Americans are increasingly likely to eat alone at least 50 percent of the time.

  •  You will recall that we started discussing how we praise kids earlier this month. Excellent praise is: 1) credible, 2) process focused not person focused, 3) specific, and 4) focused on important components. Giving excellent praise supports youth in developing a positive self-concept — the way one perceives oneself. Today, we’ll address the third and fourth components of excellent praise.

  •  By John Nelson

    Winter is still a long way off, but the leaves have been falling for several weeks now. Won’t be long before sweaters and jackets, and a steaming bowl of nice hot oatmeal will be part of the morning routine.

  •  Homemade salsa requires little more than a good food chopper or blender, quality ingredients and imagination. The traditional chip salsa is called “pico de gallo,” a mixture of tomato, onions and peppers. Real salsa incorporates many more ingredients. There are also fruit salsas, bean salsas, nut salsas and meat or vegetable salsa.

  •  Cody and Jessica Neville of Winnabow are the proud parents of a son, Luke Mark Neville, born at 1:48 p.m. Aug. 30 at Betty Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital weighing 8 pounds, 7 ounces and measuring 20.5 inches in length.

    He joins sister Emma age 21 months.

    Maternal grandparents are Mark and Jennifer McMahon of Wilmington.

    Paternal grandparents are Troy and Kathy Neville of Winnabow.

    Great-grandparents are David and Jayne Hoffman, Charles and Annell Dyckman and Marylin McKnight and Melba Neville.