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Today's Features

  •  By Cheryle Syracuse

    You don’t need me to tell you that Christmas is getting closer and closer. Many folks still have plans to making and give some homemade or home-baked gifts this year. With that in mind I have two thoughts to share about homemade gifts, one a caution and the other a quick and somewhat healthful idea.

  •  By John Nelson

  •  Sauerbraten is a favorite of mine to be served around the holidays. It’s not just a dish you can make for just two, three or four people. Since I start out with a 4- to 5-pound beef roast, it is more conducive to a larger gathering around the holiday season.

  •  Tyler Dean Smith, son of Roger and Virginia Smith of Calabash, graduated with a bachelor of science degree in construction management, with a minor in business administration, during commencement exercises at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee on Saturday, Dec. 13.

    Smith is a 2011 graduate of Brunswick County Early College High School.

  • Nashville singer/songwriter Kate Campbell is headlining the next Listen Up Brunswick County Concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 12, in the fellowship hall of Holden Beach Chapel, 107 Rothschild St. at Holden Beach.

    Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Campbell’s musicianship began at age 7 when the Mississippi native started playing piano, then switched to guitar as a teenager.

    For her subsequent 13 albums, debuting in 1995 with “Songs from the Levee,” she is noted for writing, recording and performing on acoustic guitar.

  • Explore how American colonists celebrated the holidays when Brunswick Town celebrates its annual 18th Century Christmas from 1 to 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 14.

    Costumed interpreters will offer guided tours of St. Philips Anglican Church and historic Brunswick Town on the hour.

    During the program, visitors can enjoy colonial refreshments in the Brunswick Town Visitor Center, participate in traditional games, or try their hand at making Moravian paper stars and other 18th-century crafts.

  •  I have become increasingly enamored of Richard Rohr. It’s like falling in love for the first time. He is a fascinating, funny, famous (in some circles, at least), faithful and never frivolous Franciscan priest of the New Mexico Province.

  •  By Cheryle Jones Syracuse

    I’m seeing a lot of articles, recipes and ideas about how to stay healthy over the holidays. I wonder: How many people really try to do this? We have an annual brunch for our neighbors and everyone brings something to share. Most often these foods are holiday favorites that get dug out of the recipe box and this is the only time of year they are made, but if you’re trying to eat healthy, sometimes it’s hard to find something to eat amongst the sweets, cheese-laden egg dishes and other goodies.

  •  Air Force Airman 1st Class Jonathon K. Hylton, son of Cyndi E. Goulet of Ocean Isle Beach and brother of Christopher S. Hylton of Methune, Mass., graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland in San Antonio.

    Hylton 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.

  •  Wendy Louise Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and Kyle Jackson Baccarny of Ash will wed Friday, Dec. 12, in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands. The bride-elect is the daughter of John and Wendy Sheffield of Ocean Isle Beach and granddaughter of lsadora and the late William Carter and the late J.W. and Louise Prim Sheffield. The prospective groom is the son of Michael and Ann Baccarny of Ash and grandson of Paul and Lois Baccarny and the late Asa Ray and Mary Elizabeth Brady.