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Today's Features

  • PetSense in Shallotte is having a Pet Adoption Fair from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 29-30.

    Highlights include assorted animals that will be available for adoption as well as vendors who donate to rescue groups.

    Brunswick County Animal Protective Services will be bringing dogs to the event.

    Another highlight is animal owners can bring photos of their pets—or have their pets’ photo made on-site—to be converted into life-size decals.

  • Oregon-based Christian rock band Kutless and four other groups are coming to Shallotte on Friday to perform in concert.

    The concert begins at 7:30 p.m. at Highest Praise Worship Center, 19 Red Bug Road in Shallotte. Doors open at 7 p.m.

    Tickets are $35 for VIP Artists Circle, $20 general admission and $15 for groups of 15 or more.

    VIP ticket-holders must arrive at 5:45 p.m. for a meet-and-greet and question-and-answer with band members in Kutless and Fireflight, another Christian group performing at the church Friday.

  • During Labor Day weekend, the Old Bridge Preservation Society (OBPS) completed another successful summer at the old bridge. Now OBPS membership is looking forward to fall events.
    Throughout the summer, OBPS volunteers were pleased that visitors recognized the positive changes to the old bridge since last summer, such as new landscaping, improvements to the tender house, and accessibility.
    Locals and visitors shared stories and memories and what this iconic bridge in Sunset Beach meant to them.

  • Tom Woods
    Agricultural Technician

  • In last week’s column, I wrote about September being “National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.” One of the big things people are talking about on this subject is the need for people of all ages (but especially children) to get more physical activity.
    Physical activity is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. It helps control weight, builds muscle, reduces fat, promotes strong bones, muscle and joint development and decreases the risk of obesity.

  • Brian Angus in concert
    Tate Music Group recording artist Brian Angus from Cowen, W.Va., will be in concert at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 23, at Full Life Fellowship, 2470 Big Neck Road in Ash. The public is invited to attend this free concert.
    Angus, a songwriter whose music appeals to a variety of musical tastes, will present a mixture of Southern gospel, folk gospel and contemporary Christian music.
    For more information, call the Rev. Donnie Jones at 232-9647.

  • Thanks to the generosity of a newfound friend who let me borrow the book, I just finished a race through “The Devil in Pew Number Seven.” To call it a race is not an understatement, since I pored over the book until I finished it in eight hours. This was not my reacting to a dare or an enticement to competition. It was purely interest-driven. I was captivated by the true story that took place in Columbus County during the 1960s.

  • Friends of the Library to meet Sept. 25
    The Southport and Oak Island Friends of the Library annual meeting will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 25, at the Southport Community Building, 223 East Bay St. in Southport. Guest speaker will be Wilmington Star News writer and author Ben Steelman.
    Admission is free and the public is invited to attend.
    Steelman is a co-author of “Wilmington on Film,” which chronicles more than 25 years of TV and film production in the Cape Fear region. He will focus on productions in Brunswick County.

  • Chili to heat up Moose Lodge Oct. 13
    The Local Heroes Chili Cook-off will take place from noon-3 p.m. Oct. 13 at the Oak Island Moose Lodge. Local fire, rescue and police departments, along with the US Coast Guard, will be competing for the title of “The Best Chili in Town.”
    Tickets on now sale for $10 each. Children 12 and younger are admitted free. Be sure to get $2 off coupons at the Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce and First Citizens Bank, Oak Island branch.

  • Cabbage is one of our oldest vegetables and continues to be a dietary staple and a fairly inexpensive food. It is easy to grow, tolerates the cold and is rich in vitamin C and fiber.
    Just cut up some fresh cabbage, sprinkle it with lemon and enjoy it as a mid-day snack. Or, use it with your favorite tossed salad or pasta dish; or, my favorite, make some fresh cabbage soup.